Senior Advisor, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Dwayne Proctor
Senior Advisor, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Dwayne Proctor, PhD, senior adviser to the President and director, believes that the Foundation’s vision for building a Culture of Health presents a unique opportunity to achieve health equity, by advancing and promoting innovative systems changes related to the social determinants of health. Proctor is known for his strategic collaborations, having worked on several cross-sector initiatives (e.g., Partnership for a Healthier America) and national programs that focused on decreasing childhood obesity disparities gaps (e.g., Salud America!; Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities). Before coming to the Foundation, Proctor was an assistant professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine where he taught courses on health communication and marketing to multicultural populations. During his Fulbright Fellowship in Senegal, West Africa, his research team investigated how HIV/AIDS prevention messages raised awareness of AIDS as a national health problem. He is the former chairman of the board of directors for the Association of Black Foundation Executives and the current chairman of the board of trustees for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Proctor holds a BA, MA and PhD in Marketing Research and Communications Process from The University of Connecticut and a Post-doc at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.