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On October 14, 2020, the National Academy of Medicine Culture of Health Program hosted a public meeting to examine gaps, barriers, priorities, and opportunities for decision-makers advancing health equity through policy.

The objectives of this meeting were to:

  • Examine the historical perspective and current state of affairs for decision-makers advancing health equity through policy, practice, and systems.
  • Identify where there are evidence or understanding gaps for decision-makers to take action on health equity, what barriers impede them in their efforts to advance health equity, and the anticipated implications of COVID-19 and increased focus on structural racism.
  • Discuss where attention should be focused to aid decision-makers in action to advance health equity in a post-COVID world.
  • Identify opportunities to engage other partners and/or sectors to advance health equity.

Speakers included:

  • Nicholas Courtney, Policy Analyst, National Congress of American Indians
  • David Erickson, Senior Vice President & Head of Outreach & Education, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • Rebekah Gee, CEO of Health Care Services, LSU
  • Stephanie Mayfield Gibson, Board of Directors, Trust For America’s Health
  • Colin Gordon, Professor of 20th century U.S. history, American public policy, American political economy, and American urban history, University of Iowa
  • Frederick Isasi, Executive Director, Families USA
  • Amanda Maria Navarro, Chief Impact Officer, PolicyLink
  • Kara Odom Walker, Senior Vice President and Chief Population Health Officer, Nemours Children’s Health System

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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