Thirty-One Forums on Health and Medical Care Issues for New Jersey Policy-Makers Draw More Than 1,900 Participants from 2000-2008

Implementing recommendations from the business plan for the Forums Institute for Public Policy

Staff at the Forums Institute for Public Policy in Princeton, N.J., continued a series, begun in 1992, of one-day, nonpartisan policy forums on issues relating to health and medical care in New Jersey.

Key Results

  • Staff convened 31 off-the-record forums, which drew a total of more than 1,900 participants, including legislators, state agency representatives, university faculty, medical service providers and advocates. Topics included health insurance coverage, emergency preparedness, workforce shortages, health care quality and more.

Staff researched and published an issue brief prior to each forum to describe the relevant policy challenges and provide historical information, relevant data and an overview of how other states addressed similar issues. The institute sent the issue brief electronically to all attendees before the forum. It sent hard copies to all legislators after the forum. In addition, staff notified the close to 3,000 individuals on the mailing list of the availability of the issue briefs on the website.

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