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D2V Stakeholder Engagement Core

Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH

To become the most trusted resource on how best to engage diverse stakeholders in the work of research, implementation and dissemination in health care.

This core will advance the science of Deliberative Stakeholder Engagement in Health Care (DSEHC). The core beliefs in DSEHC are based in models of democratic political philosophy, which holds that the best decisions for a community are those arrived at by an engaged and informed populace coming together to explore competing values and mutually-acceptable solutions to shared problems. Further, DSEHC recognizes that stakeholder engagement is a science, with specific aims, a variety of potential methods and discrete products, and that for some topics in health care it cannot be assumed that all relevant stakeholders are already well-informed and capable of meaningful engagement, therefore specific methods of stakeholder engagement must be developed and tested.

The proposed Resource Center on DSEHC will provide the following:

Technical assistance for:
  • CU researchers who plan to engage various stakeholder in their research, 
  • Clinical leaders seeking to engage patients and other stakeholders in organizational decisions, and 
  • Organizational leaders and policy makers who wish to engage various stakeholders in policy decisions, and 
  • In depth understandings of governance and policies that support engagement, trust, and collaboration. 
  • A resource library of locally available expertise, stakeholder engagement opportunities and forums, and other critical resources. 

Innovation and research on optimal methods of DSEHC according to the characteristics of the population, the issue under discussion, the stakeholders one seeks to engage, the researchers or other health professionals involved and other factors.

Training in DSEHC, including programs for health professional students focusing on patient and community engagement and leadership training programs focused on stakeholder engaged quality improvement in health care organizations.

Our year 1 aims include:
  1. Carrying out an invitational mini-conference on methods for stakeholder engagement in health care research and implementation,
  2. Producing a white paper or methods handbook for stakeholder engagement, and 
  3. Recruitment of a faculty investigator with expertise in deliberative democratic engagement methods, patient privacy, and issues of data-use accountability.