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    Urban Universities for HEALTH


    Urban Universities for HEALTH (Health Equity through Alignment, Leadership, and Transformation of the Health Workforce) aims to enhance and expand a culturally sensitive, diverse, and prepared health workforce that improves health and reduces health disparities in urban communities.

    Metrics Toolkit

    The Urban Universities for HEALTH Metrics Toolkit is an interactive, web-based toolkit to help university leaders measure efforts to build a diverse and culturally competent health and scientific workforce.


    The Holistic Admissions in the Health Professions report is the first to examine the nationwide impact and use of holistic review—a university admissions process that assesses an applicant’s unique experiences alongside traditional measures of academic achievement such as grades and test scores—for students pursuing careers in the health professions. 

    The Urban Universities: Developing a Health Workforce that Meets Community Needs report describes how urban universities are transforming the health care system through a more diverse, culturally sensitive, and prepared health workforce that will improve health and health equity in our nation’s cities. The report contains recommendations for university leaders seeking to increase their institutions’ impact in this area.

    The Increasing Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce: Actions for Improving Evidence report reviews existing evidence for university diversity strategies, identifies key research gaps, and proposes concrete research actions to improve the evidence base for successful interventions. The results of these actions, if pursued, have the potential to transform the way universities do business, increasing investment in practices that work and helping leaders phase out those that do not.

    The Faculty Cluster Hiring for Diversity And Institutional Climate report is the product of in-depth qualitative research conducted with institutions that have developed cluster hiring programs, and includes case studies and promising practices for university leaders to consider in transforming higher education through the development of diverse research teams that will address some of society’s most complex challenges.

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    About the Learning Collaborative

    From 2012-2017, Urban Universities for HEALTH established a broad collaborative effort, engaging universities, national partners, federal agencies, and others who share a commitment to health equity. Five demonstration sites worked together with a broader group of urban universities to pursue the partnership’s goals. 

    The cohort included Cleveland State University/Northeast Ohio Medical University, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, University of Cincinnati, University of Missouri Kansas City, and University of New Mexico. These institutions captured local data and evaluated current strategies to drive workforce improvements in common areas across sites. Each site engaged a university-wide team including deans in nursing, medicine, dentistry, public health, and allied health professions.

    This project was supported under a cooperative agreement from the NIH National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities through the Association of American Medical Colleges, grant number 1U24MD006960. Publication and report contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the AAMC, APLU, or the NIH NIMHD.