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Advocacy & Policy

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) works with policymakers and other leaders to advance policy priorities that strengthen the nation’s health and well-being.

Through policies that affect health care delivery, research, education, health equity, and more, the federal government is a key partner in sustaining the vitality of the nation’s academic medicine ecosystem, which is essential to improving the health of all.

Confronting the Mental Health Crisis: The Value of a Team-Based Approach

On October 11, the AAMC held a virtual congressional briefing outlining the potential benefit of integrated behavioral health models.

AAMC Policy and Priorities

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Research

AAMC-member institutions endeavor to prepare a diverse medical research workforce and champion an environment where medical discovery can flourish. This strong commitment is key to innovation that benefits patients.

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Clinical Care

AAMC-member teaching hospitals and faculty physicians cultivate and provide high-quality health care, especially for complex and vulnerable patients -- many of whom are unable to receive care elsewhere.

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Investing in Healthier Communities

Academic medical centers serve at the crossroads of community health, health equity, and population health and are actively working to prevent and address persistent public health challenges.

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Workforce

AAMC-member medical schools and teaching hospitals play a crucial role in preparing future physicians who help create a healthier future for all with innovative graduate medical education.

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Washington Highlights

Washington Highlights is a weekly newsletter that provides updates on the latest legislative and regulatory activities affecting academic medicine.

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The AAMC named Jonathan Jaffery, MD, MS, MMM, FACP, as its next chief health care officer.

  • October 31, 2022
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The AAMC announced Danielle Turnipseed, JD, MHSA, MPP, as its next chief public policy officer.

  • October 3, 2022
Capitol Hill, Washington
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The AAMC's statement applauding Congress for the House passage of Advancing Telehealth Beyond COVID-19 Act of 2022.

  • July 28, 2022
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This AAMC report examines economic impact of institutions in their communities.

  • June 29, 2022
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On May 6, 2022, the AAMC reaffirmed its commitment to the physician-patient relationship and access to safe and effective reproductive health care.

  • May 6, 2022
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On March 28, the AAMC issued a statement in response to President Biden’s FY 2023 budget request for NIH, CDC, HRSA, CMS, and other federal agencies.

  • March 28, 2022
White House in Washington, DC
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On March 9, the AAMC issued a statement supporting proposed FY22 omnibus legislation that if enacted would increasing funding for key agencies within HHS.

  • March 9, 2022
U.S. Capitol
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The voting members of the AAMC and the AAHC have approved a merger of their two organizations as of April 1, 2022. The AAHC will become part of the AAMC.

  • January 20, 2022
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On January 13, the AAMC released a statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions on federal vaccine requirements from OSHA and CMS.

  • January 13, 2022
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On December 29, the AAMC released a statement applauding the CMS announcement that it is reinstating COVID-19 vaccine mandates at covered health care locations.

  • December 29, 2021
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Advocacy Caucus and Coalitions

The CAMC is a bipartisan group of Members of Congress that seeks to promote and recognize the important role that medical schools, teaching hospitals and faculty physicians play to improve the health of people everywhere.

The Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research supports enhancing the federal investment in the biomedical, behavioral, and population-based research conducted and supported by the NIH.

The FOVA is a diverse coalition representing national academic, medical, and scientific societies; voluntary health and patient advocacy groups; and veteran-focused associations.

The HPNEC advocates for continued support for the health professions and nursing workforce development programs critical to providing continued services to underserved and minority communities.

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AAMC Action – Let’s Raise Our Voices Together

We are a community of students, residents, researchers, faculty members, physicians, and others who advocate on behalf of academic medicine to improve the health of people everywhere.

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