For Immediate Release
April 03, 2013
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(BPRW) NABJ Addresses Health Disparities at 5th Annual Media Institute on Health, April 4-6 in Washington

- 5th Annual NABJ Media Institute on Health April 4-6, 2013 in Washington, D.C. #NABJHealth13 -

(BLACK PR WIRE) – WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 2, 2013) – The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is proud to announce its 5th Annual Media Institute on Health. The three-day conference will take place April 4-6 in Washington, D.C. and it is hosted by The Kaiser Family Foundation.

On Thursday, April 4, registered attendees will participate in an exclusive White House Briefing on Consumer Health from Administration officials including HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett. U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin will address the conference on Friday, April 5, about anti-obesity and breastfeeding initiatives.

“NABJ is honored to have Secretary Sebelius and Dr. Benjamin join us again for our Media Institute on Health. This is the only conference of its kind to focus on health disparities in communities of color,” said NABJ President Gregory Lee, Jr. “NABJ is committed to providing journalists and media professionals with the resources needed to effectively report on the impact of health care reform and health policy on underserved communities.”

Some of the nation’s top health experts and policy officials will lead thought-provoking sessions that will go beyond the statistics and provide valuable information on topics including the Affordable Care Act, HIV/AIDS, mental health and caregiving. There will also be sessions on using social media for health reporting and the impact of gun violence on children and teens in communities of color.

On Saturday, April 6, journalists will have the opportunity to participate in a roundtable workshop at the National Press Club which will help them digest what they have learned, formulate story ideas and discuss innovative ways to present the information to their respective audiences.

“Whether you are a dedicated health beat reporter or health issues arise in your coverage of business, housing, education or politics, this conference will help you build stronger stories,” said NABJ Parliamentarian and Conference Chair Cindy George.

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An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide. For more information, please visit