National Academy of Medicine

President’s Letter

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Looking forward to a successful year ahead

With the presidential campaign season in full swing, we are reminded of how easy it is for polarized and sometimes contentious dialogue to drown out objective analysis of the complex challenges facing our nation. This is especially true when it comes to health policy. At the National Academy of Medicine, we see a need for a trusted, independent, objective source to (1) identify the highest-priority focus areas for American health and health care; (2) compile expert, evidence-based policy recommendations from preeminent leaders in the field; and (3) strengthen bridges among policy makers and health experts to share information, foster consensus, and guide policy in the long term.

Our Vital Directions for Health and Health Care initiative, co-chaired by myself and Mark McClellan and guided by a bipartisan steering committee with diverse expertise, has identified 19 priority areas in healthy policy for the consideration of the next administration. We have commissioned over 100 leading experts across the country to present evidence-based recommendations in each of these areas in the form of NAM Perspectives. In September, we will host a symposium to discuss the recommendations and inform a final synthesis report to be authored by the steering committee.

There’s much more to come for this exciting initiative. Sign up for the Vital Directions listserv for updates.

Warm regards,
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Victor J. Dzau, M.D.
President, National Academy of Medicine