Yasemin Arikan is a futurist with the Institute for Alternative Futures. Most recently, she developed national and local scenarios on the futures of public health in 2030 for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Kresge Foundation. Previously she coauthored forecasts and scenarios on health care, society, and technology for a variety of associations. Ms. Arikan also co-led the first-ever examination of U.S. community health centers’ role in improving population health by addressing the social determinants of health that underlie and shape the health of patients.
She edited IAF’s newsletters and has presented on alternative futures of primary care and on community health centers to associations. Ms. Arikan is a native speaker of German and Turkish and earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of Rochester, where she graduated cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa and assisted research on the role of human motivation in helping behavior. She is currently pursuing graduate studies at the University of Chicago.