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Health Blog Event – Be There If You Can!

I’m really looking forward to this medical blog meeting in DC. Here is the media release – I hope to see you there!

On Tuesday, July 29, the Kaiser Family Foundation is sponsoring a discussion about the growing influence of blogs on health news and policy debates. Only in the past few years has the blogosphere become mainstream. In the health policy arena, we now see policymakers, journalists, researchers and interest groups utilizing this new media tool to deliver information to their audiences.

The briefing will highlight how the traditional health policy world has embraced blogging and will feature a keynote address by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt, the first cabinet officer to author an official blog, followed by a moderated discussion with a variety of health policy bloggers and a media analyst.

Questions to be explored with the panelists include: Why do individuals and organizations blog? How does blogging impact the broader work of an organization? Are there different standards used when blogging versus other writing? Have blogs impacted the news business significantly? What kind of influence are blogs having on political and policy debates?

Welcome and Introduction Drew Altman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Kaiser Family Foundation

Keynote Address The Honorable Michael O. Leavitt Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Panel Discussion Vicky Rideout (moderator) Vice President, Kaiser Family Foundation and Director, Kaiser Forum on Health Journalism and the News Business

Jacob Goldstein, Wall Street Journal

Michael Cannon, Cato Institute

Ezra Klein, American Prospect Magazine

John McDonough, Office of Senator Edward Kennedy and formerly of Health Care for All in Massachusetts

Tom Rosenstiel, Center for Excellence in Journalism

WHEN: Tuesday, July 29, lunch served at 12:30 p.m. and program begins at 1:00 p.m. Add this event to your Outlook Calendar (Please note that all times are ET). WHERE: Barabara Jordan Conference Center , 1330 G Street, NW , Washington , DC . For those who cannot attend, the event will be webcast live. RSVP: If you plan to attend the event, please send your name and affiliation to

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3 Responses to “Health Blog Event – Be There If You Can!”

  1. rlbates says:

    Do you have a link for the live webcast for those of us who will need to attend that way? 

  2. ValJonesMD says:

    I don’t have the webcast information. Please reach out to either of the following to obtain webcast info:

    Rakesh Singh

    (202) 654-1313

    Tiffany Ford

    (202) 347-5270

  3. anonymous says:

    Do you have a link for the live web cast for those of us who will demand to attend that way?



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