Somava Stout, MD, MS (Soma)has dedicated her career to improving health, wellbeing and equity through the development of thriving people, organizations and communities. She has worked as a primary care internist and pediatrician in the safety net and a global public health practitioner for over 20 years.
She currently serves as Vice President at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and as Executive Lead of 100 Million Healthier Lives, which brings together 1000+ partners in 28 countries to achieve transformation in health, wellbeing and equity, with an audacious aim: 100 million people thriving globally by 2020. She serves as the co-Principal Innovator for the SCALE initiative, which supports communities around the country to accelerate their journey toward a Culture of Health through the development of Community of Solutions skills, behaviors and systems.
Previously, Dr. Stout served as Vice President for Patient Centered Medical Home Development at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), where she led a whole system transformation of leadership, care delivery, workforce, and finances that garnered numerous national awards and achieved breakthrough results in health outcomes and cost for a safety net population. She founded and led the development of the CHA Revere and Everett Family Health Centers as national models for community-integrated primary care and helped to found the Everett Community Health Partnership.
She served as Co-Director of Leadership Development at the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Center for Primary Care, developing a cadre of change leaders across the system. She continues as faculty at both CHA and HMS. In 2012, Dr. Stout was recognized as one of ten inaugural Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Young Leaders for her contributions to improving the health of the nation. In 2016 she was elected as a Leading Causes of Life Global Fellow. She has consulted with leaders from across the world, including Guyana, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Australia, Tunisia, Denmark and Brazil.