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.
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
The first consensus study associated with the Culture of Health Program is due out in Winter 2016-2017. According to its statement of task, the Committee on Community-Based Solutions to Promote Health Equity in the United States will 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 a minimum of 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 and other recommendations as viewed appropriate by the committee to reduce health disparities and promote health equity.
On December 1, 2016, the National Academy of Medicine, along with the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine,hosted a pre-release webinar to inform interested groups and stakeholders about the winter release of the consensus study of the Committee on Community Based Solutions to Promote Health Equity in the United States. A full recording will be available soon at nam.edu/CultureofHealth.
For more information on the study, including committee composition and archives of past meetings, visit the project homepage.
To be notified in advance of the report’s release, join the Culture of Health Program mailing list.
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