The New York Academy of Medicine (the Academy) has a rich history of partnering with community-based organizations and engaging community members to inform the design and development of programs and policies that promote good health. We have used multiple methods in this work, including community member surveys, in-depth interviews, focus groups, and PhotoVoice--each of which has proved informative for gathering information on particular questions. This report describes "public deliberation," a method we utilized recently in collaboration with Maimonides Medical Center, a South Brooklyn hospital serving an extremely diverse community. Public deliberation is unusual in its intensity, significant educational component, and focus on providing guidance around a specific--often value-laden--question. We describe it here, as it represents an important option for community engagement in public health.
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