National Academy of Medicine

Culture of Health

A culture of health is where good health flourishes across geographic, demographic, and social sectors; where being healthy and staying healthy is an esteemed social value; and where everyone has access to affordable, quality health care. — Risa J. Lavizzo-Mourey, President & CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The National Academy of Medicine is proud to announce a new Culture of Health program, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, that aims to identify the conditions and solutions needed for every person to achieve equitable good health and well-being and to examine the policies and practices needed to support a culture that promotes health.

Individual health is shaped by many economic and social factors such as income, education, access to quality health care, geography, and race and ethnicity.  The uneven access to the conditions that are needed for good health across the United States has been well-documented, as have the effects of poor health not only for individuals but also their families and society.

The NAM will appoint an advisory committee to oversee a range of activities that will focus on assessing the evidence base; identifying types of successful and sustainable practices, policies, and partnerships; and examining how to promote health equity and scale effective efforts. The first five years of this collaborative Academies-wide program will focus on identifying the conditions and solutions needed for all to achieve equitable good health and well-being.

  • Consensus Study

    Committee on Community-Based Solutions to Promote Health Equity in the United States

    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as part of its Culture of Health initiative, asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to assist in delineating causes of and solutions to health inequities in the United States. A consensus committee was formed to examine the evidence on solutions to promote health equity. As part of its work the committee will:

    • Review the state of health disparities in the U.S. and explore the underlying conditions and root causes contributing to health inequity.
    • Identify and examine 6 examples of community-based solutions that address health inequities, drawing both from deliberate and indirect interventions or activities that promote equal opportunity for health (examples will draw from health and non-health sectors).
    • Identify the major elements of effective or promising solutions and their key levers, policies, stakeholders, and other elements that are needed to be successful.
    • Recommend elements of short- or long-term strategies and solutions that communities may consider to expand opportunities to advance health equity.
    • Recommend key research needs to help identify and strengthen evidence-based solutions to reduce health disparities and promote health equity.

    Committee member biographies >>

  • Meetings


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