SABEW awarded $35,000 grant to develop series of programs on health care, Affordable Care Act

Special to SABEW

business of healthcarePHOENIX, July 8, 2013 — The Society of American Business Editors and Writers will conduct a series of education programs on the business of health care beginning in late summer, thanks to a $35,000 grant from The Commonwealth Fund.

The series will include a two-day symposium of concentrated study for more experienced reporters, said Warren Watson, executive director of SABEW.

That program will be held in Chicago in November.  Fifteen fellows will be selected through an open enrollment process.

Other projects covered in the grant will include a panel discussion at the Oct. 3-4 SABEW fall conference in New York, a teletraining event in August, and a webinar in September, Watson said.

commonwealth_fund_logoIt is the sixth such grant the Commonwealth Fund has awarded to SABEW, which has conducted more than a dozen workshops and other activities on the business of health care under the Commonwealth Fund’s sponsorship since 2007.

“We’re grateful once again for the support,” said Watson.  “Our goal is to help members and others improve their knowledge of this important business subject.  Health care is complex and our various programs will allow us to drill at various layers of depth.”

With Commonwealth’s help, SABEW conducted an in-depth symposium in January 2013 in New York City.  This year’s symposium will be held at Reuters headquarters in Chicago.

The symposium will be open to reporters and media companies nationwide. Through an application process, participants will be selected by SABEW and be given fellowships that will cover travel, hotel and other costs.

Details on the selection process will be announced soon.

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 health care issues and making grants to improve health care practice and policy. An international program in health policy is designed to stimulate innovative policies and practices in the United States and other industrialized countries.

“Many, many journalists have benefited from our programs made possible by the Commonwealth Fund’s support,” said Watson.

For more information, contact SABEW executive director Warren Watson at or call 602-496-5186.

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