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Action Plan 8: Advance Knowledge Through the AAMC Research and Action Institute

Executive Director Atul Grover, MD, PhD, explains how the AAMC Research and Action Institute is leading the charge, tackling these issues head-on to make effective change and improve the health of people everywhere.

The academic medicine community, policymakers, and others turn to the AAMC for information, data, and advice on countless issues.

AAMC research and analyses inform policy and practice across the missions and institutions of academic medicine. The AAMC Research and Action Institute brings together leaders from the nation’s medical schools, teaching hospitals, and research institutions, along with other experts, to tackle complex health policy issues and develop straightforward solutions to improve health.  

Where we are now

  • The AAMC Research and Action Institute launched in 2020 and is taking a novel approach to discussing policy challenges and offer solutions to the most intractable problems in health. The institute redefines complex problems, finds a common understanding of their core components, and brings more visibility to feasible—but not necessarily popular—solutions. 

  • We’ve named an external advisory committee comprised of national experts who further the institute’s ability to provide a straightforward, nonpartisan, practical approach to policy issues. 

  • In September 2021, the AAMC Research and Action Institute released The Way Forward Starts Now: Lessons from COVID-19, a reflection on the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, including recommendations on how the United States can be better prepared for the next pandemic and the ongoing health care needs of the country. 

What happens next

The AAMC Research and Action Institute will continue to lay the groundwork for addressing the U.S. health care system through policy analysis.

In the coming months, the institute will focus on providing original research and issue briefs that will synthesize complex issues in our health care system and propose possible steps forward to improve the health of all. Upcoming publications will include in-depth research on the nation’s health care workforce and a series of issue briefs that will break down the current challenges with how the United States approaches health care costs.

Ways to get involved

We invite health care decision-makers, influencers, and members of the public to subscribe to future communications and updates from Executive Director Atul Grover, MD, PhD. We also welcome feedback on issues of interest that the Research and Action Institute may address.