Journalists from across the country will come together September 25 for an intensive two-day training designed to help reporters serving communities of color to better cover health care and consumer issues.

The Families USA National Health Policy Journalist Training for Communities of Color comes at the heels of the Affordable Care Act’s first open enrollment period, which saw nearly 13 million people enroll in health coverage. It also comes just before the next open enrollment period in November. We will focus on the impact of the first enrollment period, and preview the outreach strategies and tactics that will strengthen the next open enrollment window. The training offers a timely roadmap to the major health policy issues of the coming year.

Our workshops will also address the cost and quality of care and reducing health disparities. Led by policy experts and seasoned health care journalists, these sessions will improve your understanding of health care policy, implications for consumers, and the special impact journalists can have by educating consumers within communities of color.

We offer a competitive, ongoing rolling application process, so submit your application as soon as possible.

Who should apply?

Journalists interested in enhancing their understanding of health policy issues, the implications for consumers, and their special impact on communities of color should apply. We designed workshops to be accessible to journalists of all backgrounds, but particularly those journalists serving communities of color. Our workshops are tailored to addressing the needs and challenges of health care journalists. Special consideration will be given to those who have never attended.

Where is the training held?

The New Orleans Marriott at 555 Canal Street will host our training this year. Families USA has negotiated special rates for the training and will provide you with more booking information upon the acceptance of your application.

Is there financial assistance available?

A limited number of fellowships are available to offset the cost of travel and accommodations. Please indicate your need for a fellowship on your application.

Whom should I contact if I have questions about the training?

All questions should be directed to Airrion Andrews at or Bryan Fisher at Both can also be reached through the main switchboard at 202-628-3030.