Whole Health Institute Announces Walt Cooper as CEO

Authored by
Amanda Hull, PhD
Sr. Director of Health and Well-Being
Published on
March 14, 2022

Bentonville, Ark. (March 14 2022)—Whole Health Institute, a non-profit organization founded to make whole health available to all people in all communities, today announces Walt Cooper, PhD, as chief executive officer.

Cooper served as managing director for healthcare initiatives, overseeing strategic planning, budget, and operations at Whole Health Institute. Prior to this role, he served as head of Walmart health innovation and optimization.

Previously, he co-founded and served as president of San Diego-based Cortica Healthcare, treating children with autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions. At Cortica, Cooper developed an operational infrastructure that enabled this novel clinical model to grow and expand.

He has also worked with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs following a highly decorated career in the military. Cooper holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Harvard, and a Master of Science degree from Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Cooper follows Tracy Gaudet in this leadership role. Gaudet recently resigned from her position with the Institute in order to pursue other interests. During her tenure, she built a strong foundation for the new organization, sharing her expertise and dedication to whole health principles.

“We are grateful for Tracy’s passion and foundational work. I’m honored to carry forth the vision of Whole Health Institute to improve well-being and quality of life, focusing on an approach to health that includes mind, body, and spirit,” said Cooper. “We’re at an exciting time in the organization’s history, with an extraordinary team assembled and an array of opportunities across the health care systems, workplaces, and within our communities.”

About Whole Health Institute

Whole Health Institute is a non-profit organization founded in 2019 by philanthropist Alice Walton. The mission is to make whole health available to all people in all communities. The Institute educates individuals, convenes and catalyzes thought-leaders, and radically transforms health systems toward the goals of improving health and quality of life, reducing health care costs, and impacting how medical education is taught and health care is delivered. The whole health approach integrates physical, mental, and spiritual health to improve well-being and quality of life. Whole Health Institute provides tools that help individuals create personalized self-care plans based on their values, needs, and purpose. The Institute creates partnerships between individuals, health coaches, instructors, educators, and medical experts, as well as employers, health systems and communities to form support systems that make holistic health achievable and accessible.