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2014 Health Equity Research Snapshot

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As part of their commitment to improving the health of patients and populations, academic medical centers conduct health equity research to identify solutions to systematic and avoidable inequities in health and health care.

This snapshot highlights seven new research projects underway at AAMC-member institutions. We solicited these videos from researchers and their teams to represent the rich variety of populations and health outcomes that health equity researchers investigate.

Community-based Translation Research

Sharing genetic information with African American patients to prevent kidney disease.

Sharing genetic information with patients and their providers may allow African Americans with a particular gene variant to better focus on the management of their high blood pressure to avoid related kidney disease.

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Basic Discovery

Understanding African American kidney disease disparities at the molecular level.

Building on evidence that gene variation largely explains certain racial disparities in kidney disease, researchers aim to learn how the disease progresses at the molecular and c

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Population Health Research

Culturally tailored smoking cessation for American Indian college students.

Researchers are promoting smoking cessation among American Indian college students while respecting cultural traditions around tobacco use.

The University of Kansas School of Medicine


Identifying risk factors that contribute to substance use disparities among LGBT youth.

To reduce the disproportionate burden of substance disorders in sexual minority adolescents, researchers aim to identify at-risk subpopulations and barriers to treatment.

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Comparative Effectiveness Research

Promoting physical activity with virtual health advisors among Latino populations.

The use of virtual health advisors may be an effective and cost-efficient way to increase levels of physical activity and promote healthy living among Latino adults.

Stanford University School of Medicine

Genetic Research

Investigating viral and genetic contributors to Asian American liver cancer disparities.

Differences in viral sequences and immune responses may hold the key to understanding and intervening on disparities in hepatitis B-related liver cancer between Asian-American populations.

UC Davis School of Medicine

Health Care Research

Increasing health care access for vulnerable populations through patient portals.

An interdisciplinary research team seeks to identify how to make patient portals more accessible to populations who could benefit most from increased access to health care services.

Wake Forest University School of Medicine