Members of the Culture of Health Program advisory committee are appointed for two-year terms to provide strategic guidance to ensure the program meets its intended aims in four key programmatic elements:
- UNDERSTAND: Build, inform, and elevate the evidence-base to understand and eliminate health inequities.
- TRANSLATE: Communicate evidence to bring understanding of the strongest science to the service of decision-makers, organizations, communities, and individuals working to advance health equity and achieve optimal health for all.
- ENGAGE: Ensure that key stakeholders working at every level to eliminate health inequities are provided the evidence-related tools they need to ensure their effectiveness.
- LEARN: Engage in a continuous learning process to share and apply lessons learned.
Committee members will provide their expert guidance and feedback to the staff team, participate on planning committees for public meetings, attend two stakeholder meetings per year, contribute to written publications, and connect as necessary electronically and via teleconference.
Hortensia de los Angeles Amaro, PhD
Distinguished University Professor
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Senior Scholar on Community Health
Robert Stempel School of Public Health and Social Work, Florida International University
Before joining USC in 2012, Amaro was with Northeastern University for 10 years, serving as dean, as well as distinguished professor of health sciences and counseling psychology, of the Bouvé College of Health Sciences, and as director of the university’s Institute on Urban Health Research. For 18 years prior to that, she was professor in the Boston University School of Public Health and in the Department of Pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine. She received her doctorate in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1982 and was awarded honorary doctoral degrees in humane letters by Simmons College in 1994 and the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in 2012.
Over the last 30 years, Amaro has forged vital connections between public health research and practice. Her studies have focused on alcohol and drug use and addiction among adolescents and adults; the development and testing of behavioral interventions for HIV/AIDS prevention, including innovative HIV prevention models targeted to Latina and African American women; substance abuse and mental health treatment for Latina and African American women and incarcerated men; alcohol and drug use among college populations; and behavioral interventions for HIV medications adherence.
Because of the housing barriers faced by the formerly incarcerated (and marginalized groups disproportionately impacted by mass incarceration), Cox (and colleagues) has taken the lead in developing a global definition and approach to improve the measurement of housing insecurity based on the development of the food insecurity measure. Her work purports that there are seven dimensions of housing insecurity: housing stability, housing affordability, housing safety, housing quality, neighborhood safety, neighborhood quality, and homelessness. Much like food insecurity, individuals that are income constrained will face tradeoffs across these factors to secure housing. Her work has led to the conceptualization and incorporation of a pilot housing insecurity module within the 2019 American Housing Survey (AHS).
Most recently Cox received a small grant from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth to investigate the effect of California’s Proposition 47 on labor market outcomes of low-skilled minorities. In AY 2018-2019, Cox was selected as a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis’ Opportunity and Inclusive Growth Institute (OIGI) and a Kelso Fellow at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations’ Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing to explore how Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) impact the labor market outcomes of the formerly incarcerated. In AY 2014-2015, she was selected as a Resource Center for Minority Aging Research Scholar (funded by the NIA) at the USC Schaeffer Center, where her research explored the impact of incarceration on health outcomes over the lifespan. Cox has received additional funding from the Russell Sage Foundation, the USDA Food and Nutrition Services, and the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research.
Cox has published in various academic and policy outlets such as Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Neuropharmacology, Justice Quarterly, Research on Social Work Practice (in press), Cityscape, Generations: Journal of the American Society on Aging, Journal of Labor Research, Southern Economic Journal, and Review of Black Political Economy. In addition, she has presented her research at numerous professional conferences and has been featured on both locally and nationally syndicated news programs such as CNN, NPR, and KNX-CBS. She was also featured in the documentary film Juvenile. Prior to her appointment at USC, Cox was an assistant professor of economics at Spelman College and a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Economics at Duke University. She earned her master’s degree and doctorate in economics from Georgia State University, where she was awarded the Andrew Young Fellowship. Cox completed her undergraduate studies at Duke University, where she double majored in economics and Spanish and Latin American studies.
Dr. Diaz is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and serves on its governing Council. She has been a White House Fellow, a member of the Food and Drug Administration Pediatric Advisory Committee, and a member of the National Institutes of Health State of the Science Conference on Preventing Violence and Related Health Risk Social Behaviors in Adolescents. She served on an advisory panel for the NIH Reproductive Sciences Branch. She reviews grants for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and for the NIH Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the NIH Partners in Research Program, the NIH Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The NIH has awarded several major grants to Dr. Diaz and her research team at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center. In 2003, Dr. Diaz chaired the National Advisory Committee on Children and Terrorism for the Department of Health and Human Services. She was elected in 2008 as a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies (elected to the IOM Council in 2013 and appointed Chair of the Board on Children, Youth and Families in 2013). Dr. Diaz is active in public policy and advocacy in the U.S. and has conducted many international health projects in Asia, Central and South America, Europe and Africa.
The Building Community Resilience (BCR) collaborative and networks are implementing the BCR process — a strategic approach for cross-sector partners to align resources, programs and initiatives with community based efforts to address adverse childhood experiences and adverse community environments– or as Ellis has coined it “The Pair of ACEs”. The strengths based approach is aimed at building the infrastructure to promote resilience in communities by improving access to supports and buffers that help individuals ‘bounce back’ and communities thrive. The BCR process is being used in ten regions that include major cities such as Cincinnati, OH; Dallas, TX; Portland, OR; Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, St. Louis and Kansas City, MO and Seattle and Tacoma, Washington, Cambridge, Massachusetts and Louisville, KY.
In 2019, Dr. Ellis launched the Resilience Catalysts in Public Health using a novel framework that leverages local public health departments as Chief Health Strategists in the resilience movement. Dr. Ellis co-authored an article detailing the BCR process, “A New Framework for Addressing Adverse Childhood and Community Experiences: The Building Community Resilience Model” which can be found in the September 2017 Journal of Academic Pediatrics. In 2018 Dr. Ellis was selected as an Aspen Institute Ascend Fellow to support her leadership in developing cross-sector strategies to address childhood trauma, foster equity and build community resilience.
Dr. Gee implemented an aggressive statewide opioid response plan, along with her statewide standing order for Naloxone, which has saved lives and been used by thousands of Louisianans. Dr. Gee led the charge to reduce maternal mortality and her efforts have resulted in a 39% reduction in complications due to heavy bleeding—the leading preventable cause of maternal death, and a 60% reduction in severe complications of pregnancy. Dr. Gee is a champion for health equity and created the South’s first Office of Health Equity in a state department of health.
Throughout her career, she has been a consistent voice for quality and patient safety. She has taught quality improvement, implemented a number of successful quality improvement projects at the state level, and led national discussions on quality in a variety of areas. Before her time as Secretary, Dr. Gee served as the Chief Medical Officer for Louisiana Medicaid and Directed Louisiana’s Birth Outcomes Initiative that led to tangible statewide reductions in infant mortality, non-medically indicated elective deliveries, neonatal intensive care unit admissions, and prematurity. Dr. Gee is a policy expert and widely published health services researcher who has served in numerous additional state and national policy roles. In 2017 Dr. Gee was elected to the National Academy of Medicine. She is the parent of five energetic children and lives in New Orleans, where she continues to see patients.
Dr. Gracia has extensive leadership and management experience in federal government, the nonprofit sector, professional associations, and academia. Prior to Trust for America’s Health, Dr. Gracia served in the Obama Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director of the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She provided leadership on administration priorities, including the Affordable Care Act and My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative to address opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color. Previously, she served as Chief Medical Officer in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, where her portfolio included adolescent health, emergency preparedness, environmental health and climate change, global health, and the White House Council on Women and Girls. Prior to that role, she was appointed as a White House Fellow at HHS and worked in the Office of the First Lady on the development of the Let’s Move! initiative to solve childhood obesity.
A first-generation Haitian-American, Dr. Gracia is active in many civic, professional, and academic organizations. She serves as a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, the Dean’s Council at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, the Governing Board of the Council on Black Health, the National Social Action Commission of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and Women of Impact.
Prior to joining the Bank, Otho was the Chief Investment Officer for Acumen, an impact investment firm that invests in early-stage companies whose products and services enable the poor to transform their lives. As the Chief Investment Officer at Acumen, Otho oversaw Acumen’s global investment process, the measurement of the impact of its work and the development of insights and learnings. Prior to Acumen, Otho was a founding partner with Encourage Capital. Encourage is a research-driven, solutions-oriented impact investment firm that seeks to leverage private capital to solve critical environmental and social problems. Encourage has worked with strategic and financial investors, impact investors, non-profits and development finance institutions across its verticals, including carbon offset projects, sustainable seafood, stormwater mitigation, and financial inclusion. Otho was Chief Operating Officer of Encourage and led an effort to work with Alaskan native communities to develop carbon offset projects.
Otho has worked in investment banking and asset management for over thirty years, having begun with Goldman Sachs & Co. He began his professional career as an attorney with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, a leading global law firm. Otho received a BA from Dartmouth College in 1979, where he received the Barrett Cup, which is given to the outstanding senior, and a JD from The Harvard Law School in 1982, from which he graduated with honors. Otho was the first member of his class to receive the Dartmouth Alumni Award, given annually to a Dartmouth graduate who has “demonstrated extraordinary service to Dartmouth and civic organizations in addition to career accomplishment.”
Throughout his career, Otho has sought to merge his professional career with his interest in social justice. Otho was a co-founder of the Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship in Harlem and a fellow in the Rockefeller Foundation’s Next Generation Leadership Program. He was the first African-American President of the Dartmouth Alumni Council. He has served on numerous non-profit boards, including the Dartmouth Tucker Foundation (served as chair), Trinity Church Solebury, PA (served as senior warden), Freedom to Marry, Empire State Pride Agenda, Hetrick-Martin Institute and Volunteers of America New York. He is currently an Ambassador for Health Equity, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and serves on the National Academy of Medicine’s Culture of Health Advisory Committee, for which he has participated in the writing of articles on a culture of health. Otho is also an active participant in and contributor to Denmark’s Creative Business Network and its Creative Business Cup competition.
Velma McBride Murry, PhD
University Professor of Human and Organizational Development
Peabody College, Vanderbilt University
University Professor of Department of Health Policy
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Dr. McBride Murry’s research focuses on examining the significance of context to everyday life experiences of African American families and youth; specific consideration is given to the implications of racism and other social structural stressors that marginalize families, for cascading influences on parenting and family functioning, mental and physical health, quality of life, and developmental outcomes and adjustment among youth. She has translated research from longitudinal research studies to inform the design, development and implementation of two RCTs to test their efficacy in youth risk behavior engagement. The Strong African American Families (SAAF) and the Pathways for African Americans Success (PAAS), not only prevented high risk behaviors but also demonstrated spillover effects on the enhancement of several educational-related outcomes among youth as they transition from middle childhood through high school. The next step is to disseminate these programs in real-world settings, community-based organizations, schools, primary health care, and churches. She is President of Society for Research on Adolescence and serves as board of director and governing councils, including National Academy of Medicine, and hold positions on numerous editorial boards. Murry is one of the 100 newly elected members to the 2020 Class of the National Academy of Medicine.
In 2005, Dr. Proctor was tapped to lead RWJF’s national strategies to reverse the rise in childhood obesity rates. In this role, he worked with his colleagues to promote effective changes to public policies and industry practices, test and demonstrate innovative community and school-based environmental changes, and leverage sustainable changes using both “grassroots” and “treetops” advocacy approaches to educate local and national leaders on their roles and opportunities to prevent childhood obesity.
Prior to RWJF, Dr. Proctor was an assistant professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine where he taught courses on health communication and marketing practices to reach multicultural populations. During his Fulbright Fellowship in Senegal, West Africa, his research team investigated how HIV/AIDS prevention messages raised awareness of AIDS as a national health problem. Dr. Proctor received his doctoral, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees in marketing and communication science from the University of Connecticut. He is the former chairman of the board of directors for the Association of Black Foundation Executives and currently is the chairman of the board of trustees for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Foundation.
Dedicated to serving mission-driven organizations, Lynn has over 18 years of multi-sector experience including past senior leadership roles as Vice President, Community and National Initiatives at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Development in the Office of Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Executive Director of the Urban Land Institute’s Terwilliger Center for Housing; Chief Operating Officer for the National Housing Conference and Center for Housing Policy; and Manager of the Planning Advisory Service at the American Planning Association. In addition to her domestic policy experience, Lynn has provided strategic advice to international housing and planning leaders. In 2017, she became a Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar at Session 574, The Child in the City: Health, Parks and Play. In 2019, Lynn was named one of 50 “Women of Influence” by the Royal Town Planning Institute’s The Planner magazine.
A frequent speaker and award-winning author, Lynn holds a Masters of Regional Planning from Cornell University and a B.S. in community and regional planning from Iowa State University. Lynn serves on the KABOOM! board of directors and the Next City board of directors. From 2017-2019, she served as co-chair of the Planning for Equity Policy Guide Working Group at the American Planning Association. Lynn was honored with the 2009 Design Achievement Award from the Iowa State University College of Design and the 2016 Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the Iowa State University Alumni Association.
Tipiziwin is a graduate of Sitting Bull College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Native American studies. She also completed the College’s intensive Lakota Language teacher preparation program involving the intense study of the Lakota language, second-language teaching methodologies and language acquisition theory. Tipiziwin completed the Bush Foundation’s Native Nation Rebuilders governance program. She is married to T Tolman, also a former Lakota language immersion instructor at Wičhákini Owáyawa on Standing Rock, and they have six children: MathoSkawin, Itazipalutaslutela, Ptehewoptuha, Wigiiyaothi, Wanblikunzawin, and Wanapheya and one grandchild, Rylen. They make their home in Pullman, Washington, and own “Haipazaza Phezuta”, Which means Medicine Soaps in the Lakota language, an online soap and body product store that promotes family, sustainability, and respectful indigenous reciprocity relationships with medicine plant relatives. Tipiziwin is dedicated to bringing tribal language and culture to the forefront of conversations regarding public health disparities and social health determinants for indigenous communities and families. Within her scope as an Indigenous educator, Tribal Language Revitalization & Lakota Language Advocate and former immersion instructor, she bears witness to the reality that Tribal Language & Education rooted in Indigenous Pedagogy, are the key and leading social determinants of health for tribal members and tribal communities across the United States.
She served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health (PDASH) from January 2019 through August 2020. As the PDASH, she shared responsibility with Assistant Secretary for Health, for planning, coordinating, and directing substantive program matters; policy and program development; and determining and setting legislative and program priorities covering the full range of public health activities within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health. She retired from the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps with the rank of Rear Admiral Upper Half. From 2015 through 2018, Dr. Trent-Adams served as Deputy Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. As Deputy Surgeon General, Dr. Trent-Adams was a trusted and critical advisor to the Surgeon General, helping support on a variety of critical issues, including efforts to combat the opioid crisis and the operations of the Commissioned Corps. Most recently, Dr. Trent-Adams lifelong service was recognized in 2018 with her election to the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academies of Practice.
Dr. Trent-Adams held several leadership positions in HHS, working to improve access to care for poor and underserved communities. As both a clinician and administrator, she has had a direct impact on building systems of care to improve public health for marginalized populations domestically and internationally. Prior to joining the Office of the Surgeon General, Dr. Sylvia Trent-Adams was the Deputy Associate Administrator for the HIV/AIDS Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration. She assisted in managing the $2.3 billion Ryan White program, which funds medical care, treatment, referrals and support services for uninsured and underserved people living with HIV disease as well as training for health care professionals. Dr. Trent-Adams began her career in the Commissioned Corps in 1992.
Prior to joining the USPHS, Dr. Trent-Adams was a nurse officer in the U.S. Army and a research nurse at the University of Maryland. She also completed two internships in the U.S. Senate, where she focused on the prospective payment system for skilled nursing facilities and scope of practice for nurses and psychologists. Her clinical practice was in trauma, oncology, community health, and infectious disease. She is a former Chair of the Federal Public Health Nurse Leadership Council, and the Federal Nursing Service Council. Dr. Trent-Adams received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Hampton University, a Master of Science in Nursing and Health Policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She became a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2014.
Donald Warne, MD, MPH
Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Director of the Indians Into Medicine (INMED) and Public Health Programs
Professor of Family and Community Medicine
University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
He received his MD from Stanford University School of Medicine in 1995 and his MPH from Harvard School of Public Health in 2002. His work experience includes: several years as a primary care physician with the Gila River Health Care Corporation in Arizona; Staff Clinician with the National Institutes of Health; Indian Legal Program Faculty with the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University; Health Policy Research Director for Inter Tribal Council of Arizona; Executive Director of the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board; and Chair of the Department of Public Health at North Dakota State University. Dr. Warne is also a member of the Stanford University Alumni Hall of Fame.
Professional activities include:
- Member, National Board of Trustees, March of Dimes;
- Member, Health Disparities Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC);
- Member, Board of Directors, Public Health Foundation.
Steven Woolf, MD, MPH
Professor C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Distinguished Chair in Population Health and Health Equity
Emeritus and Senior Advisor, VCU Center on Society and Health
Virginia Commonwealth University