Center for Health Reporting, operating since 2008, is in transition

The USC Annenberg-based Center for Health Reporting, which has published more than 150 projects with 50 California news media partners over the past five years, is investigating new funding sources.

Since the Center’s origins in 2008, the health policy landscape has experienced enormous change. It is time to re-imagine what should be the focus of health care journalism. In the next several months, the Center will call on stakeholders to seek out their views of that changed terrain.

The Center’s prize-winning work has changed state policies in children’s dental care, fighting forest fires and oversight of assisted living facilities, and has increased awareness on issues ranging from mental illness to black infant mortality to the current vaccination debate. The Center’s “Ask Emily” column, which is published by more than 25 media organizations across the state, is the leading consumer report on the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

The Center’s funding grant with the California HealthCare Foundation runs through the end of 2015, and new project partnerships will continue.