Johns Hopkins welcomes more than 750 health care journalists to Baltimore for conference

Association of Health Care Journalists' 20th annual meeting will take place at Hilton Baltimore through Sunday

Johns Hopkins University welcomed more than 750 health care journalists to Baltimore on Thursday for Health Care Journalism 2019, the Association of Health Care Journalists' 20th annual health journalism conference.

The event, which runs through Sunday at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor, is being co-hosted by Johns Hopkins University, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Medicine, and the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Reporters who attend cover a wide range of clinical and public health issues for local and national media outlets.

The conference began Thursday with a series of educational trips to Hopkins research, clinical, and teaching facilities as well as opening remarks by Otis Brawley, a cancer screening and prevention expert who recently joined Johns Hopkins as a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor. He was introduced by Ellen J. MacKenzie, dean of the Bloomberg School.

"We are thrilled to represent Johns Hopkins University in co-hosting AHCJ's Health Care Journalism 2019, along with our colleagues at the Schools of Nursing and Medicine," MacKenzie said. "The work of health care journalists is crucial for greater public understanding of research and policies that affect our lives and our communities. The conference provides an opportunity to feature some of the great work being done by clinical, nursing, and public health researchers and practitioners for the AHCJ members coming to Baltimore."

The conference will feature nearly 60 Johns Hopkins faculty experts, along with panelists from area institutions, who will speak on subjects including measles, obesity, gun violence prevention, transplantation, Alzheimer's disease, global health, and mental illness and hearing loss in older adults.

You can follow the AHCJ conference conversation on social media at #AHCJ2019.