Action Plan 9: Position the AAMC as a National Leader in Health Equity and Health Justice
Despite decades of effort by various sectors — including public health and medicine — health inequities and injustices persist in our nation.
This action plan created the AAMC Center for Health Justice in September 2021 to contribute to the solutions to health inequities by innovating, collaborating, and digging deeper to ensure that systems and structures shift toward justice. The center will spark community collaborations with diverse sectors and individuals contributing their unique resources in service of the common cause of health justice.
Where we are now
- The center hosted its first Maternal Health Incubator on May 24-25, 2022, a two-day virtual convening to generate a common understanding of the data needed to effectively address maternal health inequities. The meeting proceedings will be released this fall.
- In partnership with the REDCap team at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, we are developing a cloud-based version of the Health Equity Inventory with enhanced reporting, data sharing capabilities, and greater applicability to sectors beyond medicine.
- We have convened a Multisector Partner Group from sectors representing the diverse social and political determinants of health at the national and local levels. The group will use their expertise and leadership to contribute to the strategy and agenda of the Center for Health Justice.
- The center continues to promote the Principles of Trustworthiness through workshops to help institutions build community connections through humility, authenticity, intersectionality, and long-term commitment.
- The center polls a nationally representative sample of adults across the United States to gather public opinions in real-time. To-date, the center has released 3 research briefs:
What happens next
- We will continue to pilot the Health Equity Inventory with five member institutions. They will have a year to use the tool for tracking and guiding their own efforts, making improvements, and preparing the tool for wider use not only by health care organizations but by other community organizations working toward health equity.
- Following the Maternal Health Incubator, the center is committed to developing a collaborative, multisector project aimed at addressing maternal health inequities.
- The center will conduct a series of Maternal Health Impact Assessments (HIA). The center’s first maternal HIA will focus on paid family and medical leave on maternal health, as well as Medicaid and access to mental health resources.
- The center will announce its fourth area of focus this summer in partnership with its Multisector Partner Group.
Ways to get involved
- Join AAMC CHARGE (Collaborative for Health Equity: Act, Research, Generate Evidence) to connect with a multidisciplinary group of health equity champions and community partners. AAMC CHARGE participants can also join the online virtual community.
- Subscribe to the Center for Health Justice newsletter.
- Visit the Center for Health Justice website to learn more about our work and how you or your organization can get involved.
- Email us at email@example.com.