SABEW Accepting Applications for January Healthcare Symposium in New York

$30,000 Commonwealth grant focuses on professional development of reporters

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Special to SABEW--Applications are now being accepted from healthcare journalists interested in taking part in a two-day SABEW fellowship program on the business aspects of healthcare.

The Commonwealth Fund awarded a $30,000 grant to the Society of American Business Editors and Writers to develop a two-day symposium in New York City.

The session, which will be limited to 12-14 journalists selected through an application process, will be held Jan. 18-19 at Reuters headquarters at 3 Times Square.

Application deadline is Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. Eastern time.

SABEW and Commonwealth have teamed up before to offer specialized education in healthcare reporting. It is the fifth such grant the Commonwealth Fund has awarded to SABEW, which has conducted a dozen open workshops and other activities on the business of healthcare under Commonwealth’s sponsorship since 2007.

“Issues surrounding the nation’s healthcare continue to be a major business story. We’re pleased that the Commonwealth Fund will be working with us again to help educate reporters and editors in the complexities of the topic,” said Warren Watson, the SABEW executive director who is developing the training program.

The symposium will be geared to expert reporters from media companies nationwide. Participants will be selected by SABEW and an advisory committee, and be given fellowships that cover travel, hotel and other costs for the New York program.

Journalists hoping to attend the two-day seminar should apply by sending a letter of interest and a resume to Warren Watson, SABEW, Suite 416, Cronkite School, 555 North Central, Phoenix, AZ 85004. In the letter, applicants should explain their background and interest in the topic and benefits they believe they would derive from participation.

Topic areas expected to be included: Affordable Care Act implementation, healthcare bundling, state-based healthcare exchanges, Medicare reform, Medicaid, healthcare payment innovation and reform, handling healthcare data, and how businesses will deal with insurance plans for employees.

About The Commonwealth Fund:

With offices in New York City and Washington, D.C., The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that aims to promote a high-performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society's most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults. The Commonwealth Fund carries out this mandate by supporting independent research on health care issues and making grants to improve health care practice and policy.

For more information, contact SABEW executive director Warren Watson at or call 1-602-496-5186.

Warren Watson, 602-496-5186

Source: Society of American Business Editors & Writers