Communications Officer, UHCF
For Immediate Release
May 13, 2014
Hartford, Conn. – The Connecticut Health Foundation and Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut today announced that they are pleased to have co-sponsored Magaly Olivero, an accomplished journalist who covers health and wellness for the Connecticut Health Investigative Team (C-HIT), as this year’s Fellow in the Blue Cross Blue Blue Shield of Massachusetts Health Coverage Fellowship Journalism Program.
Olivero, whose work has appeared in U.S. News and World Reports, Newsweek, The York Times, among others, began covering health topics for C-HIT in 2010, when the online news site, dedicated to health and safety, first launched. In addition to serving as the publisher and editor of Better Health Magazine in New Haven, she has worked for the Associated Press and several daily newspapers during her career. A self-described daughter of Cuban immigrants, she speaks Spanish and English fluently and often writes about uninsured and underinsured populations, including people who face health care disparities.
“I’m honored to have represented the C-HIT as a participant in this year’s fellowship program,” said. “It’s an exciting and challenging time to be a health reporter as the healthcare system in Connecticut and nation undergoes a sweeping transformation,” Olivero said.
“At C-HIT, our goal is to produce articles that explain complex medical and social issues in simple terms, and that ultimately inform, educate and empower readers,” she said.
A graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, Olivero was among the 12 journalists who completed the nine-day program on May 3. Established in 2001, the primary aim of the fellowship is to help media improve its coverage of critical health and health care issues. The program features more than 50 speakers who are top experts in issues ranging from health care reform and mental illness to innovations in medical treatments and the delivery of care. Fellows also receive hands-on experience such as night walks through the streets and visits to medical respite shelters with mental health case workers.
Larry Tye, a former journalist for the Boston Globe who directs the program, said, “This was a biggest class yet, and -- in terms of everything from geographic distribution to the way they asked questions and listened – one of our best. Magaly was a gem. She’s smart and enterprising, and committed to Connecticut and journalism.”
Patricia Baker, president and CEO of CT Health Foundation said, “CT Health is committed to ensuring that residents of Connecticut have access to credible health news by supporting educational opportunities for journalists. We look forward to Magaly’s upcoming investigative stories.”
Frances G. Padilla, president of Universal Health Care Foundation, said, “We are pleased to partner in this effort to ensure that the journalists in our state are equipped to cover the complex and ever evolving issues of health and health care transformation in Connecticut. We are proud to co-sponsor Magaly this year.”
To learn more about Connecticut Health Foundation, please visit www.cthealth.org, and to learn about Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, visit www.universalhealthct.org. Further information about The Coverage Fellowship can be found at www.bluecrossmafoundation.org.