Angela Acker

Program Manager, RWJF Culture of Health Prize

angela.acker@cohprize.wisc.edu

Angela is an Associate Researcher and Program Manager for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded RWJF Culture of Health Prize at the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The RWJF Culture of Health Prize honors and elevates U.S. communities that are working at the forefront of advancing health, opportunity, and equity for all.

Prior to joining the UW Population Health Institute, Angela worked at the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness as a Neighborhood Director primarily supporting and equipping neighborhoods in Memphis, TN as they embark on the Healthier Tennessee Communities designation process. Preceding this work, she honed her public health leadership skills at the Shelby County Health Department as a Community Health Planner and later as Interim Public Information Officer. Through these roles, she facilitated key community health assessments and strategic planning initiatives as well as launched communication efforts on various health priorities and emerging issues such as violence as a public health issue, opioids, trauma informed organizations, and obesity prevention.

Residing in Memphis, TN with her husband and daughter, Angela is a conduit who builds capacity for and connects communities and organizations to promote health equity and improve health outcomes. She holds a Master of Public Health from University of Kentucky and a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University with a double major in English (Creative Writing) and Medicine, Health & Society.