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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 joined more than 60 higher education organizations in encouraging congressional leadership to pass legislation to protect DACA before the year’s end.

  • December 2, 2022
Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC and the AAMC Center for Health Justice submitted comments to HHS on the Healthy People 2030 proposed core objective on voting.

  • December 2, 2022
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The AAMC joined other hospital groups on Nov. 14 in a letter urging congressional leadership to avert pending cuts to Medicare payments.

  • November 17, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC joined nearly 40 organizations in urging Congress to include key provisions of the PREVENT Pandemics Act in the final legislative package.

  • November 15, 2022
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AHRQ released its 20th annual report on national health care quality and disparities.

  • November 8, 2022
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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Washington Highlights

On Oct. 13, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra renewed the COVID-19 public health emergency declaration.

  • October 18, 2022
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On Sept. 29, the AAMC, the NMA, and the NMQF hosted a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference session and reception.

  • October 7, 2022
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The AAMC submitted comments Oct.3 to the HHS Office for Civil Rights supportive of additional proposed nondiscrimination protections.

  • October 5, 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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