HEAL Health Writers & Editors Convention
HEAL Foundations is the largest network of Health Writers across India & SAARC Countries. HEAL creates various knowledge disseminating opportunities and platform for media fraternity on hosts of health issues plaguing Indian society.
An issue of great importance for public health today is – how to bring in changes in behavior in order to improve wellbeing of our ever increasing population!
Although threats to public health come from various domains, health behavior is a primary concern because of its large contribution to morbidity. There is a paradigm shift in people’s attitude & behaviour towards health and wellness and the media plays a vital role in shaping it up.
Precisely for this reason, there is an urgent need of bringing all the health and science writers on a common platform where they can meet and discuss with their fellow colleagues, and can disseminate information in a convincing manner to the common man.
With this objective in mind, we are organizing the 5th National Health Writers and Editors Convention in November 2017 at Hyderabad, Telangana. The Telangana government is supporting and partnering with us in this venture.
This convention will see the participation of health and science writers from all over India.The overarching objective of the convention is to initiate a dialogue among stakeholders who play an imperative role in shaping the opinion and perception among general masses. The practical goal is to encourage people to contribute positively in spreading knowledge about various healthcare issues thus leading to behavioural change.
1st Health Writers and Editors Convention
The first convention by HEAL was organized in the year 2008. The two day long workshop saw participation from many eminent health writers and editors from all across the country. The key note address at the workshop was delivered by then Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss.
Glimpses of 1st Health Writers and Editors Convention
2nd National and Health Writers Convention
The second convention took place in the year 2009. Internationally renowned Doctors, Health Writers from across the nation, Health Activists, and Development Professionals put their heads together and shared their experiences in health care sector with each other. It provided the right opportunity for health writers to comprehend and understand new developments in the field of health care.
Glimpses of 2nd Health Writers and Editors Convention
3rd National and Health Writers Convention
The third convention took place in the year 2013. The three day event saw eminent speakers from the medical fraternity and the corporates operating in the healthcare domain. Journalists specialized in the health beat from across India attended the convention. Various topics addressing issues concerned in the interest of public health were covered in the sessions. Innovation in the health space and its impact on the overall health sector in India was one of the key drivers of the convention.
Glimpses of 3rd Health Writers Convention
- Download souvenir of the 3rd National Health Writers and Editors Convention
- Watch video summary of the 3rd National Health Writers and Editors Convention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkdFm5KJxaw
4th National and Health Writers Convention
The fourth National Health Writers and Editors Convention (NHWEC) held at Country Inn, Goa in September 2014 presented an excellent opportunity to health writers across the country to network, connect and train in the finer nuances of health journalism. The convention, which offered deep insights into trends shaping the healthcare sector in India, received an overwhelming response from health writers and stakeholders.
Health is back in focus with issues like sanitation, malnutrition and lifestyle diseases garnering attention. More recently, the focus has also been on accessibility and affordability, and there has been a lot of talk about ‘Health Assurance’. Recognizing the importance of these issues, the 4th NHWEC sought to engage participants in focused conversations on related problems and their possible solutions. The idea was to delineate clearly the role of health writers in helping implement these solutions.
The issues discussed at the convention, which included disease management, critical care delivery, health insurance, data mining and healthy snacking, span the entire gamut of the healthcare spectrum. One of the key takeaways from the discussions was that health writers have a very important role to play in putting these issues at the centre of the nation’s conscience.
- Organised at Goa.
- A 3 day convention which saw a large gathering of health bloggers
- Key speakers
- Harsh Vardhan, Union Health Minister of India
- Laxmikant Parsekar, Health Minister, Goa
- K. G. Suresh, Director, India Media Centre
- Dr. Chandrakant S. Pandav, Head of Department, Centre for Community Medicine, AIIMS, New Delhi
- D. G. Shah, Secretary General, Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance
- Dr. K. K. Kalra, CEO, National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers.
- Download souvenir of the 4th National Health Writers and Editors Convention
- Watch video summary of the 4th National Health Writers and Editors Convention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJSUmNXf6_s