September 2009

Grant Results

SUMMARY

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. (See Appendix 1.)

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 Web site.

Funding
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported this work with grants totaling $1,717,272 from June 2000 through August 2008.

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THE PROBLEM

In 1992, the New Jersey League of Women Voters launched the Capitol Forums on Health and Medical Care to promote discussions about health and medical care among state policy-makers. These forums were designed to help state policy-makers address the complex issues in health care by providing relevant, timely information as well as by providing the opportunity to discuss the issues and build alliances across agency and provider boundaries.

That initiative moved to Forums Institute for Public Policy in 1998, and was initially based on a model called the National Health Policy Forum. Located at George Washington University, these forums were off-the-record briefings that provided balanced information on health policy to an audience of congressional staff and legislators. RWJF has supported the National Health Policy Forum since 1974 (see the Forums chapter in RWJF Anthology: To Improve Health and Health Care, vol. VII).

The New Jersey project operated with RWJF support from 1992 to 2000 (see Grant Results for ID#s 020375, 023198 and 023538 and Grant Results for ID# 027229). During that time, the project sponsored 35 policy forums on health and medical care, each attended by 25–60 New Jersey policy-makers in the executive and legislative branches, and other health care stakeholders.

The need for clear information and opportunities for networking and discussion continued into the 21st century. With an eight-year track record, the New Jersey Policy Forums on Health and Medical Care had emerged as a source of nonpartisan policy analysis. The institute sought to build on that reputation by continuing the forums following three principles: balanced information, safe harbor and neutral convener.

State Forums Partnership Program

From 1999 to 2006, the Forums Institute staff also directed the RWJF-funded national program, the State Forums Partnership Program. This program helped to build a network of health care forums, sponsored by health policy organizations in seven states.

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THE PROJECT

Staff members at the Forums Institute for Public Policy sponsored 31 additional health and medical care policy forums from June 2000 through January 2008. They also researched and published issue briefs on each topic. A downloadable archive of all the issue briefs was available on the Institute's Web site and will be available on the Web site of the New Jersey State Library.

An advisory panel offered advice and direction to institute staff during this project. See Appendix 2 for a list of members.

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RESULTS

From June 2000 through August 2008, institute staff:

  • Conducted 31 one-day policy forums on a range of timely health and medical care issues pertinent to New Jersey, attracting more than 1,900 participants. The off-the-record forums, held in Princeton, N.J., drew on the expertise of more than 100 speakers to provide nonpartisan information and analysis to policy-makers and to stimulate dialogue.

    Topics included health insurance coverage, emergency preparedness, childhood obesity, workforce shortages, health care quality and more. For a list of the forums, see Appendix 1.

    Participants at the forums included staff from the New Jersey Governor's Office, state legislators and legislative staff, executives from the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services and other state agencies, researchers, university faculty, medical service providers and advocates.

    Most of the forums were half-daylong informational gatherings with 70–80 participants. Beginning in 2001, staff occasionally followed the larger forum with smaller forums of 25–35 participants that focused more deeply on issues.
  • Published 31 issue briefs, one to accompany each forum. Each issue brief provided historical information, relevant data, an overview of how other states addressed similar issues and a detailed discussion of the policy challenges. (See the Bibliography.)

    Staff e-mailed briefs to forum attendees prior to forums, mailed hard copies to all New Jersey legislators, and informed close to 3,000 policy, research and advocacy individuals and organizations across the country of the availability of the issue briefs on the Web site.

    All issue briefs were posted on the institute's Web site. In the first quarter of 2006, viewers downloaded issue briefs almost 2,000 times.
  • Wrote Business Plan 2007–2008 setting forth strategies to help the institute become financially self-sufficient. Institute staff also hired fund-raising consultants (see Appendix 3). With sustainability in mind, they:
    • Generated modest amounts of revenue through workshop fees. For example, three leadership workshops in Princeton, N.J., held in the fall of 2008, drew about 10 people apiece (workshops charged $125 apiece or $300 for all three).
    • Submitted proposals to 30 foundations to conduct policy forums on topics that included bioterrorism, end-of-life issues and behavioral health. Institute staff also investigated funding opportunities from corporations and individual donors.
    • Contacted approximately 2,000 New Jersey health policy stakeholders, including elected and appointed officials and service providers, to propose work on a fee-for-service basis.
    These strategies yielded only marginal results and the institute ceased operations in October 2008.

Communications

In addition to the issue briefs, institute staff published:

  • Three electronic issues of a Forums Institute Newsletter in 2005 and 2006 that summarized recent forums and discussed process issues such as agenda setting.
  • An occasional series of "Quick Facts" summarizing health care issues in New Jersey.

Institute staff also spoke at meetings, including a statewide public health leadership meeting in November 2000 convened by New Jersey Public Health CARE and a technical assistance workshop in March 2003 for RWJF's New Jersey Health Initiatives program.

They also appeared on national television. Associate director Joanne Fuccello, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., appeared on CNN's "Your Money" in the fall of 2004 talking about the health care platforms of both presidential candidates and on Comcast's "Newsmakers" in May 2005 to talk about long-term care and charity care.

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EVALUATION

The institute distributed an evaluation form at every forum to solicit participant feedback, and conducted two more extensive surveys of the program.

2001 Evaluation Findings

In fall 2001, staff surveyed 20 regular forum attendees by telephone and sent a written survey to 400 people randomly selected from the institute's mailing list, which yielded a 26 percent response rate. The institute reported these findings to RWJF:

  • Sixty-two percent of survey respondents said the program met its purpose of providing timely, nonpartisan information and analysis "extremely well."
  • Eighty-three percent said they read the issue brief before the forum and used it as a reference document.
  • Almost all (96 percent) of the respondents said they discussed and shared forum and issue brief information with their colleagues.

April 2005 Evaluation Findings

Institute staff sent an electronic survey to 797 health policy stakeholders, decision-makers and public policy-makers in New Jersey in April 2005 to assess the project's reach and effect. Based on a response rate of 12 percent (of whom nearly eight in 10 had attended one or more forums), the survey indicated:

  • The impact of the forums extended well beyond the event.
    • Seventy-eight percent of respondents shared the issue brief or other materials with others.
    • Sixty-seven percent used the information for a policy discussion or decision.
    • Fifty-five percent called, e-mailed or wrote someone about the issues presented.
    • Fifty-one percent initiated a follow-up contact with someone they met at a forum.
    • Twenty-eight percent held a meeting to discuss the issue further.
  • A significant number of respondents continued to use the issue brief in their policy work and decision-making.
    • Eighty-one percent kept the issue brief in their files for future reference.
    • Forty-nine percent used the brief as a source for more information, and thirty-three percent used it as a source for teaching or research.
    • Fourteen percent based decisions on what they learned from reading an issue brief.
  • A significant number of respondents (31 percent) who read and used the issue brief said the information in it had changed their perspective on the topic.

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LESSONS LEARNED

  1. Develop mechanisms for ongoing evaluation. Although the Forums Institute had traditionally not used evaluations because of the "off-the-record" nature of the program, evaluation forms distributed at these forums beginning in 2000 helped to guide changes in program design and to inform topic selection. (Project Director Mather)
  2. Most large funders are reluctant to fund civil discourse. According to the project director, "Civil discourse is not 'sexy' and not easy to label. It is not easy for a potential funder to see the relationship between discourse and public policy results." (Project Director Mather)
  3. Consider the benefits of affiliating with a university, rather than remaining a freestanding entity. A university is able to absorb overhead costs that may be beyond the means of a small independent operation. (Project Director Mather)
  4. Seek a champion or "luminary" to attract more funding. A backer who is well-known in the field can link an organization to potential funders. Without that it is very difficult for a small entity to make the contacts necessary to secure adequate resources. (Project Director Mather)
  5. Having one large, external funding source can be both a blessing and a curse. "It is wonderful as long as the funding holds out, and it is a nightmare to get other funders to buy-in when the funding ends," said the project director. "The first question they ask is 'Why did your funder end your funding after so many years?' Other than saying 'Nothing lasts forever,' we had no answer." (Project Director Mather)

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AFTER THE GRANT

Although the institute ceased operations in September 2008, institute staff agreed to conduct a three session leadership series for the Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey in the spring of 2009.

All issue briefs in addition to Lessons Learned (a compendium of information about how to produce a forum as well as lessons learned over the time of the grants) are now housed at the New Jersey State Library, where they will be catalogued in fiscal year 2010. Library staff also plan to make the briefs available through a Web site. In the interim, copies can be accessed by contacting Linda Mather at lmather@beaconconsults.com.

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GRANT DETAILS & CONTACT INFORMATION

Project

New Jersey Policy Forums on Health and Medical Care

Grantee

Forums Institute for Public Policy (Princeton,  NJ)

  • Forums on health and health care issues for New Jersey policy-makers
    Amount: $ 648,858
    Dates: June 2000 to May 2003
    ID#:  032117

  • Amount: $ 748,560
    Dates: July 2003 to June 2006
    ID#:  039748

  • Amount: $ 269,854
    Dates: February 2007 to January 2008
    ID#:  058764

  • Implementing recommendations from the business plan for the Forums Institute for Public Policy
    Amount: $ 50,000
    Dates: March 2008 to August 2008
    ID#:  063682

Contact

Linda L. Mather, Ed.D.
(609) 921-3173
lmather@beaconconsults.com

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APPENDICES


Appendix 1

(Current as of the time of the grant; provided by the grantee organization; not verified by RWJF.)

Forums Held, 2000-2008

"Reaching Out to the Uninsured: New Jersey's Initiatives to Expand Coverage."
September 6, 2000, Princeton, N.J.
Speakers:

  • Vickie Gates, Director, State Coverage Initiatives, Academy Health.
  • Brian Baxter, Chief of Policy and Planning, New Jersey Governor's Office.

"Public Health Financing in New Jersey: Implications for Policymakers."
December 6, 2000, Princeton, N.J.
Speakers:

  • Ron Bialek, President, Public Health Foundation.
  • Eric Baumgartner, Director, Community Access Program, HRSA.
  • Clifford Freund, Deputy, Office of Local Public Health, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.

"The Nursing Workforce Shortage: Impacts on Health and Medical Care."
April 10, 2001, Princeton, N.J.
Speakers:

  • Julie Sochalski, Professor of Health Services, University of Pennsylvania.
  • Brenda Cleary, Executive Director, North Carolina Center for Nursing.
  • Geri Dickson, Director, Rutgers College of Nursing, Colleagues in Caring.

"The Nursing Workforce Shortage: Collaborative Workgroup Strategies."
May 30, 2001, Princeton, N.J.
Strategic Moderator:

  • Linda Mather, Forums Institute for Public Policy.

"High Costs and Limited Access: What Can New Jersey Do About Prescription Drugs?"
September 26, 2001, Princeton, N.J.
Moderator:

  • Frank Ullman, President, Sapelo Research Group.

Speakers:

  • Stephen Crystal, Associate Director for Research, Center for State Health Policy Rutgers University.
  • Patricia Danzon, Professor of Health Care Systems, Insurance & Risk Management, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.
  • Mildred Fruhling, United Senior Alliance.
  • Francesca Hahn, Vice President of PhRMA, Aventis Pharmaceuticals.
  • Saira Jan, Associate Director, Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Jersey.
  • Kathleen Mason, Assistant Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.
  • Joseph Morris, CEO, N.J. Pharmacists Association.

"Hot Health Policy Issues for State Policymakers—What's New and Different for 2002?"
February 13, 2002, Princeton, N.J.
Speakers:

  • Joan Henneberry, Director of Health Policy Studies Center for Best Practices, National Governors' Association.
  • Kala Landenheim, Program Manager, National Conference of State Legislatures.
  • Stacey Mazer, Senior Staff Associate, National Association of State Budget Officers.

"The Role of State's Public Health System in Domestic Preparedness."
April 24, 2002, Princeton, N.J.
Speakers:

  • Ron Bialek, President, Public Health Foundation.
  • Eddy Bresnitz, State Epidemiologist/Assistant Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.
  • Alana Knudson-Buresh, Senior Director, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.
  • David Perlin, Scientific Director, Public Health Research Institute.

"Beyond New Jersey's Public Health System: Other Collaborations in Domestic Preparedness."
May 15, 2002, Princeton, N.J.
Speakers:

  • Georges Benjamin, Secretary-Health/Mental Hygiene, New Jersey Department of Health / Mental Hygiene.
  • James Blumenstock, Senior Assistant Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.
  • Linda Young Landesman, Associate Vice President, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC).

"New Jersey's Medical Malpractice Crisis."
October 1, 2002, Princeton, N.J.
Speakers:

  • Raymond Cantor, Director of Governmental Affairs, Medical Society of New Jersey.
  • James Hurley, Consulting Actuary, Tillinghast-Towers Perrin, Atlanta.
  • Eleanor Kinney, Samuel R. Rosen Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for Law and Health, Indiana University School of Law.
  • Robert Muscalus, Physician General, State of Pennsylvania.

"Calming the Perfect Storm—Health Care Quality Initiatives in 2002."
December 10, 2002, Princeton, N.J.
Speakers:

  • David Knowlton, Chairman, New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute.
  • Kevin Piper, Executive Director, National Health Care Purchasing Institute.

"Coverage Initiatives and Programs for New Jersey's Uninsured: Survival in the Time of Budget Deficits and Cutbacks."
February 25, 2003, Princeton, N.J.
Co-Moderator:

  • Frank Ullman, health policy consultant.

Speakers:

  • Randall Bovbjerg, Principal Research Associate, Urban Institute.
  • Kimberley Fox, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for State Health Policy, Rutgers University.
  • Sharon Silow-Carroll, Senior Research Manager, Economic and Social Research Institute.

"The Status of New Jersey's Employer-Based Health Insurance Coverage."
June 24, 2003, Princeton, N.J.
Speakers:

  • Bradley Strunk, Center for Studying Health System Change.
  • Joel Cantor, Rutgers Center for State Health Policy.
  • James Morford, N.J. Health Care Quality Institute.
  • Don Sico, HealthSense, Inc.

"Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Coverage Part II: Regulatory Issues."
September 24, 2003, Princeton, N.J.
Speakers:

  • Karl Polzer, Health Policy Consultant.
  • Ward Sanders, N.J. Department of Banking and Insurance.
  • Neil Vance, N.J. Department of Banking and Insurance.
  • Kelly Stewart Maer, N.J. Business and Industry Association.
  • Jim Leonard, N.J. State Chamber of Commerce.

"Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Coverage Part III: Issues and Trends."
December 2, 2003, Princeton, N.J.
Speakers:

  • Frederick Beaver, N.J. Division of Pensions and Benefits.
  • Jon Gable, Vice President, Health Research and Educational Trust.
  • Sharon Silow-Carroll, Senior Vice President, Economic and Social Research Institute.

"Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Systems and Resources: Issues and Status in 2004."
March 9, 2004, Princeton, N.J.
Speakers:

  • Clifton Lacy, Commissioner, Department of Health and Senior Services.
  • Shelly Hearne, Trust for America's Health.
  • Mary Selecky, Secretary of Health, State of Washington.
  • Joseph Henderson, Associate Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Public Health and Emergency Preparedness in New Jersey: Part II."
June 29, 2004, Princeton, N.J.
Speakers:

  • Georges Benjamin, Executive Director, American Public Health Association.
  • Eileen Salinsky, Principal Research Associate, National Health Policy Forum.
  • Tim Stephens, Senior Director, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.
  • Jim Blumenstock, Deputy Commissioner, NJ Department of Health and Senior Services.

"Charity Care in New Jersey: Past, Present and Future."
September 29, 2004, Princeton, N.J.
Speakers:

  • Howard Berliner, Professor, Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy.
  • Sean Hopkins, Senior Vice President, N.J. Hospital Association.
  • J. Richard Goldstein, President, N.J. Council of Teaching Hospitals.
  • Brian Rosman, Director of Policy, Health Care for All.

"The Values that Underlie States' Health Care Decision-Making."
November 30, 2004, Princeton, N.J.
Speakers:

  • Howard Berliner, Professor, Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy.
  • Cynthia Pernice, Project Manager, National Academy for State Health Policy.
  • Sharon Silow-Carroll, Senior Vice President, Economic & Social Research Institute.

"Hot Health Policy Issues for State Policy-Makers."
February 9, 2005, Princeton, N.J.
Speakers:

  • William Scanlon, Consultant, National Health Policy Forum.
  • Brendan Krause, Senior Policy Analyst, National Governors Association.
  • Stacey Mazer, Senior Staff Associate, National Association of State Budget Officers.
  • Jon Gabel, Vice President, Health Systems Studies, Health Research and Educational Trust.

"Long-Term Care in New Jersey: An Overview of Financing, Programs and People."
May 9, 2005, Princeton, N.J.
Speakers:

  • Len Fishman, President, Hebrew Senior Life.
  • Robert Friedland, Director, Center on an Aging Society Georgetown University.
  • Patricia Polansky, Director, Division on Aging, N.J. Dept of Health and Senior Services.
  • Marilu Gagnon, Director, Atlantic County (N.J.) Division of Intergenerational Services.
  • Jim McConnell, Long-Term-Care Systems for the Elderly & Persons With Disabilities, Oregon.
  • Marilyn Askin, President AARP N.J.

"Long Term Care in New Jersey: From Medicaid Reform to Balancing Federal, State and Personal Responsibility."
September 7, 2005, Princeton, N.J.
Speakers:

  • Brian Burwell, Vice President, MEDSTAT.
  • Joshua Wiener, Senior Fellow, RTI International.

"Implementation of Medicate Part 'D' in New Jersey."
December 5, 2005, Princeton, N.J.
Speakers:

  • Kim Fox, Senior Policy Analyst, Muskie School of Public Service.
  • Jack Hoadley, Research Professor, Georgetown University.
  • Valerie Harr, N.J. Medicaid.
  • Kathleen Mason, N.J. Department of Health and Senior Services.

"Universal Health Care in Massachusetts: Implications for New Jersey."
July 12, 2006, Princeton, N.J.
Speakers:

  • Michael Doonan, Executive Director, Massachusetts Health Policy Forum.
  • Victoria Burgess, Health Policy Analyst, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
  • Brian Quigley, Regional Director, America's Health Insurance Plans.

"Universal Health Care in Massachusetts: Implications for New Jersey, Part II."
July 12, 2006, Princeton, N.J.
Speakers:

  • Small groups including the heads of the N.J. Assembly and Senate Health Care Committees

"Sustainable Communities for All Ages."
September 13, 2006, Princeton, N.J.
Speakers:

  • Paula Dressel, Vice President, Just Partners.
  • Janice Jackson, Consultant, Jefferson Area Board for Aging.
  • Jamie Bussel, Program Officer, RWJF.
  • Gordon Walker, Jefferson Area Board for Aging.

"The Uninsured and Affordability: Next Steps for New Jersey."
February 28, 2007, Princeton, N.J.
Speaker:

  • Joseph Vitale, Senator, N.J. House of Representatives.

"The Health Care Policy Landscape: 2007 and Beyond."
April 17, 2007, Princeton, N.J.
Speakers:

  • Ann Gauthier, Senior Policy Director, Commission on a High Performance Health System.
  • Keri LoGosso, Health Policy Analyst, Office of the Governor, New Jersey.

"Childhood Obesity: Update of Policy Options and Research."
September 26, 2007, Princeton, N.J.
Speakers:

  • Fred Jacobs, Commissioner, N.J. Department of Health and Senior Services.
  • James Raczynski, Dean, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
  • Virginia Chomitz, Senior Scientist, Institute for Community Health.

"The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same: Fifteen Years of Issue Briefs From the New Jersey Policy Forums."
January 23, 2008, Princeton, N.J.
Speakers:

  • Sonja Delgado, Associate, Princeton Public Affairs Group.
  • Richard Goldstein, President, N.J. Council of Teaching Hospitals.
  • David Knowlton, President, N.J. Health Care Quality Institute.
  • Paul Langevin, President, Health Care Association of N.J.
  • Ward Sanders, President, N.J. Association of Health Plans.
  • Christine Stearns, Vice President, N.J. Business and Industry Association.


Appendix 2

Advisory Panel

Howard S. Berliner, Ph.D.
New School University
New York

Deborah Chollet, Ph.D.
Mathematica Policy Research
Washington

Eleanor H. Seel
Office of Legislative Services
Trenton, N.J.

Freida Phillips
Office of the Commissioner
State Department of Human Services
Trenton, N.J.

Valerie Sellers
Senior Vice President
N.J. Hospital Association
Princeton, N.J.

Barbara Wright, Ph.D., R.N.
Cranbury, N.J.


Appendix 3

(Current as of the time of the grant; provided by the grantee organization; not verified by RWJF.)

Fundraising Consultants, 2000-2006

Forums Institute for Public Policy staff hired these fundraising consultants from 2000 to 2006:

  • Barbara Lawrence, of Somerset, N.J., who developed the evaluation protocol.
  • Ruthellen Rubin & Associates who advised on potential corporate sponsors.
  • Maria Semple of Bridgewater, N.J., who worked on the process of soliciting support from individual donors.
  • Ruthi Byrne who provided fund-raising contacts for the institute.

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BIBLIOGRAPHY

(Current as of date of this report; as provided by grantee organization; not verified by RWJF; items not available from RWJF.)

Reports

Issue Briefs

Fuccello, J. The Future of Employer-Based Health Plans. Issue Brief 33. Princeton, NJ: Forums Institute for Public Policy, March 2000.

Fuccello, J. Reaching Out to the Uninsured: New Jersey's Initiatives to Expand Health Insurance Coverage. Issue Brief 34. Princeton, NJ: Forums Institute for Public Policy, September 2000.

Fuccello, J. New Jersey Public Health Financing in a Changing Environment: Implications for Policy-Makers. Background paper for the New Jersey Public Health Summit. Princeton, NJ: Forums Institute for Public Policy, November 2000.

Fuccello, J. New Jersey Public Health Financing in a Changing Environment: Implications for Policy-Makers. Issue Brief 35. Princeton, NJ: Forums Institute for Public Policy, December 2000.

Fuccello, J. The Nursing Workforce Shortage. Issue Brief 36. Princeton, NJ: Forums Institute for Public Policy, April 2001.

Ullman, F. Limited Access and High Costs. What Can New Jersey Do About Prescription Drugs? Issue Brief 37. Princeton, NJ: Forums Institute for Public Policy, September 2001.

Fuccello, J. Hot Health Policy Issues for State Policy-Makers-What's New and Different for 2002? Issue Brief 38. Princeton, NJ: Forums Institute for Public Policy, February 2002.

Fuccello, J. Domestic Preparedness in the Age of Terrorism: The Roles of Public Health and Emergency Response Systems. Issue Brief 39. Princeton, NJ: Forums Institute for Public Policy, April 2002.

Fuccello, J. Expanding the Role of New Jersey's Public Health System: New Collaborations in Domestic Preparedness. Issue Brief 40. Princeton, NJ: Forums Institute for Public Policy, May 2002.

Fuccello, J. Medical Malpractice Insurance in 2002: Crisis or Opportunity for New Jersey Policy-Makers? Issue Brief 41. Princeton, NJ: Forums Institute for Public Policy, October 2002.

Fuccello, J. Calming the Perfect Storm-Health Care Quality Initiatives in 2002. Issue Brief 42. Princeton, NJ: Forums Institute for Public Policy, December 2002.

Fuccello, J. Coverage Initiatives and Programs for New Jersey's Uninsured: Survival in the Time of Budget Deficits and Cutbacks. Issue Brief 43. Princeton, NJ: Forums Institute for Public Policy, February 2003.

Fuccello, J and Timlen W. The Status of New Jersey's Employer-Based Health Insurance Coverage. Issue Brief 44. Princeton, NJ: Forums Institute for Public Policy, June 2003.

Fuccello, J. Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Coverage Part II: Regulatory Issues. Issue Brief 45. Princeton, NJ: Forums Institute for Public Policy, September 2003.

Fuccello, J. Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Coverage Part III: Issues and Trends. Issue Brief 46. Princeton, NJ: Forums Institute for Public Policy, December 2003.

Fuccello, J and Lavery LM. Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Systems and Resources: Issues and Status in 2004. Issue Brief 47. Princeton, NJ: Forums Institute for Public Policy, March 2004.

Fuccello, J and Lavery LM. Public Health and Emergency Preparedness in New Jersey: Part II. Summary of Relevant Research Findings. Princeton, NJ: Forums Institute for Public Policy, June 2004.

Fuccello, J. An Overview of Charity Care in New Jersey-Past, Present and Future. Issue Brief 48. Princeton, NJ: Forums Institute for Public Policy, September 2004.

Fuccello, J. The Values That Underlie States' Health Care Decision-Making. Princeton, NJ: Forums Institute for Public Policy, November 2004.

Fuccello, J. New Jersey Health Policy Quick Facts. Reference Tool for Policy-Makers. December 2004, updated. Princeton, NJ: Forums Institute for Public Policy, February 2005.

Fuccello, J. 2005 Hot Health Policy Issues for State Policy-Makers. Issue Brief 49. Princeton, NJ: Forums Institute for Public Policy, February 2005.

Fuccello, J and Lavery LM. New Jersey Health Care Disparities Quick Facts. Reference Tool for Policy-Makers. Princeton, NJ: Forums Institute for Public Policy, April 2005.

Fuccello, J and Lavery LM. New Jersey Long-Term-Care Quick Facts, Reference Tool for Policy-Makers. Princeton, NJ: Forums Institute for Public Policy, April 2005.

Friedland, RB. Financing Long-Term Care in New Jersey and Across the Nation. Issue Brief 50. Princeton, NJ: Forums Institute for Public Policy, May 2005.

Fuccello, J. Long-Term Care in New Jersey-Part II: From Medicaid Reform to Balancing Federal, State and Personal Responsibility. Princeton, NJ: Forums Institute for Public Policy, September 2005.

Implementation of Medicare Part D in New Jersey, Background Information for Policy-Makers. Princeton, NJ: Forums Institute for Public Policy, December, 2005.

Pathway Map for Public Policy Forum. Princeton, NJ: Forums Institute for Public Policy, 2006.

O'Donnell, E. Universal Health Care in Massachusetts: Implications for New Jersey. Issue Brief 51. Princeton, NJ: Forums Institute for Public Policy, July, 2006.

Jackson, J. Sustainable Communities for All Ages. Issue Brief 51. Princeton, NJ: Forums Institute for Public Policy, September 2006.

Just Partners. Sustainable Communities for All Ages: A Viable Futures Toolkit. Unpublished Draft. Princeton, NJ: Forums Institute for Public Policy, September 2006.

Business Plan 2007–2008. Princeton, NJ: Forums Institute for Public Policy, 2007.

Hutchens, L. The Health Policy Landscape: 2007 and Beyond. Issue Brief 60. Princeton, NJ: Forums Institute for Public Policy, April 2007.

Sinding, R. The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same: Fifteen Years of Issue Briefs from New Jersey Policy Forums. Issue Brief 61. Princeton, NJ: Forums Institute for Public Policy, January 2008.

Survey Instruments

"Evaluation Survey," Forums Institute for Public Policy, fielded 2001.

"Evaluation Survey," Forums Institute for Public Policy, fielded 2005.

World Wide Web Sites

www.forumsinstitute.org. Web site for the New Jersey Policy Forums on Health and Medical Care. Princeton, NJ, now closed. The site included issue briefs of the institute and after 2002 the complete New Jersey archive including those for similar health-related policy forums conducted by grantees of the State Forums Partnership Program. Princeton, NJ: Forums Institute for Public Policy, 1998. The Web site also included "Collective Wisdom", tools developed by Forums Institute as well as the partner states to deliver the forums.

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Report prepared by: James Wood
Reviewed by: Karyn Feiden
Reviewed by: Marian Bass
Program Officer: Marco V. Navarro

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