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Motivated for Involvement? Citizen Participation in Health Care

Patient and public involvement has become an important aim of recent health policy. Over the last 20 years initiatives have asked the public to advise on new services and comment on the health care they receive, but it is only in recent years that policies have promoted social inclusion and cooperation with citizens. However, although citizen involvement has been promoted, little is known about what motivation, if any, people have to get involved in the NHS, or the degree of participation that patients actually prefer. This study invited local people and voluntary group representatives from six different regions in England, as well as a number of national voluntary organizations, to bring their voices to the debate. (continue)

Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania

The Annenberg Public Policy Center has been the premier communication policy center in the country since its founding in 1993. By conducting and releasing research, staging conferences and hosting policy discussions, its scholars have addressed the role of communication in politics, adolescent behavior, child development, health care, civics and mental health, among other important arenas. The Center's researchers have drafted materials that helped policy-makers, journalists, scholars, constituent groups and the general public better understand the role that media play in their lives and the life of the nation. The Policy Center maintains offices in Philadelphia and Washington D.C. (continue)

Association for Community Health Improvement

The Association for Community Health Improvement is the premier national association for community health, healthy communities and community benefit. We convene and support leaders from the health care, public health, community and philanthropic sectors to help achieve shared community health goals, and work with hundreds of members to strengthen community health through education, peer networking and the dissemination of practical tools. (continue)

New Millennium, New Values: Citizen Participation as the Democratic Ideal in Health Care

It seems important, according to the author, and, indeed, privileged to make symbolic statements at a time like this, when we can reflect on the past year, decade, century, and possibly 1000 years and attempt to use our insights to make wise prognostications about what will or should happen in the next equivalent period. The author feels sure that few will be able to avoid the hype that will accompany this millennium and it does provide us with an excuse for creative musings about the paths we may tread over the coming years. The author intends to use this privileged space to do just that, hoping to provoke a serious debate about values and power in the context of modern health care. (continue)

UnSpun: Finding Facts in a World of Disinformation

Described as "the secret decoder ring for the 21st-century world of disinformation," the book UnSpun lays bare the art of spinning - rampant in the world of politics, marketing and news. Jackson, who directs FactCheck.org, a website of the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC), and Jamieson, APPC's director, teamed up with Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Signe Wilkinson of the Philadelphia Daily News to detail how spin has worked successfully in selling everything from war and taxes to emu oil and "tall" coffees. The authors are particularly excited about a unique feature of unSpun, a companion website that allows them to update the book online. (continue)

Community Health News

The Association for Community Health Improvement is the premier national association for community health, healthy communities and community benefit. Community Health News is a weekly e-newsletter available to anyone who wishes to subscribe for non-commercial purposes. Currently, 2,000 subscribers receive weekly announcements of health trends and statistics, prevention programs, policy initiatives, funding opportunities, tools and best practices. (continue)

The Confounding Effects of Third Parties in the Implementation of the Government Performance and Results Act

This paper presents some summary and preliminary findings of research on the implementation of the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA) in five federal health care agencies in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). GPRA requires these agencies to submit to Congress three-year strategic plans including agency mission statements that delineate broad programmatic objectives. The intent is to eventually integrate this information into budget formulation. The five HHS agencies being studied are the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Indian Health Service (IHS), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). (continue)

Dalar International Consultancy

Dalar International Consultancy, Inc. offers a holistic approach to leadership development and organizational development that achieves results that some call miraculous. We offer consulting, coaching/mentoring, and meeting facilitation services to those who wish to work with us, always customized to the unique needs of the client, and yet always within a holistic perspective that works with four levels of consciousness: mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical consciousness. (continue)

Democracy Dispatches (email newsletter)

Democracy Dispatches is Demos' bi-weekly issue briefing that tracks and analyzes legislative and political developments on democracy issues in the states. Demos is a non-partisan, non-profit public policy research and advocacy organization which seeks to bring everyone into the life of American democracy and to achieve a broadly shared prosperity characterized by greater opportunity and less disparity. (continue)

Citizens at the Center: A New Approach to Civic Engagement

The central claims of this noteworthy 31-page white paper are that "public service" is a more powerful frame around which to rally Americans for democratic renewal than "civic engagement" and the encouragement of public deliberation should be at the center of renewal efforts. Scholar Peter Levine of the University of Maryland has written that he considers the paper a breakthrough. Cynthia Gibson makes deliberation-linked-to-action the heart of civic engagement, instead of voting and/or service. (continue)