As a thought leader on issues of strategic importance to the business community, the National Chamber Foundation (NCF) was interested in developing unique initiatives to contribute to the health care debate and support rational reform. The Foundation, as the research and long term policy arm of the US Chamber of Commerce, was also seeking to engage its state 'Federation' members in serving as catalysts for constructive healthcare change. Dr. Comstock was the Fellow for Healthcare Policy and Workplace Issues, answering directly to Tom Donahue, President and CEO of the US Chamber. Jon Comola had been the Healthcare Sub-Committee Chair and later became a healthcare consultant to the Chamber. Together they developed and executed a series of half-day symposiums, the Healthcare Solutions Summits, in different regions of the country, including Chicago, Houston, Miami, Austin, Detroit, and Salt Lake City.

The purpose of the forums was to critically examine the root causes of health system failures and highlight local success stories where the needs of all stakeholders have been balanced and addressed. This grassroots/tops outreach effort engaged the public, through local media reporting, in a dialogue about where the health care system has been, where it is today and where it should be going.

The aim was to stimulate dialogue and debate leading to constructive solutions and recognition of associated trade-offs. We sought to identify factors key to the successful transformation of the local health care delivery system that had relevance for the national debate. The series of forums culminated in a national symposium in Washington DC where the best health care reform success stories and other findings from the forums were presented in March 2001. The Foundation also produced a compendium highlighting case studies from across the country. If you would like a copy of the compendium, please contact us through the link at the bottom of this page.

As a follow up to the Summit Series, Marcia and Jon conducted Healthcare Leadership Roundtables in Salt Lake City, Detroit, and Chicago. These roundtable meetings provided a forum for opinion leaders from all sectors--physician, hospital and health system, pharmacy, media, business, consumer and government--to discuss and debate what was working in healthcare at the community level. They also facilitated discussion around how these groups might work together to address current health care system problems at the local level.

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