Free stuff: Health copy for your readers

CNPA and other state press associations offer a regular article on rural health issues of interest to your readers. There is no charge for the material.
National health reporters such as Trudy Lieberman provide bi-weekly news stories to help readers better understand the health issues in their community, state and nation.

We'll alert you to new columns in the CNPA Bulletin. Please see if this feature has a place in your newspaper's pages or on your website. If you like it, run it.

Recent columns have included:

  • “Headlines About Medical Studies May Be More Enthusiastic Than Accurate”
  • “Air Ambulance Companies Have Consumers in Death Grip”
  • “Resurrecting Old Insurance Model May Limit Who Gets Covered and How Well”
  • “Changes in Tax Law Aren’t Helping Medicare”
  • “Rural People Most Affected by Negative Health Care Trends”

CNPA provides this content, in partnership with the California Press Foundation, Nebraska Press Association Foundation and other state press associations, with the support of a grant from The Commonwealth Fund.

One rural weekly editor in California had this feedback about the content: “As you obviously know, rural areas often get lost in the shuffle when it comes to social policy. Thanks for providing this service.”

To join the email list for columns — at no obligation — please contact Joe Wirt. After you receive the column, see if this feature has a place in your newspaper’s pages or on your website. If you consider it suitable, publish it in print or online.

Trudy Lieberman
Trudy Lieberman, a journalist for more than 40 years, is a contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review where she blogs about health care and retirement. Lieberman has had a long career at Consumer Reports specializing in insurance, health care and health care financing. She was also the director of the Center for Consumer Health Choices at Consumers Union. She is a contributor to The Nation, and has written a column about health and the marketplace for the Los Angeles Times. Lieberman began her career as a consumer writer for the Detroit Free Press where her reporting became a model for consumer writers across the country. She holds a B.S. with distinction, and an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the University of Nebraska.