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Case Study of the Health Effects Institute

HEI is an independent, nonprofit corporation chartered in 1980 to provide high-quality, impartial and relevant scientific information on the health effects of emissions from motor vehicles and other sources of environmental pollution. HEI is funded equally by the EPA and the motor vehicle industry. Although not a public participation program, HEI was examined because of its ability to remain neutral, retain the respect of all stakeholders, and produce high-quality research findings on the health effects of a variety of pollutants. Commissioned by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Immunization Program, this six-page case study overviews the deliberative method used by the Health Effects Institute, details about who participates in the process, information on outcomes/products, a frank section on challenges and limitations of the process, a section on strengths of the process, and the resources and interviews used to inform the case. This case study was written for a diverse group of stakeholders who did not have much previous knowledge of public engagement and deliberative methodologies. Sandy Heierbacher The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2003) Resource Link: www.ncdd.org/exchange/files/docs/Health_Effects_Inst_case.doc

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