Somava Stout Joins NCOA Board of Directors


Jean Van Ryzin

Senior Director, Communications


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 the national voice for every person’s right to age well. NCOA empowers individuals with trusted solutions to improve their own health and economic security—and protects and strengthens federal programs that people depend on as they age. Working with a nationwide network of partners and directly with individuals, NCOA’s goal is to improve the lives of 10 million older adults by 2020. Learn more at and @NCOAging.