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ISSUE 3, October 2012 www.project-heart.eu
Index:

- Overview of the HeaRT Project
- HeaRT training modules
- Training Seminars
- E-learning tool

Overview of the HeaRT Project


Vocational training on health reporting for journalists

The Project

HeaRT was a 2-year Leonardo da Vinci, Grundvig and Dissemination project (2010-2012) co-funded by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency.

Objectives and outcomes

The main objective was to develop vocational training tools offering specialized knowledge and skills to journalists, so as to improve health reporting training in the EU. The project's final outcomes include:

  • An electronic platform with all available educational courses on health journalism in Europe (with links and useful information on each course) on www.project-heart.eu 
  • Training methodology and curriculum that combine expertise from both health and journalism
  • Seminars for journalists in 6 EU countries (Germany, Greece, Estonia, Romania, Finland, United Kingdom)
  • Online training tool on health reporting available in English German, Greek, Estonian, Romanian and Finnish
  • European Conference on Health Journalism in November 2012, in Greece
  • National info days in United Kingdom, Estonia, Romania, Germany and Finland


    HeaRT Info Day in Bucharest, October 25

HeaRT Training Modules

Αs part of the project, training materials on the following topics were developed. Materials are available in different languages at www.project-heart.eu.

► Medical research and science
► The business - Economics of healthcare
► Health policy
► Healthcare quality and performance
► Global health
► Consumer - Lifestyle health
► Health disparities
► How to understand statistics
► How to do multimedia reporting
► Public Health & the politics of healthcare
► How to evaluate conflicts of interest
► How to understand hospital & other financial reports
► The workings of publicly financed health programs
Training Seminars


Quick Facts:

✔ Modules reported as most needed in each country were selected

✔ Each partner organized a "4-day" equivalent workshop in their language

Participants:

  • journalists covering health issues
  • journalism & media students
  • other interested professionals
Faculty: Partners & external experts from both the fields of health & journalism


Activities included:

✔ Lectures

✔ Case studies and practical examples


Material was distributed in both electronic and hard-copy versions:

Educational modules & presentations, other resources/ materials

✔ Reference to the educational opportunities database

✔ A glossary for translating basic medical terms for the public in lay language


Evaluation took place through questionnaires



Workshops in each partner country

Greece
One 4-day workshop
Modules taught:
  • Medical research and science
  • How to evaluate conflicts of interest
  • Global health
  • Consumer - Lifestyle health
  • How to understand statistics
  • The business - Economics of healthcare
Number of participants: 47
United Kingdom
Two 2-day workshops
Modules taught:
  • Medical research and science
  • How to evaluate conflicts of interest
  • Global health
  • How to understand statistics
  • The business - Economics of healthcare
  • Health policy
  • Healthcare quality & performance
  • Understanding hospital and other financial reports
Number of participants: 35
Finland
One 2-day workshop
Modules taught:
  • Medical research and science
  • Consumer - Lifestyle health
  • How to understand statistics
Number of participants: 25
Romania
Two 2-day workshops
Modules taught:
  • Medical research and science
  • Health Disparities
  • Health policy
  • The business - Economics of healthcare
Number of participants: 41
Estonia
Four 1-day workshops
Modules taught:
  • How to evaluate conflicts of interest
  • Global health
  • The workings of publicly financed health programs
  • How to understand hospital & other financial reports
  • Health policy
  • Health disparities
Number of participants: 43
Germany
Two 2-day workshops
Modules taught:
  • Medical research and science
  • The business - Economics of healthcare
  • Public health & the politics of healthcare
  • Global health
  • Multimedia reporting
Number of participants: 32
E-learning tool


The e-learning training tool is available at HeaRT website at:
http://www.project-heart.eu/index.php/projectheart/tools/elearning.

Visit it to find:


► the database with the available training opportunities on health reporting

► the educational modules in 6 languages

  • each module includes content on the specific health issue, useful links, resources and in some cases videos from the workshops
► the health related terms glossary in 6 languages

► an "ask for an article review" section

News


EU Conference

110 participants, including health journalists and experts from 12 countries in Europe met up in Athens’ Acropolis Museum on October 15 to hear the results of HeaRT project. They gave a warm welcome to calls for the basic skills and knowledge of health reporting to be incorporated into the curriculum of all accredited and other journalism courses at universities and colleges in every country.

Additional papers and contributions from leading health journalists in the USA, Ireland, Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Romania, UK and Portugal followed on the opening introductions which outlined the work of the six partner organisations in the project.


HeaRT EU CONFERENCE ON HEALTH JOURNALISM
Monday, October 15, 2012
Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece

SESSION I
Professor Dimitris Linos, President of Prolepsis, Greece
Afroditi Veloudaki, HeaRT Project Manager, Prolepsis, Greece
Dina Zota, Health Promotion Specialist, Prolepsis, Greece
Martin Kilgus, Journalist, SWR, Germany
Athanassios Petralias, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Statistics, Athens University of Economics and Business, Scientific research advisor, Ministry of Development, Research associate, Prolepsis, Greece
Mihaela Danga, Center of Independent Journalism, Romania
John Lister, University of Coventry, UK



SESSION II
Yiannis Devetzoglou, Journalist, Newspaper "TA NEA", Greece
Trudy Lieberman, Contributing Editor, Columbia Journalism Review, US
George Pleios, Professor, Head of the Department of Communication and Media Studies, University of Athens, Greece
Rinke van den Brink, Health Editor and Research Journalist, NOS News, Netherlands
Dr. Muiris Houston, Medical Journalist and Health Analyst, The Irish Times, Ireland
Wiebke Rögener-Schwarz, Research Assistant, Chair of Science Journalism, Institute of Journalism, University of Dortmund, Germany


SESSION III
Katia Makri, Journalist, Head of Political and Economic Topics, REAL NEWS
Anna Wagstaff, Assistant Editor, Cancer World, UK
Vlad Mixich, Senior Editor for HotNews.ro, Romania
Nicholas Timmins, Senior fellow The King's Fund, UK
Mark Nicholls, Health Journalist, Medical Journalist Association, UK

SESSION IV
Isidoros Karatzas, Head of the Ethics Sector, European Commission, DG Research & Innovation
Amelia Beltramini, Managing Editor of FOCUS, Italy

SESSION V
Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Thomson Reuters, UK
Germain Thinus, Policy Officer, European Commission, Health Threat Unit













HeaRT Partnership


The HeaRT partnership comprises of 6 Partners from 6 countries.



Main Partner:
• Institute of Preventive Medicine, Environmental and Occupational Health, Prolepsis - Greece



Associated Partners:
• Coventry University - United Kingdom
• University of Tartu - Estonia
• Finnish Institute of Occupational Health - Finland
• University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf - Germany
• Center for Independent Journalism - Romania

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Institute of Preventive Medicine Environmental & Occupational Health, Prolepsis
7, Fragoklisias Street, 151 25, Marousi, Athens GR
T: +30 210 6255700, F: +30 210 6106810
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