National Academy of Medicine


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.

Read a STAT News op-ed authored by Risa Lavizzo-Mourey and Victor Dzau: Decisive action by communities can reduce health disparities and improve lives. 

Stay engaged as we continue to strive for better health for all.

Want to get involved?
Building a culture of health requires the involvement of many stakeholders. To learn more about the NAM’s Culture of Health Program, contact program director Kimber Bogard at  You can also join our mailing list for program updates.

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  • Upcoming Meetings

    There are no upcoming meetings scheduled at this time. Please check back and sign up to our Culture of Health mailing list to receive announcements.

  • 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
    Brookings Institution

    John Dreyzehner, MD
    Tennessee Department of Health

    Kimberly Elliott
    Director, Public Policy
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

    Shirley Franklin
    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
    Grinnell College

    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
    Executive Director/CEO
    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: Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity

    coh-report-coverReport: Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity

    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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