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Reporting Fellowships on Health Care Performance

Fellowships to USA Journalists to Produce Stories
on National and Local Health Care Systems

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ)

Deadline Date:

10/25/19 Noon CT


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Fellowships of up to $6,500 and in-kind benefits to USA journalists to produce interesting, informative, news projects about healthcare performance. Funding is intended for each fellow to produce a series of stories highlighting a specific topic in the healthcare system, along with its problems and potential improvements, through academic research, interviews, background briefings and site visits. The package can be for a single media platform or multiple platforms.

The project could take several forms. The fellow could choose to evaluate a local health system or a specific local or regional program or an aspect of the national system. An approach might be to compare two health care systems addressing a common problem — access to care for poor and uninsured patients, for example — to see why one community is performing better and why. Fellows pursuing projects such as these would want to consider public data and relevant academic studies in addition to interviews with health care and civic leaders, patients, and others.

Possible topic areas are:
- Efforts to improve patient safety or quality of care or to extend the health care system into underserved communities
- The impact of Accountable Care Organizations on patient care and satisfaction
- How payment structures — shared risk, fee for service, employed clinicians vs. independent contractors — affect health care delivery
- The effectiveness of new approaches to old diseases or evidence-based medicine
- Health system redesign, new technology or other innovations to reduce costs and improve the quality of care

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174537

Estimated Size of Grant:

The fellowship provides:
- Seminar trips, including food, lodging, and travel within the United States
- A project allowance of up to $4,000 that can be tapped for field reporting trips, data purchases, and other approved research expenses;
- Attendance at the AHCJ annual conference, including travel, lodging, and registration
- Attendance at your choice of a one-day AHCJ regional workshop, including travel, lodging, and registration;
one year's professional membership in AHCJ
A $2,500 fellowship award for the successful completion of the project

Term of Contract:

One Year

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Candidates should be experienced U.S.-based, working journalists who qualify for AHCJ professional membership and have expertise in health reporting.

Each employer (or freelancer’s intended outlet) will be asked to provide a letter of recommendation pledging to support the fellow:
- In participating in the fellowship, including attendance at seminars, a conference, and workshop
- In traveling as needed to complete the project
- By providing any editorial and technical support required to publish or air the work by Dec. 31, 2020
- By allowing AHCJ and The Commonwealth Fund to republish or otherwise make available the completed project as an educational tool, with appropriate credit given to the original outlet
- By including mention of the reporter’s fellowship support in the package or series

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is noon CT on Oct. 25, 2019.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application form:

Susan Cunningham

Association of Health Care Journalists
Missouri School of Journalism
10 Neff Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

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