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“I thought this program was superb!” – Pauline Anderson, Homemakers magazine
“WONDERFULLY surprised at how fined-tuned; logistically precise, and intellectually stimulating the program was! Blown away! Thank you for providing such a well-rounded program; and for keeping everything moving. The trip to Capitol Hill was terrific; very useful. Humbled and pleased to have been included in such a dynamic group of journalists, and to have benefitted from learning from such schooled, passionate speakers.” – Amy Burkholder, CBS News
“Overall, I thought this was a fantastic program. It was an amazing opportunity to meet with the top experts in this fascinating field and learn about the clinical, social and economic implication of this looming crisis. The background I received in this course was invaluable and I believe it will enhance my coverage of Alzheimer's disease. Thank you!” – Caroline Cassels, Medscape Medical News
“I appreciate the enormous effort that went into developing this program for journalists. The timing couldn't have been better. I applaud the NPF for inviting speakers with opposing viewpoints, which always makes for a dynamic program. As a result, I came away with a much better understanding of Alzheimer's Disease and expect our viewers will be the direct beneficiaries. I hope the program will be repeated. Thank you so much for the opportunity!” – Pat Duggan, KING-TV
“Overall it was an excellent in scope and the caliber of participants and staff. I enjoyed being in Washington, D.C., the center of legislation and policy. The program was a great overview of the complexity and nuances of Alzheimer's. I am honored to have participated in the program. Thanks and kudos to the staff for all their hard work and a job well done.” – Karen Gentry, MiBiz
“Overall, a solid job for the first Alzheimer's program. I would highly recommend it to other journalists.” – Thomas Lee, MedCity News
“Overall, I was incredibly impressed by the broad range of experts that NPF found for this program. The level of expertise and discussion was very high in every single session. I came home feeling like an expert on Alzheimer's disease. Also, the fact that Rep. Markey spoke to the group of fellows was very exciting, and a testament to the importance of the program and NPF's work.” – Liz Logan, Make It Better Magazine/MakeItBetter.net
“While evaluations always focus on the things that are less than perfect, I want to emphasize the positive. This program filled a void in health reporting, bringing in a range of top experts to provide a real-time snapshot of the complex challenge that Alzheimer's presents medically, economically, socially and politically. It is invaluable to health reporters who arrive with a crazy quilt of information and leave with a thorough understanding of where we stand with Alzheimer's today. Thank you for including me in this excellent series!” – Tom Murphy, RedwoodAge.com
“IT WAS GREAT!!! SO HELPFUL!!! SO NICE!!! I THINK WE ARE GOING TO DO ONE SERIES OF THREE STORIES ABOUT THE EPIDEMIC AND THE EFFECT IN THE HISPANIC POPULATION AND ANOTHER STORY ABOUT GENOMICS... THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THE INVITATION.. IT'S A GREAT STAFF.. WAS A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE.” – Monica Navarro, KWEX Univision 41
“I really appreciate the opportunity for professional growth that this program presented to me. I came away inspired to cover this important topic, and I am really looking forward to following through on the many article ideas that the program generated. Thanks!” – Diana Price, Omni Health Media
“The program was absolutely wonderful and I thank all of those who had such a big part in creating it.” – Denise Reynolds, eMaxHealth.com
On December 5-8, 2010, NPF conducted our first comprehensive program for journalists on Alzheimer’s Disease, a public health issue that may well force dramatic change to our society. This four-day, all-expenses-paid program featured experts on topics including the latest research in prevention, diagnosis and treatment; the soaring costs of care and lost productivity; and the personal stress of care-giving. It included a visit to Capitol Hill for discussions with lawmakers and dealt with steps families need to take before it’s too late. Special expert sessions helped digital and broadcast journalists find, modify and use the graphics that will grab an audience for this complex story.
This program was underwritten by Pfizer Inc. ( click here for funding info); contributions from the Lawrence Taishoff Endowment Fund at NPF; and the NPF programs fund.
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