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. Most recently, she developed national and local scenarios on the futures of public health in 2030 for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Kresge Foundation. Previously she coauthored forecasts and scenarios on health care, society, and technology for a variety of associations. Ms. Arikan also co-led the first-ever examination 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.

She edited IAF’s newsletters and has presented on alternative futures of primary care and on community health centers to associations. Ms. Arikan is a native speaker of German and Turkish and earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of Rochester, where she graduated cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa and assisted research on the role of human motivation in helping behavior. She is currently pursuing graduate studies at the University of Chicago.