As public input has gained credibility as a relevant contribution to healthcare reform, healthcare leaders have shown interest in developing and instituting deliberative processes with their constituents. CHPR works with the Center for Healthcare Decisions (CHCD) to provide nonpartisan work with the public and has brought insights into individual and societal values that are particularly relevant to healthcare reform.

With so few nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations focusing on the “citizen” perspective, CHCD’s knowledge can benefit state and national groups that are working to improve healthcare quality, coverage and affordability. Consequently, CHCD staff is often recruited as members of boards and advisory committees.

We work with policymakers, healthcare providers, government agencies, professional associations, community organizations and researchers to understand the views and priorities of the public. Whether you are considering changes within your company or local community or are facing a state or national policy dilemma, we can help you engage your constituents.

To learn more about our Public Deliberation services, please contact Patricia Powers at

Public Deliberation benefits groups in several ways:

  • Informs your organization’s decisions about changes in your healthcare coverage.
  • Helps refine your organization’s response to current policy debates.
  • Conveys your interest in your constituents’ views and values.
  • Increases the educational level of your constituents on current health policy issues.
  • Builds local awareness and participation in health policy issues.
  • Demonstrates a model for others on how to bring your constituents into national healthcare conversation

Public Deliberation can also address such difficult questions as:

  • What should health plans cover if they can’t cover everything?
  • Should more resources be provided to disadvantaged groups with poorer health status?
  • Can a treatment be too expensive to be “worth it”?
  • How should Medicare be changed to be more responsive to the seniors of tomorrow?
  • What is the public’s role in reducing medical services that have little or no benefit?
  • What has greatest priority for hospital quality improvement?
  • If there are limits to research dollars, what types of research should have high priority?
  • What is the fairest way to structure a cost-sharing plan for patients?
  • When should doctors say “no” to patients who want ineffective treatments?
  • What role, if any, should incentives play in encouraging patients to be healthy?

Addressing these and other topics may be relevant to local, state or national policy.

Recent Public Deliberation Activities