USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism and Internet Brands/WebMD Partnership to Support Deeper Reporting & Public Understanding of Mental and Developmental Health Issues of Children and Youth

A focus on the impact of the pandemic

LOS ANGELES, April 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism and Internet Brands/WebMD Impact Fund today announced a new partnership to support the Center’s commitment to deepen reporting and public understanding of the mental health and developmental challenges of children and youth and potentially permanent effects of the social effects linked to the pandemic. changes.

USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism

The centerpiece of this partnership is the creation of the Kristy Hammam Fund for Health Journalism, named in honor of the former senior vice president and editor-in-chief of WebMD, who passed away in 2021.

“The Center for Health Journalism is honored to partner with the Internet Brands/WebMD Fund at this pivotal time,” said Michelle Levande, founding director of the Center for Health Journalism. “Youth mental health issues have been exacerbated by the pandemic. This partnership will support our efforts to provide essential knowledge to journalists across our country, at a time when thoughtful, in-depth, investigative and explanatory reporting is more critical than ever.

The Kristy Hammam Fund for Health Journalism will support a professional journalist affiliated with the Center’s National Fellowship Program with funding, training and mentorship for six months on issues of equity in the health and well-being of children, American youth and families. The partnership will also include support from the Center Health issues webinar series.

Health Matters webinars provide meaningful and actionable insights from leading public health experts, policy researchers and leading journalists to a wide range of journalists from rural communities to big cities. This initiative will support webinars on pressing issues in child and adolescent mental health and development. The Health Matters series emphasizes health equity and health disparities, including explorations of systemic racism in health systems and community health, and the potential for meaningful change.

“As the largest health information platform, WebMD is acutely aware of the combined impact the pandemic and health inequalities have had on children and youth nationwide, and we share USC Annenberg’s commitment to raising awareness of these issues,” said Lea Gentry, Vice President of Content for WebMD Group. “By harnessing the power of health journalism to not only inform, but to inspire engagement and action, we have the potential to bring about meaningful change that can transform the lives of a generation scarred by the pandemic. .”

About the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism

the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism, founded in 2004 in Annenberg School of Journalism, is the leading national health journalism organization focused on health equity and health disparities. It helps journalists investigate health issues and solutions in their communities through factual, rigorous reporting that serves as a catalyst for change. The Center advances “impact reporting” that combines powerful storytelling, unassailable data and engagement with the communities journalists serve. The Center has partnered with more than 1,200 journalists and their newsrooms to produce impactful journalism on health and health equity that has changed laws and policies and sparked new community conversations. Its Health Matters webinar series boosts coverage and builds capacity for journalists, bringing top-notch information, context and expert advice on pressing health and social care issues to journalists rushing to their desks. You can learn more about the Centre’s initiatives here.

About WebMD Health Corp.

WebMD, an internet brand company, is at the heart of the digital health revolution that is transforming the healthcare experience for consumers, patients, healthcare professionals, employers, health plans and systems. health. Through public and private online portals, mobile platforms and health-focused publications, WebMD provides cutting-edge digital content and services that enable and improve decision-making, support and motivate health actions, streamline and simplify the healthcare journey and improve patient care. .

The WebMD Health Network includes WebMD Health, Medscape, Jobson Healthcare Information, MediQuality, Frontline, Vitals Consumer Services, Aptus Health, Krames, PulsePoint, The Wellness Network, SanovaWorks, MedicineNet, eMedicineHealth, RxList, OnHealth, Medscape Education and others WebMD detainees. sites. WebMD®, Medscape®, CME Circle®, Medpulse®, eMedicine®, MedicineNet®,® and RxList® are among the trademarks of WebMD Health Corp. or its subsidiaries.

About Internet Trademarks

Based at El Segundo, California, Internet Brands® is a fully integrated online media and software services organization focused on four high-value vertical categories: Healthcare, Automotive, Legal and Home/Travel. The company’s award-winning consumer websites lead their categories and have over 250 million monthly visitors, while a comprehensive suite of web presence offerings have established deep, long-term relationships with SMB and enterprise customers . Internet Brands’ powerful and proprietary operating platform provides the flexibility and scalability to fuel continued business growth. Internet Brands is a holding company of KKR and Temasek. For more information, visit

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