Grady College and SABEW Health Care Symposium

The Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication has partnered with the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) to host the organization's 2014 Health Care Symposium Nov. 13-14 at UGA's Gwinnett Campus.

The Commonwealth Fund awarded a grant to SABEW to develop the symposium, which is co-sponsored by Grady's graduate program in Health & Medical Journalism, the Center for Health and Risk Communication and the Cox Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management & Leadership.

This year's program will focus on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, but will also feature discussion on broader healthcare topics and their effects on business and the economy. Glen Nowak, director of the Center for Health and Risk Communication, will be a featured speaker on Thursday, and Pat Thomas, who holds the Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism at Grady College, will moderate a reporters' roundtable discussion to conclude the event on Friday.

“Healthcare is one of the most important and complex economic stories we cover in the media,” said Marty Wolk, SABEW president and managing editor of MSN Money. “These annual seminars, developed by SABEW with support from the Commonwealth Fund, have become great opportunities to meet with experts, generate new story ideas and share notes with others covering the beat.” Previous symposiums were held in New York and Chicago.

The journalists attending this year's event were selected through an application process managed by SABEW. For more details on the conference and the list of attendees, please visit the Business of Healthcare website.

Members of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers Inc. have joined together in the common pursuit of the highest standards of economic journalism, through both individual and collective efforts. Recognizing that economic freedom is inextricably linked to political freedom and that an informed citizenry can ensure that these freedoms are sustained, it is the Society's mission as an independent, not-for-profit organization to encourage comprehensive reporting of economic events without fear or favoritism and to upgrade skills and knowledge through continuous educational efforts.

About the Commonwealth Fund
With offices in New York City and Washington, D.C., The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that aims to promote a high-performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society's most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults. The Commonwealth Fund carries out this mandate by supporting independent research on healthcare issues and making grants to improve healthcare practice and policy.

Date: November 12, 2014
Author:  Keith Herndon,
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The Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication has partnered with the Society of America