Vital Directions for Health and Health Care
A Policy Initiative of the National Academy of Medicine
More than 5 years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, health reform is entering a critical new phase. The health system is strained by increasing demand and unsustainable costs. Too often, care decisions do not align with patient goals or evidence of effectiveness, and Americans experience untenable disparities in health and access to care. At the same time, new technologies and big data are spurring advances in medical science and the practice of care, including precision medicine. Patients are increasingly empowered to take an active role in their health, and community innovators are designing new models that could revolutionize the delivery of care. Increasing emphasis is placed on population health, wellness and prevention. These are the unprecedented challenges — and extraordinary opportunities — the incoming presidential administration must weigh as it charts the next steps for health reform in the United States.
About the Initiative
Guided by an 18-member steering committee, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has called on more than 100 leading researchers, scientists, and policy makers from across the United States to provide expert guidance on 19 priority focus areas for U.S. health policy. The resulting collection of discussion papers is organized around three overarching goals for the United States: better health and well-being; high-value health care; and strong science and technology.
On September 26 in Washington, DC, the NAM hosted a public symposium, Vital Directions for Health & Health Care: A National Conversation, to discuss policy directions proposed in these papers, identify outstanding questions, and explore cross-cutting opportunities. Discussions at the Symposium will help inform a final publication authored by members of the steering committee containing streamlined information and clear priorities for the incoming administration, as well as other policy makers and the public.
2016 NAM Annual Meeting President’s Forum
On Monday, October 17, 2016, the NAM hosted its 46th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, featuring a President’s Forum discussion on the Vital Directions for Health and Health Care initiative. The panel featured NAM President and Vital Directions Co-Chair Victor Dzau, Co-Chair Mark McClellan, The Honorable Thomas A. Daschle, Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, The Honorable Michael O. Leavitt, and Lawrence Tabak. Watch the panel discussion below:
Throughout the coming year, the NAM will continue to convene stakeholders and promote public engagement around priorities for accelerating progress in U.S. health and health care. To get involved, e-mail NAMedicine@nas.edu.
- California Health Care Foundation
- The Commonwealth Fund
- Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
- John A. Hartford Foundation
- Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation