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UND Hosting National Journalism Workshop

Jun 8, 2021

Association of Health Care Journalists The University of North Dakota (UND) will be the host for the Association of Health Care Journalists' virtual Rural Health Journalism Workshop June 21-23. The workshop is sponsored by the UND Leaders in Action Rural Health and Communities Grand Challenge.

Featured Speaker

Thomas Vilsack The featured speaker is U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. As head of the Department of Agriculture, Vilsack leads efforts to improve food and nutrition security, a constant concern in rural areas.

"A significantly greater proportion of our residents live and work in rural areas than a majority of other states in the U.S.," said Shawnda Schroeder, PhD, associate director of research and evaluation for the Center for Rural Health at UND.

"UND houses the North Dakota State Office of Rural Health," Schroeder continued, "which has more than four dozen dedicated team members focused on striving for rural health equity. This is also a great opportunity to share our larger national programs focused on rural health equity with the journalists who most commonly report this information."

The goal of UND's Rural Health and Communities Grand Challenge is to help rural communities solve their unique health and social problems. This is one of five Grand Challenges, which are geared toward generating opportunity by helping diversify North Dakota's economy and addressing social issues.

The easy access, three-day workshop will bring journalists together with healthcare and policy experts who focus on medical needs, and how they differ, for people in rural areas. People living in rural communities can play a large role in setting policy and legislation in many states and across the country.

Other sponsors include The Commonwealth Fund, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.