$230,000 Grant to Support Health Information Technology Training for Journalists

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Gift from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Will Improve Health Communication

Columbia, Mo. (May 16, 2016) — The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded a three-year $230,000 grant to the Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, the educational arm of the Association of Health Care Journalists. The center and the association are based at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Association of Health Care Journalists

Association of Health Care Journalists

The funding will support the association’s annual conference, a Web-based reporting curriculum on health information technology and a regional journalism workshop on health information technology.

The association’s annual conference is the premier training event for journalists interested in health and health care reporting. The Web support will be part of AHCJ’s core topic curriculum, which includes a variety of areas, including health reform, medical studies, aging and social determinants and disparities. The regional workshop on health information technology will take place in San Francisco this fall.

“We are excited that the Moore Foundation sees the importance of bringing journalists up to speed on health information technology,” said Len Bruzzese, executive director of AHCJ. “The result will be a public better informed about everything from remote health monitoring to their own electronic health records.”

Bruzzese is also an associate professor in the journalism school.

The Moore Foundation was founded in 2000 by semiconductor industry pioneer and Intel co-founder Gordon Moore and his wife, Betty.

The Association of Health Care Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public understanding of health care issues. With about 1,500 members across the United States and around the globe, its mission is to improve the quality, accuracy and visibility of health care reporting, writing and editing. The association and its Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism provide training, resources and a professional home for journalists. Offices are based at the Missouri School of Journalism.

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation fosters path-breaking scientific discovery, environmental conservation, patient care improvements and preservation of the special character of the San Francisco Bay Area. Visit Moore.org or follow @MooreFound.

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