National Academy of Medicine

President’s Letter

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Building momentum toward better health for our entire nation 


Last month, as the nation awaited a vote on the proposed American Health Care Act, we released “Vital Directions for Health and Health Care: Priorities from a National Academy of Medicine,” the conclusive final publication in our Vital Directions series. This publication, authored by the initiative’s steering committee, synthesizes and prioritizes the advice of more than 150 experts around the country in 19 papers to provide a streamlined framework for progress. The framework recommends four key action priorities—pay for value, empower people, activate communities, and connect care—and four essential infrastructure needs—measure what matters most, modernize skills, accelerate real-world evidence, and advance science. The NAM Perspective and the accompanying special communication in the Journal of the American Medical Association are now available for download.

The health challenges facing our nation go far beyond insurance coverage. As policy makers consider what’s next for health reform, we intend for the Vital Directions series to serve as a roadmap for measurable progress toward better health and well-being, high-value health care, and strong science and technology. We will be working hard in the coming months to share the Vital Directions framework with policy makers and stakeholders across sectors. Please join us by signing up for our mailing list.

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