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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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Pathway Programs Privacy Judiciary Branch
Washington Highlights

On Nov. 28, the HHS released a proposed rule to increase care coordination and confidentiality for patients with substance use disorder in the CFR.

  • December 2, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

On Oct. 19, the AAMC signed on to the AI/AN Health Partners letter urging House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, to increase funding for the IHS.

  • October 19, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

On Oct. 19, the AAMC signed on to the AI/AN Health Partners letter urging Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior to increase funding for the IHS.

  • October 19, 2022
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AAMC legislative priorities including, HRSA Title VII workforce programs, GME, Community College Pathway, the Pathway to Practice program and Health Equity

  • September 28, 2022
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Press Release

The AAMC and 45 health professional and educational organizations submitted an amicus brief in support of consideration of race in higher education admissions

  • July 29, 2022
Washington Highlights

After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the HHS issued privacy guidance on June 30 for practitioners and patients seeking reproductive health care.

  • July 8, 2022
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Press Release

The AAMC released a statement on Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson women’s health organization on June 24.

  • June 24, 2022
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Washington Highlights

The AAMC commented June 6 to the HHS Office for Civil Rights on cybersecurity practices and distributing penalties and settlements.

  • June 10, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC submitted comments June 6 to HHS Office for Civil Rights proposals to implement the HITECH Act

  • June 6, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC submitted a May 27 letter in response to a NIGMS RFI on Improving Biomedical Research Training, Career Progression, and the Educational Environment

  • May 27, 2022
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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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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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