AHCJ and NAJA co-host “Health equity: For Whom Does the System Work?” webinar March 24 

Organizations collaborate as part of NAJA’s equity series and AHCJ’s Health Care Journalism 101 project

The Native American Journalists Association and the Association of Health Care Journalists are hosting a webinar on the subject of health equity and how the U.S. health care system works – or doesn’t, depending on who you are and where you live. 

AHCJ subject matter experts Margarita Martín-Hidalgo Birnbaum and Joseph Burns will lead the discussion during the one-hour webinar and Q&A via Zoom on Thursday, March 24, at 2 p.m. CT, “Health equity: For whom does the system work?”.

Attendees can register for the webinar here. After registering, attendees will receive a confirmation email with information about how to join. 

NAJA recognizes that media professionals are confronted with unique challenges when covering issues affecting Indigenous people and communities. The NAJA Roundtable series aims to examine the challenges and best practices for reporting these stories. 

This roundtable is the second in a three-part NAJA series focused on health equity in Indian Country and the first “Health Care Reporting 101” webinar for NAJA members by AHCJ, both supported by the Commonwealth Fund. NAJA is collaborating with AHCJ on the series and will announce the third in the NAJA lineup at a later date. 

During the webinar, the presenters will talk about health equity in the U.S., how it is measured, and examine the agencies and organizations that make up or oversee the health care system. 

They will also provide an overview of the Indian Health Service (IHS), Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, Veterans Affairs and commercial insurance.


  • Margarita Martín-Hidalgo Birnbaum is a Dallas-based independent journalist and AHCJ’s core topic leader on health equity. Her stories have been published by Univision, the Associated Press and WebMD.
  • Joseph Burns (@jburns18), is a Brewster, Massacheusets-based independent journalist and AHCJ’s core topic leader on health reform. His work has been published in the New York Times, Hospitals & Health Networks, Managed Care magazine, and by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, among others.

Katherine Reed, AHCJ’s interim executive director and the organization’s director of education and content, will moderate the Q&A.

A recording of the webinar will be available on the NAJA website and YouTube channel.

The NAJA roundtable series is supported by the following sponsors:

  • Craig Newmark Philanthropies
  • Democracy Fund
  • Ford Foundation
  • Gannett Foundation
  • Google News Initiative
  • Knight Foundation
  • Oklahoma Media Center
  • TEGNA Foundation
  • The Commonwealth Fund
  • The Society of Professional Journalists Foundation
  • Walton Family Foundation

About NAJA
The Native American Journalists Association serves more than 1,000 members, including media professionals working in tribal, freelance, independent and mainstream news outlets, as well as academia and students covering Indigenous communities and representing tribal nations from across North America.

About AHCJ
The Association of Health Care Journalists, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit organization of more than 1,400 members dedicated to advancing public understanding of health care issues. Its mission is to improve the quality, accuracy and visibility of health care reporting, writing and editing.

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