The National Health Policy Forum

In this chapter, the author discusses the National Health Policy Forum, a program that has been supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation since 1973. The Forum offers a seminar series on emerging health policy issues for elected officials, members of the executive branch, administrative agency officials, and their staff members. Its guiding principle has been to never advocate a particular policy or take a stand on specific legislation; after three decades that principle remains in tact. The author relates how the Forum has lost some support over the years, prompting debate about the efficacy of its role. Striving to be politically neutral, the Forum provides high-quality non-partisan information and analysis that allow different viewpoints to be heard. The author assesses whether being a neutral convener is sufficient in an era of great partisanship.