Aguilar-Gaxiola appointed to national committees to improve health and community engagement
Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, a thought leader in reducing health disparities and building strong communities, was recently appointed to the National Advisory Council of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation.
As a SAMHSA council member, he will help guide policy to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities, with an emphasis on improving rural health and reducing health disparities.
Aguilar-Gaxiola also recently was tapped to join the steering committee of another prominent organization, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM).
As a NAM committee member, he will be exploring ways to assess community engagement to shape and implement health policies and programs. In cooperation with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the group will review existing measures of engagement of individuals, families and organizations with health care policy activities. The committee will meet virtually for about an hour a month, and in person for two workshops.
Aguilar-Gaxiola is a professor of internal medicine and director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities. He also serves as director for the CTSC Community Engagement program.