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The Culture of Health Program

Everyone in this country deserves the opportunity to be healthy and reach their full potential no matter who they are or where they live.

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Bridging the Science of Health Equity with Action Towards Systems Change

About the Program

The National Academy of Medicine鈥檚 Culture of Health Program, funded by the聽, is a multiyear collaborative effort to identify strategies to create and sustain conditions that support equitable good health for everyone in America. The program focuses on four approaches that build upon and reinforce each other:

 

  • Understand: building, informing, and elevating the evidence base, including evidence from the lived experience of health inequity, to better understand and eliminate health inequities
  • Translate: communicating the evidence in a timely and culturally appropriate manner to bring understanding of the strongest science to those working to advance health equity
  • Engage: ensuring that key stakeholders working at every level to eliminate health inequities are provided the evidence-related tools they need to ensure their effectiveness
  • Learn: learning in real time from our activities to ensure effective and equitable evaluation and metrics of impact

Important Definitions
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A culture in which good health and well-being flourish across geographic, demographic, and social sectors; fostering healthy, equitable communities, guiding public and private decision-making, and everyone has the opportunity to make choices that lead to healthy lifestyles
Differences that exist among specific population groups in the U.S. in their opportunities to reach their full health potential
The state in which everyone has the opportunity to attain full health potential and no one is disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or any other socially designed circumstance
The complex structures and systems by which racism is developed, maintained, and protected

Why Health Equity Matters

Some groups face barriers to reaching their full potential to be healthy, based on factors like where they live or their race, ethnicity, or gender, that have a direct and negative impact on their health. These barriers are not random or accidental. They are a direct result of policy decisions, from the national to the institutional level, and structures that create and sustain social and economic inequality and structural racism in this country. Policies and structures determine whose air and water is clean; who has access to good schools, jobs, and affordable housing; where parks, grocery stores, and hospitals are located; which communities are safe to be active outdoors; and much more. All of these factors play a critical role in shaping people鈥檚 health and well-being. Sustainable change to eliminate barriers to good health starts with a focus on addressing these underlying factors.

Addressing the underlying causes of inequity requires understanding that certain populations in the U.S. experience worse health trajectories even when controlling for socioeconomic status, based on marginalization and oppression, and how our systems and structures are set up to privilege some populations over others. The U.S. has an extraordinary opportunity to advance health equity by bringing the science, knowledge, and community wisdom to uncover areas of structural racism and unequal allocation of resources that are root causes of health inequities.

We need to recognize and understand the ways in which new and existing policies and practices impact the health of people and communities differently, especially those most affected by structural racism. Acknowledging structural racism and unequal allocation of power and resources as root causes of health inequity in this country does not exclude the significance of other factors such as gender or disability status. Ultimately, understanding how the environments and experiences of different groups are shaped by the unique barriers and biases they face 鈥 starting with structural racism and then layering additional lenses 鈥 can improve the health of the entire nation. Together we can create evidence-based solutions that address the root causes of inequity and promote health and well-being for all.

Program Highlights

Staff

Amy Gyau-Moyer, Director, Senior Program Officer
Kimber Bogard,聽
Deputy Executive Officer
Jessica Covington,
Assistant to the Deputy Executive Officer
Katherine Foster,
Senior Program Assistant
Samantha Phillips,
Communications Officer
Elisabeth Solomon,
Research Assistant
Shaneah Taylor,
Deputy Director of Programs

Sponsors

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

 

Advisory Committee

Want to get involved? Building a culture of health requires the involvement of many stakeholders. To learn more about the NAM鈥檚 Culture of Health Program, contact cultureofhealth@nas.edu. You can also聽聽for program updates.


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