AHCJ and NAJA co-host “Health equity: Medical studies, trials and sourcing” webinar April 14

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Organizations collaborate for second event on health care reporting

The Native American Journalists Association and the Association of Health Care Journalists are hosting a webinar to help journalists learn how (and when) to report on medical studies, find sources and do good, evidence-based reporting on deadline.

AHCJ medical studies core topic leader Tara Haelle and Navajo Times Photojournalist and 2021 National Native Media Awards Best Health Coverage Pro Division III winner Donovan Quintero (Navajo) will lead the discussion during the one-hour webinar and Q&A via Zoom at 4 p.m. CT Thursday, April 14.

Attendees can register for the webinar here. After registering, attendees will receive a confirmation email with information about how to join.

NAJA recognizes that media professionals are confronted with unique challenges when covering issues affecting Indigenous people and communities. The NAJA Roundtable series aims to examine the challenges and best practices for reporting these stories.

This roundtable is the last in a three-part NAJA series focused on health equity in Indian Country and the second “Health Care Reporting 101” webinar for NAJA members by AHCJ, both supported by the Commonwealth Fund.

During the webinar, Haelle will lead a discussion on understanding medical studies to determine if they are worth reporting on as well as clinical trials and what to look out for. Quintero will talk about how he goes about getting a handle on complicated subjects on deadline and how his pandemic reporting has shaped that process.


  • Donovan Quintero is a photojournalist for the Navajo Times and has documented the Diné people from coast to coast. He has written stories on the devastating effects of drought, the destructive yet life-giving forces of forest fires, tribal, state and national elections, community events and protests that highlight the health and environmental impacts uranium mining has on the Navajo people. He won the 2019 and 2020 Nina Mason Pullman Environmental Journalism Awards. Quintero is a Society of Environmental Journalists board member and chairs its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. He has been covering the impacts of COVID-19 on the Navajo Reservation since March 2020.
  • Tara Haelle (@TaraHaelle) is AHCJ’s medical studies core topic leader, guiding journalists through the jargon-filled shorthand of science and research and enabling them to translate the evidence into accurate information. A freelance science and multimedia journalist, she specializes in reporting on vaccines, pediatric and maternal health, parenting, public health, mental health, medical research, and the social sciences. Her work has appeared in National Geographic, The New York Times, NPR, Scientific American, Medscape, Self, Politico, and elsewhere. She co-authored “The Informed Parent: An Evidence-Based Resource for Your Child’s First Four Years” with Emily Willingham, and wrote “Vaccination Investigation: The History and Science of Vaccines” and several science books for children. She blogs at healthjournalism.org and elsewhere.

Katherine Reed, AHCJ’s interim executive director and the organization’s director of education and content, will moderate the Q&A.

A recording of the webinar will be available on the NAJA website and YouTube channel.

The NAJA roundtable series is supported by the following sponsors:

  • Craig Newmark Philanthropies
  • Democracy Fund
  • Ford Foundation
  • Gannett Foundation
  • Google News Initiative
  • Knight Foundation
  • Oklahoma Media Center
  • TEGNA Foundation
  • The Commonwealth Fund
  • The Society of Professional Journalists Foundation
  • Walton Family Foundation

About NAJA
The Native American Journalists Association serves more than 1,000 members, including media professionals working in tribal, freelance, independent and mainstream news outlets, as well as academia and students covering Indigenous communities and representing tribal nations from across North America.

About AHCJ
The Association of Health Care Journalists, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit organization of more than 1,400 members dedicated to advancing public understanding of health care issues. Its mission is to improve the quality, accuracy and visibility of health care reporting, writing and editing.


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