Cultural contexts affect health and wellbeing in profound, and often hidden, ways. With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and in collaboration with WHO/Europe’s flagship CCH project, the Vanderbilt Cultural Contexts of Health and Wellbeing Initiative uses cultural insights to help improve public health policy and healthcare delivery.
Each year, the VU-CCH team focuses on one theme, enlisting expert consultants from around the world to develop a policy brief on that topic. The first was on “Improving Pandemic Response: Global Lessons and Cultural Insights from COVID-19” (2021). The second brief will be published in May 2022 on reconceptualizing the childhood obesity epidemic.