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: 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: Strengthen capacity in communities to continue to advance progress in achieving access to optimal health for all and inform legal, policy, and system reform
  • SUSTAIN: Transform culture in the US to sustain  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

  • Biography

    Hortensia Amaro has dramatically advanced the understanding of substance abuse disorder treatment, HIV prevention and other urgent public health challenges through a distinguished career that has spanned scholarly research, translation of science to practice, top-level policy consultation and service on four Institute of Medicine committees. She has authored more than 130 scholarly publications, many widely-cited, and she has made landmark contributions to improving behavioral health care in community-based organizations by launching addiction treatment programs that have helped thousands of families and informing practice in agencies around the world.

    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.

Stuart Butler, PhD
Senior Fellow of Economic Studies
Brookings Institution

  • Biography

    Stuart Butler is a member of the editorial board of Health Affairs, is a member of the Board on Health Care Services of the National Academy of Medicine and of the Advisory Group for the Academy’s Culture of Health Program. He also serves on advisory councils for the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy, and the March of Dimes. In 2002, he was an Institute of Politics Fellow at Harvard University. In 1990, he served as a member of Housing Secretary Jack Kemp’s Advisory Commission on Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing.

    Most recently, he has played a prominent role in the debate over health care reform, and addressing social determinants of health. He has also been working on a wide range of other issues, including the future of higher education, economic mobility, budget process reform and federal entitlement reform. Stuart Butler was born in Shrewsbury, England and emigrated to the United States in 1975. He was educated at St. Andrews University in Scotland, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and mathematics in 1968, a Master of Arts degree in economics and history in 1971, and a Ph.D. in American economic history in 1978.

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

  • Biography

    Angela Diaz, MD, Ph.D., MPH is the Jean C. and James W. Crystal Professor in Adolescent Health and Professor of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine. After earning her medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, she completed her post-doctoral training at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and subsequently received a Master in Public Health from Harvard University and Ph.D. in Epidemiology from Columbia University.  Dr. Diaz is the Director of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, a unique program that provides high quality, comprehensive, integrated, interdisciplinary primary care, sexual and reproductive health,  mental health, dental and health education services to teens-all for free to those without insurance.

    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.

John Dreyzehner, MD
Tennessee Department of Health

  • Biography

    In 2011 Dr. John Dreyzehner joined Governor Bill Haslam’s cabinet as 13th Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Health. With more than 25 years of service in clinical and public health leadership at the federal, state and local level, he has been privileged to lead a statewide team of highly talented and dedicated professionals who share a commitment to working together collaboratively to protect and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. Operationalizing a department-wide primary prevention and performance excellence framework now called “The TDH way”, Dreyzehner and his team have been recognized with numerous awards, including the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Vision award.

    During his tenure with TDH, he has focused on team building and collaboration to create and strengthen relationships and build a stronger infrastructure for public health across Tennessee. Motivating his team to achieve performance excellence, the department has focused prevention of communicable disease and the upstream deterrence of the “Big 4” health challenges of our time: physical inactivity, excessive caloric intake, tobacco and nicotine use, and other substance use disorders. Compassionate, effective and efficient service to residents in all 95 counties of the state is not a goal, but the standard of performance he has set for the department.

Shirley Franklin
Former Two-Term Mayor, Atlanta

  • Biography

    Shirley Franklin was elected the first African American woman mayor of a major southern city in 2002 and served two-terms until 2009. The mayor is term limited in Atlanta. Upon leaving office, she was appointed to the William and Camille Cosby Endowed Chair at Spelman College and served until June 2011.  For the past three years she served as the Barbara Jordan Visiting Professor in Ethics and Political Values at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin.

Julian Harris, MD, MBA
Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government
Fellow, Taubman Center for State and Local Government

  • Biography

    Dr. Harris is President of CareAllies, a Cigna Company and a Fellow with the Harvard Kennedy School Healthcare Policy Program. CareAllies is an innovative population health management services company focused on helping physician groups and delivery systems navigate the transition to value-based care. Dr. Harris joined Cigna in September 2015 as Senior Vice President of Strategic Operations to optimize the company’s approach to multi-year planning and internal investments and to accelerate the company’s delivery of value-based solutions in local markets. He became President of CareAllies in June 2016.

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

  • Biography

    Dr. Jeffrey Hutchinson [MD], a Colonel in the US Army, began his military career in 1989 with a degree in chemistry from the United States Military Academy [West Point].  He attended medical school at University of California, San Francisco.  His calling for medicine began in high school but his calling has always been about teaching.  He is a subject matter expert on risk-taking evaluation, media and the military. Former Chief of Adolescent Medicine at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where received the Medical Leadership Award as he oversaw the direct care of more than 2,000 patients, mostly between the ages of 13 and 25.

    Currently, Dr. Hutchinson is the school’s new Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. As the CDO, Hutchinson is working to promote SoM [School of Medicine] programs and policies that encourage diversity and inclusivity. In his role as Associate Dean, at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences School of Medicine, “America’s Medical School” in Bethesda, Maryland,  he fosters stronger partnerships with the School’s national training sites, including WRNMMC, Ft. Belvoir Community Hospital, Malcolm Grow Medical Center, and other major military treatment facilities nationwide that host and teach SoM students, where he is emphasizing a ‘holistic’ approach in the application process. Airborne qualified, Dr. Hutchinson is the recipient of numerous awards to include Medical Leadership Award and the Defense Meritorious Medal.

Otho Kerr, JD
Encourage Capital

  • Biography

    Otho Kerr is a partner with Encourage Capital, an investment firm that seeks to deploy capital to solve critical environmental and social problems. The firm believes that it can generate both compelling investment returns and social and environmental impacts. Previously, Otho was an Executive Director at Oppenheimer Asset Management. He has worked in investment banking and asset management for over twenty years, having begun with Goldman Sachs & Co. While at Goldman, Otho managed the U.S.’s first Rule 144A transaction. He later became Director and Head of the Corporate Finance Retail Industry Group at Deutsche Morgan Grenfell (Deutsche Bank). He began his professional career as an attorney with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

    Otho received a BA from Dartmouth College and a JD from Harvard Law School. Otho was the first member of his class to receive the Dartmouth Alumni Award. 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 fellow in the Rockefeller Foundation’s Next Generation Leadership Program. He has served on numerous non-profit boards. He is currently an Ambassador for Health Equity, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Raynard Kington, MD, PhD
Grinnell College

  • Biography

    Dr. Raynard S. Kington was appointed President of Grinnell College in August 2010. Prior to coming to Grinnell, he served in a range of positions at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) including NIH Principal Deputy Director and NIH Acting Director, NIH Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, and Acting Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Prior to NIH, he was a division director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he led the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), one of the nation’s largest studies assessing the health of the American people. He has been a Senior Scientist at the RAND Corporation and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCLA. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine (now, the National Academy of Medicine — NAM) of the National Academies of Science in 2006. He currently serves on the Governing Council of the NAM, on the Board of Directors of the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES Abroad), and on the National Advisory Council of the National Institute on Aging/NIH. Dr. Kington attended the University of Michigan, where he received both his B.S. with distinction and his M.D. He subsequently completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Michael Reese Medical Center in Chicago. He was then appointed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. His research has focused on the social determinants of health and more recently on diversity in the scientific workforce.

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

  • Biography

    Dr. Howard K. Koh is the Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School. He is also Co-Chair of the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative.  In these roles, he advances leadership education and training at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as well as with the Harvard Kennedy School, the Harvard Business School and across Harvard University.

    From 2009-2014, Dr. Koh served as the 14th Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), after being nominated by President Barack Obama and being confirmed by the U.S. Senate.  During that time he oversaw 12 core public health offices, including the Office of the Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, 10 Regional Health Offices across the nation, and 10 Presidential and Secretarial advisory committees. He also served as senior public health advisor to the Secretary of HHS. Dr. Koh previously served at Harvard School of Public Health (2003-2009) as the Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health, Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Director of the Harvard School of Public Health Center for Public Health Preparedness.

    He has earned over 70 awards and honors for interdisciplinary accomplishments in medicine and public health, including the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award for National Service, the Distinguished Service Award from the American Cancer Society, the 2014 Sedgwick Memorial Medal from the American Public Health Association (the highest honor of the organization), and five honorary doctorate degrees. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation and  New England Donor Services.  Dr. Koh and his wife Dr. Claudia Arrigg are the proud parents of three adult children.

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

  • Biography

    Velma McBride Murry is the Lois Autrey Betts Chair in Education and Human Development, Joe B. Wyatt Distinguished University Professor, and Professor, Human and Organizational Development in Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. She has conducted research on African-American parents and youth for over 20 years and identified proximal, malleable protective factors that deter emotional problems and risk engagement in youth. Findings from these studies informed the development of two curricula: the Strong African American Families Program (SAAF) and Pathways for African Americans Success (PAAS). Her last prevention trial, PAAS, is a 3-arm RCT designed to test the efficacy and viability of a technology-driven, interactive family-based preventive intervention as a delivery modality for rural families. Findings revealed that PAAS is more effective than the traditional in-person delivery format in inducing intervention targeted behaviors for both parents and youth. She is the author of over 100 scientific articles and is a previous member of the NAM Board of Children Youth and Families, and served on the Consensus Study Committee on Improving the Health, Safety, and Well-Being of Young Adults.

Dwayne Proctor, PhD
Senior Adviser to the President and Director
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

  • Biography

    Dwayne Proctor, PhD, came to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2002 as a senior communications and program officer, providing strategic guidance and resources for several child health and risk prevention initiatives like the Nurse-Family Partnership, Free to Grow, and the Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free. In 2005, Proctor was tapped to lead RWJF’s national strategies to reverse the rise in childhood obesity rates. Before coming to the Foundation, Proctor was an assistant professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, where he taught courses on health communication and marketing to multicultural populations. 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.

Karen Remley, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAP
Executive Director/CEO
American Academy of Pediatrics

  • Biography

    Dr. Karen Remley is the CEO/Executive Vice President of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The AAP is a nonprofit organization that represents 66,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists. The mission of the American Academy of Pediatrics is to attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Dr. Remley assumed this post in July 2015 and is the first female CEO of the organization.

    Dr. Remley earned her medical degree at the University of Missouri in Kansas City and completed her pediatrics residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital-Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Boarded in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine, she has practiced in a small practice as well as complex academic centers.
    Dr. Remley received an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and an MPH at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Eastern Virginia School of Medicine.

    Her career includes senior leadership positions for several healthcare organizations, including Operation Smile Inc., Physicians for Peace, and Sentara Healthcare, in addition to a prior position at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Virginia. She was the founding director of the M. Foscue Brock Institute for Community and Global Health at Eastern Virginia Medical School. She is married to John Onufer, M.D., and they have two daughters.

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

  • Biography

    Anna Ricklin is the Manager of the Planning and Community Health Research Center at the American Planning Association, focusing on ways to improve community health through livable communities, active transportation, and the built environment. Anna builds partnerships with affiliates to research and address health impacts in planning and urban design, develops outreach and educational materials for APA members and the public, and collaborates on numerous panels and working groups with planners, health professionals and other experts. She focuses particularly on vulnerable populations and best practices for integrating health goals, objectives and policies within planning practice and is the principal manager for Plan4Health, a three-year collaborative project connecting communities working to integrate planning and health. Anna previously worked with the Baltimore City Department of Transportation in roles promoting health, sustainable transportation and green design. Anna holds a Master of Health Science degree from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from American University.

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

  • Biography

    Martin J. Sepulveda, M.D., FACP, is an IBM Fellow, Institute of Medicine Member and former Vice President of Health Systems and Policy Research, Research Division, IBM Corporation. He has collaborated in research related to population health, workforce productivity, health care delivery and health systems improvement. Sepulveda’s primary areas of interest are data and analytics for health and economic development in cities, primary care, children, youth and young adults, and performance in the workplace. He previously served as IBM VP Integrated Health Services and led health policy and strategy, health benefits innovation and purchasing, occupational health and well-being services for IBM globally. Sepulveda has demonstrated leadership and expertise in: public health, health systems and policy, health care and health benefits strategy/assessment and administration, team building and multidisciplinary collaboration, business processes, productivity, quality systems, health information technology, measurement and research.

Tipiziwin Tolman 
Lakota Language Activities Instructor
Lakota Language Nest

  • Biography

    Tipiziwin Tolman, Wičhíyena Dakota and Húŋkpapȟa Lakȟóta from Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation in North Dakota, is a Lakota Language Activities Instructor in the Lakota Language Immersion Nest since 2012. She has served as a member and co-chair of Standing Rock’s Education Consortium’s Lakota Language and Culture Committee and taught at the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s annual Lakotiyapi Summer Institute. 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 study of the Lakota language, second-language teaching approaches and language acquisition methodologies. Tipiziwin completed the Bush Foundation’s Native Nation Rebuilders governance program with cohort six in 2015. She is married to T Tolman, who is a Lakota language immersion instructor in the Wičhákini Owáyawa, they have five children and reside on Standing Rock.

    Tipiziwin is dedicated to bringing the revitalization of tribal language and culture to the forefront of conversations regarding health disparities, social health determinants, and creating healthy homes and communities for tribal peoples and socioeconomically disadvantaged populations. Within her scope as a Lakota language advocate and immersion instructor, she bears witness to the positive force that tribal language revitalization is for individuals and the collective health of tribal communities.

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

  • Biography

    Antonia M. Villarruel, Ph.D., RN, FAAN is the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Director of the School’s WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership. As a bilingual and bicultural researcher, Dr. Villarruel has extensive research and practice experience with Latino populations, health promotion and disparities. Using a community-based participatory approach, she has been the PI/Co-PI of over eight RCTs on reducing high risk behaviors in teens. One program, to reduce sexual risk behavior among Latino youth – entitled Cuídate! was disseminated nationally. Dr. Villarruel holds many leadership positions. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Nursing; serves as Chair of the IOM Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities and Co-chair of the Strategic Advisory Council of the AARP/RWJ Future of Nursing Campaign for Action. Most recently, Dr. Villarruel was a member of the National Academy of Medicine Committee on Educating Health Professionals to Address the Social Determinants of Health resulting in the report, A Framework for Educating Health Professionals to Address the Social Determinants of Health (2016).