Culture of Health: Committee on Community Based Solutions to Promote Health Equity in the United States

Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Health Services, Coverage, and Access, Select Populations and Health Equity, Public Health
Board: Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice

Activity Description

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as part of its Culture of Health initiative, asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to assist in delineating causes of and solutions to health inequities in the United States. A consensus committee was assembled and members examined the evidence on solutions to promote health equity. At the end of the project, the committee released a report entitled Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity, which is also available to the public (see right side of this webpage for link). 

The statement of task for the committee is below:

  • Review the state of health disparities in the U.S. and explore the underlying conditions and root causes contributing to health inequity.
  • Identify and examine a minimum of 6 examples of community-based solutions that address health inequities, drawing both from deliberate and indirect interventions or activities that promote equal opportunity for health (examples will draw from health and non-health sectors).
  • Identify the major elements of effective or promising solutions and their key levers, policies, stakeholders, and other elements that are needed to be successful.
  • Recommend elements of short- or long-term strategies and solutions that communities may consider to expand opportunities to advance health equity. 
  • Recommend key research needs to help identify and strengthen evidence-based solutions and other recommendations as viewed appropriate by the committee to reduce health disparities and promote health equity.

To learn more about the Culture of Health program, please visit the National Academy of Medicine's webpage.

As of March 2016, the Health and Medicine Division continues the consensus studies and convening activities previously undertaken by the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

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