Michael Acker is senior vice president and general manager of community and urban services at Sharecare, the digital health company that helps people manage all their health in one place. In this role, he oversees Sharecare’s portfolio of technology-enabled community well-being transformation solutions, including the population health initiative Blue Zones Project® by Sharecare.
Acker has played an integral role in the company’s population health and community and urban services strategies since the inception of Blue Zones Project in 2010. In the initiative’s formative stage, Acker worked closely with Buettner to create an evidence-based, scalable, and sustainable program that could help entire communities move toward optimal health and well-being by improving their surroundings to support healthy choices. Today, 70 communities across the U.S. have joined the movement – impacting more than 4 million people, and with significant outcomes related to declines in obesity and smoking and increases in rates of exercise and healthy eating.
Previously, Acker held various finance, strategy, and product management roles in across the healthcare sector. He is a member of the American Public Health Association and an advisory board member for the Council on Rural Aging.
Acker holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of Tennessee and a bachelor’s degree in health policy from Ithaca College in New York.