IAF has worked on the future of the healthcare system from every perspective: consumers, providers, payers, regulators, and industry. As the U.S. healthcare system continues its evolution and as new technologies enter the sector, IAF helps clients understand the potential futures that lie ahead.


Health and Health Care in 2032

In 2012, 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 designed and facilitated an invitation-only Futures Symposium convened by RWJF in June 2012. Recommendations for a healthier future were developed based on a sophisticated set of possible scenarios that are captured in the IAF report Health and Health Care in 2032.  Learn more about the project.

Primary Care 2025: A Scenario Exploration

IAF has 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 can use the scenarios as a basis for strategic thinking and to help ensure that they are working toward their preferred future of primary care.  IAF also created a scenario toolkit for organizations to consider the implications of the Primary Care 2025 Scenarios for their own strategies and operations. The project was supported by a grant from the Kresge Foundation. The report and toolkit are available here.

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, and other materials are available here.


2019 Healthcare That Works For All

In order to stimulate the health policy community with a clear picture of what successful healthcare reform will look like, IAF offers 2019 Healthcare That Works For All.  This series of papers describes how different aspects of healthcare can improve through a ten year change process.  We invite readers to challenge this view of the preferred future for healthcare by thinking about what might be even better.  Visit the overview page and read the papers.

Complementary and Alternative Approaches in U.S. Health Care

Studies have shown that between 33 and 69 percent of Americans use some form of alternative therapy, most often paying “out of pocket” for the care. IAF produced two major reports. One, The Future of Complementary and Alternative Approaches (CAAs) in U.S. Health Care, examines a wide range of trends bringing about major changes in health and health care and then considers the future of three different CAAs: chiropractic, Oriental medicine, and homeopathy. The second, The Future of Chiropractic: Optimizing Health Gains, covers similar territory but focuses on the chiropractic profession. Made possible by a grant from the National Chiropractic Mutual Insurance Company, the reports include IAF’s recommendations for health care systems, policymakers, and health care professionals (both conventional and alternative).

Guidebook for Nurse Futurists

IAF prepared this futures guidebook for the International Council of Nurses’ (ICN) 100th anniversary.  The Guidebook contains ICN’s Vision for the Future of Nursing and a wealth of information on trends affecting the profession, as well as instructions for conducting participatory strategic thinking exercises.  Click here for the Guidebook.