Trudy Lieberman, a journalist for 40 years, is a fellow at the Center for Advancing Health. She was recently director of the health and medical reporting program at the Graduate School of Journalism, City University of New York and 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 contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review, a contributor to The Nation, and has written a column about health and the marketplace for the Los Angeles Times. She blogs on health care and income security issues at cjr.org for the Columbia Journalism Review. She 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 has won numerous honors and awards including two National Magazine Awards, 10 National Press Club Awards, five Society of Professional Journalists Deadline Club Awards, a Fulbright Fellowship to study health care in Japan, a John J. McCloy Fellowship to study health care in Germany, a Joan Shorenstein Fellowship from Harvard University to study media coverage of medical technology, and an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the University of Nebraska. She is the author of five books including Slanting the Story the Forces That Shape the News and the Consumer Reports Guide to Health Services for Seniors, which was named one of the best consumer health books for 2000 by Library Journal. She is completing another book about health reform in America.
Ms. Lieberman has taught media ethics in the Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program at New York University, has been an adjunct professor of journalism at Columbia University, and was a Beamer-Schneider SAGES Fellow at Case Western Reserve University in 2006 where she has taught courses on media ethics and the ethics of health care delivery. In 2007, she was appointed the James H. Ottaway journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz where she taught a course on the media and the marketplace. She is the immediate past president of the Association of Health Care Journalists, a professional organization of over 900 journalists who cover health and medicine. She has served on the board of directors for the National Committee for Quality Assurance and the Medicare Rights Center and is a member of the California Health Benefits Review Program. Ms. Lieberman appears on many panels and lectures widely on health care in the U.S. She holds a B.S. with distinction from the University of Nebraska and earned a certificate in business and economics journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism where she was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in 1976-77.
The Center for Advancing Health works to increase people's engagement in their health care.
All Americans act to fully benefit from their health care.
Work with policy makers, clinicians, and communities to more effectively support people's engagement in their health care.
Produce and disseminate research news stories that people can use to inform decisions about their health and health care.
Offer Be a Prepared Patient resources to help people find good health care and make the most of it.
Since it was founded in 1992, the Center for Advancing Health has aimed to increase people's engagement in their health and health care.
While advances in medical knowledge have been responsible for steady increases in the length and quality of life of Americans, the potential of health care to improve individual and population health in the future rests increasingly in the hands of individuals. Whether we are sick or well, we will not benefit from the expertise of health professionals and the technologies they deploy unless we participate actively and knowledgably in our own care. More