Health Equity and Prosperity

Hundreds of leaders from different sectors and communities will develop strategies for systems change and devise action plans for activating health equity networks in specific action areas, including health care, education, employment, housing, and community development

Human Progress and Human Services 2035

Patterned after IAF’s very successful Public Health 2030 effort, Human Progress and Human Services 2035 will work with the leading associations in the field as well as key state and local human service agencies.

Public Health 2030

IAF developed scenarios for the public health field. Released in 2014, IAF’s report, Public Health 2030: A Scenario Exploration, offers four alternative scenarios for the future of public health, and recommendations for robust strategies that would be effective and advance public health in multiple futures.

Diabetes 2030

IAF has conducted a study to provide detailed diabetes prevalence and cost forecasts for each of the 50 states, including demographic breakdowns. The study was commissioned by the global diabetes care company Novo Nordisk to provide insights into how this growing epidemic could affect local economies.

Vulnerability 2030

In 2010, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation commissioned IAF to develop a set of scenarios describing the alternative futures of vulnerability and vulnerable populations in the U.S. in the year 2030. The project was part of the Foundation’s Vulnerable Populations Program, which addresses critical connections between health and social circumstances. IAF analyzed and assessed several major driving forces and factors including, but not limited to, the economy and employment, Internet and communications, environment, policy, food and diet, education, and technology.  IAF also created a scenario toolkit and videos for organizations to consider the implications of the Vulnerability 2030 Scenarios for their own strategies and operations.

Health Equity

The Disparity Reducing Advances Project (the DRA Project) is a multi-year, multi-stakeholder project to identify the most promising advances for bringing health gains to the poor and underserved and accelerating the development and deployment of these advances to reduce disparities.

Primary Care 2025

IAF developed a set of scenarios describing the alternative futures of primary care in the U.S. in the year 2025.  Policy-makers can use the scenarios to help them anticipate changes that affect policy and legislation. Health care providers and associations have used the scenarios as a basis for strategic thinking and to help ensure that they are working toward their preferred future for primary care.

Health and Health Care in 2032

In 2012, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, IAF directed the “Young Leader Awards: Recognizing Leadership for a Healthier America” and helped a diverse panel of established leaders select 10 award winners from a pool of nearly 850 candidates, based on a vision for health and health care 40 years from now. IAF also developed Health and Health Care 2032 scenarios and designed and facilitated an invitation-only Futures Symposium convened by RWJF in June 2012. Recommendations for a healthier future were developed using the scenarios and are captured in the IAF report Health and Health Care in 2032.

Community Health Centers Leveraging the Social Determinants of Health

With support from the Kresge Foundation and in partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers, IAF explored the ways in which community health centers across the nation are addressing the social, economic, and physical conditions that contribute to poor health among the patients they serve.  The report, a database of cases, case studies, […]

The 2029 Project: Achieving an Ethical Future for Biomedical R&D

This project showcases the dramatic advances that are likely to occur across the spectrum of biomedical research and development activities.  It forecasts that a wide array of achievements in science will be enabled by an ethical evolution.  After scanning the scientific literature, interviewing dozens of scientists and holding meetings focused on 2029, IAF anticipates a […]