National Academy of Medicine

Culture of Health Program Advisory Committee

Members of the Culture of Health Program advisory committee are appointed for three-year terms to provide strategic guidance to ensure the program meets its intended aims:

  • LEAD: As authoritative scientific advisors to the nation, we will identify a set of consensus study topics that build upon one another, leading to a solid knowledge base that can inform a set of actions and partnerships to advance health equity
  • TRANSLATE: Bridge science to action for impact on health equity and optimal health for all
  • IMPACT: A mid-term outcome is to strengthen capacity in communities to continue to advance progress in achieving access to optimal health for all and inform legal, policy, and system reform by engaging
  • SUSTAIN: A long-term outcome is to transform culture in the US to sustain progress made and accelerate progress in areas that still have significant health disparities

Committee members will liaise with the staff team, participate on planning committees for public meetings, attend two in-person meetings per year, and connect as necessary electronically and via teleconference.


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

Angela Diaz, MD
Adolescent Health Center at Mount Sinai
Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine

John Dreyzehner, MD
Tennessee Department of Health

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

Jeffrey Hutchinson, MD
Associate Dean, Clinical Affairs
Chief Diversity Officer
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Otho Kerr, JD
Encourage Capital

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

Velma McBride Murry, PhD
Lois Autrey Betts Chair in Education and Human Development
Human and Organizational Development
Peabody College
Vanderbilt University

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

Anna Ricklin, MHS
Planning and Community Health Center
American Planning Association

Martin Sepulveda, MD, ScD
Senior Executive Advisor
IBM Watson Health

Tipiziwin Tolman 
Lakota Language Activities Instructor
Lakota Language Nest

Antonia M Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor and the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing