We bring together a highly diverse Panel of over 50 healthcare leaders representing all the major healthcare stakeholder groups, as well as a broad array of political perspectives, to debate, discuss, and learn about the most important healthcare issues facing the US.

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality and productivity of discussions around healthcare policy and business. Too often these conversations are highly polarized, poorly informed, and dominated by competing special interests. We seek to counter this with enlightened debate and networking opportunities among decision makers. Our guiding principles are:

  1. Major change is preceded by conversations among influential leaders, and broader and better-informed conversations are likely to lead to better decisions.
  2. People holding conflicting perspectives are more likely to listen to and seriously consider each other’s opinions when then have respectful discourse and existing relationships.
  3. Diverse stakeholder groups generate more creative, informative, and productive ideas than more homogeneous groups
  4. People learn best when they are presented with competing perspectives, rather than hearing a single individual opinion.

We are neutral and non-partisan as an organization, seeing ourselves as conveners of conversations that lead to change, whatever that may look like. Our goal is to create a space where these candid, constructive conversations can occur.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, that space has been 90-minute Zoom-based meetings held approximately twice per month, where experts from every sector of the healthcare system and every political persuasion can debate, discuss, and learn from one another. Our group includes some of the most widely-heard voices on the pandemic generally, some of the first voices advocating for reopening, and some of the most prominent voices for caution. In short, we were ready for some of the most high-level, candid, and informed conversations as soon as the pandemic began. We focus on the most important issues in US healthcare. Lately these have included the pandemic’s potential future impact on the healthcare system, the challenges of contact tracing, the development of a vaccine and public confidence in it, racial and ethnic inequities in health, the healthcare implications of the 2020 presidential election, and many more.

The pandemic has also changed the format of the Zetema Project’s meetings. Starting in 2017, Zetema held three retreat-style, in-person meetings per year in different cities across the US, each one lasting two to three days. We moved to our shorter but more frequent digital format in March of 2020.

The Zetema Project is fully independent of any financial or political interests. All participants donate their time and pay their own travel expenses.

The project is funded by our chair, Mark Zitter and is a fiscally-sponsored project of Tides Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the nation's largest fiscal sponsor.