Health Journalism 2023 - St. Louis

Thursday, March 9, 2023
8:00 AM (CST)
to Sunday, March 12, 2023 at 12:00 PM (CDT)
* Registration open until 2/17/23 at 12:00 AM (CST)
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* Registration open until 2/17/23 at 12:00 AM (CST)
Exhibitors Hotel Program
Category: Annual conference

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder and the subject of his new book, Boston physician to the homeless Jim O’Connell, will keynote Health Journalism 2023 on March 9 in St. Louis.

Kidder will read from the book, “Rough Sleepers: Dr. Jim O’Connell’s Urgent Mission to Bring Healing to Homeless People,” and he and O’Connell will take part in a discussion and Q&A. The event will be followed by a book signing as part of a Thursday evening reception that kicks off the 3.5-day conference at the Union Station Hotel.

Tracy Kidder and Dr. Jim O'Connell


An excerpt of the book was published Jan. 8 in the New York Times magazine.

Former U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams is the featured speaker the next day, March 10, talking about "What COVID can teach us about our nation's health and ourselves."

Saturday's luncheon roundtable, "Malignant misinformation: The quest for a 'cure,'  will be led by Washington Post reporter on disinformation Lauren Weber and Kaiser Family Foundation Senior Fellow for Disinformation Irving Washington with panelists Dr. Garth Graham of Google and YouTube and Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The conference also offers members two field trips and more than 60 sessions with scores of experts on a variety of topics, including: 

  • Why that scientist might not call you back
  • Working with whistleblowers: Protecting them, protecting yourself
  • Investigating pesticide use in food production and its impacts on environment and health
  • Making your work more accessible to people with disabilities
  • Firearm violence prevention research: Reporting the deadly trends
  • How mRNA technology may change approaches to diseases
  • A book talk on “American Sirens: The Incredible Story of the Black Men Who Became America's First Paramedics,” with author Kevin Hazzard
  • Domestic violence as a public health problem and a social determinant of health
  • Frontiers in covering chronic pain — Is there a holy grail?
  • How private equity investors are reshaping health care
  • How states can improve access to addiction treatment
  • Abortion bans and maternal health

Stay tuned on AHCJ’s website and social media channels for more conference details and updates. 

Registration fees:

  • Early Bird registration: $199 (until January 18, 2023)
  • Regular registration: $275 (January 19-February 17, 2023)
  • On-site registration: $325
  • Student registration: $100

*HJ23 attendees must be current members

Public relations and public information officers are not eligible for membership. A limited number of PR/PIO representatives and Public Agency/Foundation staff may register for HJ23. Those registrations are reviewed in batches and registrants will be notified whether the registration has been approved.

Cancellation Policy: All refund requests must be made in writing. A $75 administrative fee will be deducted from cancellations before February 1, 2023. No refunds will be given after February 1, 2023.






* Registration open until 2/17/23 at 12:00 AM (CST)
Register Now
* Registration open until 2/17/23 at 12:00 AM (CST)
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Early Bird registration is open
until January 18, 2023

Regular registration is open
January 19-February 17, 2023