Tapping the Full Potential of Public Members: A Tool Kit for Boards and Community-Based Organizations
There are many more examples of ways in which public members can strengthen their boards by raising issues and concerns and introducing agenda items that licensee members are unlikely to think of or embrace. Examples include exploring ways licensure boards can meet the needs of culturally diverse and underserved populations by, for example, helping practitioners pay off school loans in return for practicing in remote areas. It is typically a public member rather than a licensee member who is the strongest advocate for comprehensive disclosure of information — including disciplinary information — about practitioners on the board’s Web site. Public members tend to be more sensitive about making sure the board’s materials are printed in multiple languages and are written in a culturally sensitive manner.