Related Resources from the Health and Medicine Division
- Roundtable on Population Health Improvement
- Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities
- Roundtable on Health Literacy
- Roundtable on Obesity Solutions
- Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine
- Forum on Aging, Disability, and Independence
- Forum on Global Violence Prevention
Individual health is shaped by many economic and social factors such as income, education, access to high-quality health care, geography, and race and ethnicity. Uneven access to conditions that are needed for good health across the United States has been well documented, as have the poor effects on health that result — not only for individuals but also for their families and society.
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 all Americans. The first five years of the program will produce a series of consensus studies from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, as well as public workshops, community events, and tools for stakeholders.
Engaging Allies in the Culture of Health Movement
Date: January 25, 2016 | 8:00 AM-3:00 PM
The National Academy of Medicine will host a one-day public meeting in Washington, DC to introduce and generate engagement around its Culture of Health Program.
Key objectives of this meeting are to:
- Present findings and recommendations from Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity
- Engage in discussion to inform the next consensus study topic
- Identify sources of matching funds to continue to grow the program
- Brainstorm ideas to develop products and social media tools to engage stakeholders
- Conduct outreach to the media and public by identifying new ways to communicate health equity research and the Culture of Health Program agenda
- Establish a platform to build field leaders for health equity
- Sound a call to action to build a culture of health equity
Click here to register.
Program Advisory Committee
Hortensia de los Angeles Amaro, PhD
Associate Vice Provost for Community Research Initiatives
Dean’s Professor School of Social Work
Professor of Preventive Medicine
Keck School of Medicine
University of Southern California
Stuart Butler, PhD
Senior Fellow of Economic Studies
John Dreyzehner, MD
Tennessee Department of Health
Former Two-Term Mayor, Atlanta
Julian Harris, MD, MBA
Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government
Fellow, Taubman Center for State and Local Government
Raynard Kington, MD, PhD
Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH
Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and The Harvard Kennedy School
Dwayne Proctor, PhD
Senior Adviser to the President and Director
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Karen Remley, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAP
American Academy of Pediatrics
Antonia M Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor and the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
First Consensus Study: Community-Based Solutions to Promote Health Equity in the United States
Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity, the first in a series of consensus reports to emerge from the National Academy of Medicine’s Culture of Health Program, is now available as a free PDF download.
Key Messages from the Report
Health equity is crucial. Health equity is fundamental to the idea of living a good life and building a vibrant society because of its practical, economic, and civic implications. Promoting health equity could afford considerable economic, national security, social, and other benefits. Yet recent research demonstrates that worsening social, economic, and environmental factors are affecting the public’s health in serious ways that compromise opportunity for all.
Health inequity is costly. Beyond significant costs in direct medical care expenditures, health inequity has consequences for the U.S. economy, national security, business viability, and public finances, considering the impact of poor health on one’s ability to participate in the workforce, military service, or society. Addressing health inequities is a critical need that requires this issue to be among our nation’s foremost priorities.
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Tools & Resources
Looking at Policies Through a Health Lens: Interactive infographic from the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Vital Signs: Core Metrics for Health and Health Care Progress: Interactive infographic based on the Vital Signs report
Get 60 Minutes: Ways for Students to Get the Recommended Amount of Physical Activity During the School Day: Interactive infographic based on the report Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School
Ten Attributes of a Health-Literate Health Care Organization: Interactive Infographic from the Roundtable on Health Literacy of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine