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On December 8-10, 2020, the National Academy of Medicine Culture of Health Program hosted a public meeting to discuss barriers, models, and opportunities to using community knowledge and strength to drive health equity policy and research.

The objectives of this meeting were to:

  • Examine and understand the current landscape for community-driven efforts to advance health equity, especially in communities most affected by inequity (Black/African American, Latinx, and Indigenous populations), and center the voices of the young people in those communities.
  • Identify and discuss the barriers and gaps experienced by communities and organizations supporting communities working to advance health equity.
  • Examine promising models of community-driven efforts to change or enact policy that advances health equity, and identify strategies to address root causes of inequity that can inform the work of other communities.
  • Identify the priorities for community-driven efforts to advance health equity, and opportunities to use community knowledge, strengths, and resiliency to inform the way forward, especially in a world affected by COVID-19 and increased calls for racial equity.

Meeting briefing materials are available here.


The National Academy of Medicine’s Culture of Health Program, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is a multiyear collaborative effort to identify strategies to create and sustain conditions that support equitable good health for everyone in America. Since launching, the program released four consensus studies, held a nationwide community art project and an art project inspired by young leaders, developed a community documentary series, created a model for communities to develop targeted strategies to promote health equity locally, and traveled the country to learn how communities are promoting health equity on the ground. Learn more >>


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