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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.

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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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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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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

The AAMC joined in a group letter encouraging Congress to pass legislation to protect those covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

  • November 17, 2022
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An appeals court on Oct. 5 found DACA unlawful, but left the program intact, requiring the lower court to review the program in light of a new DHS final rule.

  • October 7, 2022
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On Sept. 22, the Senate Finance Committee released a discussion draft that would strengthen the behavioral health workforce and increase Medicare-supported GME.

  • September 23, 2022
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The NIH Council of Councils in the Office of the Director was updated on plans for ARPA-H just before an inaugural director was announced on Sept. 12.

  • September 16, 2022
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On June 22, the House of Representatives passed a bill to support mental health and a bill to authorize ARPA-H.

  • June 24, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC submitted a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee leadership commenting on mental health and ARPA-H legislation

  • June 22, 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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On May 18, the House Energy and Commerce Committee marked up and approved bipartisan mental health legislation.

  • May 20, 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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