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    AAMC Submits Comments on Proposed Objectives for Healthy People 2030

    Malika Fair, Senior Director, Health Equity Partnerships & Programs

    The AAMC Jan. 17 submitted  comments to the Department of Health and Human Services regarding the proposed core, development, and research objectives for Healthy People 2030.  These objectives represent the nation’s critical public health priorities to improve the health and well-being of all Americans through multisector collaboration and evidence-based intervention. 

    In its comments, the AAMC provided recommendations on several of the proposed measures as summarized below:

    • Core Objectives – Achieving Health Equity: The AAMC supports the inclusion of core objectives that address health disparities and/or achieving health equity where population-level data has been collected and tracked and are focused on the reduction of disease burden. The AAMC recognizes the socioeconomic factors that affect health and remains committed to advancing solutions in academic medicine that address systemic inequalities in communities.     

    • Developmental Objectives – Clinical Prevention and Population Health Content and Training: The AAMC supports the inclusion of the proposed education-related objectives and is committed to continued participation in the Healthy People Curriculum Task Force to collect data on the integration of population health topics in medical education. Additionally, the AAMC remains engaged with its interprofessional colleagues to promote team-based approaches through didactic and experiential training for future health professionals.

    • Research Objectives– Workforce Development and Pipeline Programs: The AAMC supports the inclusion of research objectives to assess the capacity of the physician workforce and evaluate the impact of pipeline programs to advance quality, equitable health care for an increasingly diverse U.S. population. Further research on the impact of these efforts can be informed by the AAMC’s robust data warehouse and participant data from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Summer Health Professions Education Program that engages 1,000 college students yearly through traditional health care and public health experiences.