Banner Health, University of Arizona welcomed AHCJ to Phoenix

Nearly 600 members of the national Association of Health Care Journalists heard speakers, toured facilities at annual conference, April 12-15.

PHOENIX – Banner Health and the University of Arizona were proud to be co-sponsors of Health Journalism 2018, the Association of Health Care Journalists annual meeting, held here April 12-15.

The annual conference hosts hundreds of reporters, editors, producers and news directors who take part in four days of workshops, panels, roundtables and field trips covering the latest topics in medical science, health policy, public health, medical education, consumer health and the business of health care.

More than 20 speakers from Banner and the UA, including the UA Colleges of Medicine in Phoenix and Tucson, UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, UA James E. Rogers College of Law and UA College of Engineering, presented at the conference. Experts from the fields of Alzheimer’s, cancer, climate change, genetic testing, hospital finance, medical education, pandemics, precision medicine, nutrition, health-care economics and Valley fever, spoke on panels.

In addition, both organizations provided joint field trips for reporters, including visits to sites such as:

  • Banner Health’s TeleICU , which provides long-distance extra monitoring and care to intensive-care patients thousands of miles away
  • MedLink, an in-flight medical emergency call center that helps thousands of patients a year. It is housed at located inside Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix.
  • The UA College of Medicine – Phoenix’s Center for Simulation and Innovation, where reporters scrubbed in and experienced a realistic simulated labor and delivery.
  • The UA College of Medicine – Phoenix Center for Applied NanoBioscience and Innovation research lab. Reporters saw Star Trek-like devices including organ-on-a-chip technology, which acts as a digital stomach; a rapid blood test being developed for NASA to determine astronauts’ radiation exposure with a pinprick; and an innovative mobile health platform that can diagnose pathogens, Ebola and other tropical diseases.

For more information about conference participants, please check the Banner Health/UA newsroom for the event at

For information about the Banner and UA panelists, please visit the following:

World Unprepared for Global Pandemic, UA Expert Predicts

David Beyda, MD, also discussed ethical dilemmas health-care providers face during outbreaks.


Collaboration is key to Conquering Cancer Says UA Expert

William Cance, MD, addressed journalists at a recent national journalism conference.


International Travel Poses Threat of Spreading Disease, Says UA Expert

Kacey C. Ernst, PhD, MPH, joined a panel of experts on an Association of Health Care Journalists conference presentation titled, “Is climate change a threat to public health?”

Valley fever and Other Regional Diseases: A Struggle for Awareness

John N. Galgiani, MD, was one of four panelists who discussed “Valley fever and other regional diseases: A struggle for awareness” at a recent national conference for health journalists.

UA Researcher Seeks to Protect Pacemakers from Hacking

Roman Lysecky, PhD, joined a panel of experts in a discussion of “The lurking danger of medical device hackers.”

New Look at 45-Year-Old UA Study Suggests Insomnia-Mortality Link

Sairam Parthasarathy, MD, addressed health-care journalists at an April 13 panel discussion, “Is Lack of Sleep Killing Us?”