Fourth Annual Public Interest Organization Meeting
February 5, 2003 - Bethesda, Maryland
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) convened its fourth annual public interest organization (PIO) meeting to encourage and promote public input and involvement in Institute activities. Approximately 120 individuals participated in the 1-day meeting. They included members of about 50 public interest organizations, as well as representatives from universities, professional societies, voluntary health agencies, the NHLBI, and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council (NHLBAC). The agenda and format for the meeting were designed to foster interaction among all the individuals and organizations attending. The three previous PIO meetings were held
Two related themes for the fourth annual meeting were collaboration and conferences. The agenda included
The meeting was organized to encourage interactive, small-group, roundtables for the organization representatives to explore potential areas of collaboration among themselves and with the NHLBI. This report summarizes the presentations and discussions at the meeting.