SABEW Announces 2019 Health Care Symposium Fellows

Posted By Aimee O'Grady on Thursday May 30, 2019

Fifteen journalists were selected as fellows for SABEW’s seventh annual Health Care Symposium, made possible by a grant from The Commonwealth Fund.

The group will gather in Washington, D.C., June 27-29 at the National Press Club and at the Bloomberg Washington bureau. The symposium will help the fellows better understand health care economics and will provide an update on the Affordable Care Act. Fellows will be able to share and test out story ideas.

The 2019 health care fellows are:

“Journalists need support to cover an unclear and rapidly changing health care landscape,” said Kathleen Graham, executive director of SABEW. “The symposium will help reporters better understand the future of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, single-payer health care models and prescription drug pricing.”

Here’s the schedule.

Speakers include Joan Alker, The Center for Children and Families, executive director and co-founder; Sara Collins, vice president for the Health Care Coverage and Access program at The Commonwealth Fund; Katie Keith, part-time researcher at the Center on Health Insurance Reforms and principal at Keith Policy Solutions at Georgetown University; Sydney Lupkin, data correspondent at Kaiser Health News; John Kagia, industry analytics at New Frontier Data; and Leigh Purvis, director of health services research at AARP’s Public Policy Institute.

Ridgely Ochs, former health care reporter at Newsday, is producing the symposium.

The symposium is part of a grant from The Commonwealth Fund to SABEW to educate journalists on health care issues. The Commonwealth Fund is a national, private foundation based in New York City that supports independent research on health care issues and makes grants to improve health care practice and policy. For more information, visit


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