Yasemin Arkin Bio

Leveraging the Social Determinates of Health Best Practices for CHCs
Concurrent Session: 4:10 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Participants will learn about 16 principles of design and strategy that are recommended by CHC staff engaged in leveraging the social determinants of health which emerged from an analysis of 176 efforts by 52 different CHCs. They will also be given an overview of how CHCs use programs like: WIC, AmeriCorps, Reach Out and Read, National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership, Health Leads, United Way, Canyon Ranch Institute, Corporation for National and Community Service, TimeBanks USA, State departments of education, Migrant Head Start programs, National Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, and USDA electronic benefits transfer.


Yasemin Arikan is a futurist with the Institute for Alternative Futures. She works with organizations to better understand their opportunities and challenges and formulate more effective robust long-term strategies. Her work includes developing alternative national and local scenarios on the futures of public health in the 2030's for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Kresge Foundation, and most recently for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. Ms. Arikan also co-led the first-ever study of U.S. community health centers’ role in improving population health by addressing the social determinants of health that underlie and shape the health of patients. A native speaker of German and Turkish, she earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Rochester and a master’s degree in social sciences with a concentration in sociology from the University of Chicago.