Somava Stout Joins NCOA Board of Directors


Armando Trull

Media Relations Manager


Stout brings extensive experience in health improvement and community transformation

Arlington, VA – The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is pleased to announce the addition of Somava “Soma” Stout, MD, MS, to the Board of Directors. Stout brings diverse knowledge and experience in key areas to ensure that every person is able to age with their best possible health and economic security.

Stout is vice president at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and Executive Lead of 100 Million Healthier Lives, which brings together 1800+ partners in 30+ countries to achieve transformation in health, well-being and equity, with an audacious aim: 100 million people thriving globally by 2020. 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 also 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. She is currently on the faculty on the Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) and Harvard Medical School (HMS).

“Soma’s expertise in the social and behavioral determinants of health is key to increasing the organization’s momentum,” said James Knickman, chair of the NCOA Board of Directors. “We look forward to her outlook on community activation and health improvement to support our strategic goal of increasing NCOA’s social impact.”

View the full NCOA Board of Directors here.

About NCOA

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a trusted national leader working to ensure that every person can age well. Since 1950, our mission has not changed: Improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are struggling. NCOA empowers people with the best solutions to improve their own health and economic security—and we strengthen government programs that we all depend on as we age. Every year, millions of people use our signature programs BenefitsCheckUp®, My Medicare Matters®, and the Aging Mastery Program® to age well. By offering online tools and collaborating with a nationwide network of partners, NCOA is working to improve the lives of 40 million older adults by 2030. Learn more at and @NCOAging.