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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.

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AAMC Virtual Congressional Briefing on Integrated Behavioral Health

The AAMC will hold a virtual congressional briefing, “Confronting the Mental Health Crisis: The Value of a Team-Based Approach,” on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022, from 12-1 p.m. ET.

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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 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 16, The AAMC commented on the National Institute on Drug Abuse Racial Equity Initiative Action Plan.

  • June 24, 2022
Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC comments on the NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse Racial Equity Initiative Action Plan

  • June 16, 2022
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On June 8, the House of Representatives passed its chamber’s FDA user fee agreement package, including provisions to diversify clinical trials.

  • June 10, 2022
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The AAMC joined a health professions group amicus brief filed on May 4 supporting a challenge to the Alabama criminalization of gender-affirming care.

  • May 6, 2022
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Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) reintroduced the Health Equity and Accountability Act (HEAA) on April 26 to address racial and ethnic health inequities and more.

  • April 29, 2022
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The AAMC joined higher education groups in a March 22 letter to congressional leaders regarding the upcoming conference of competitiveness bills.

  • March 25, 2022
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The AAMC joined over 20 research organizations in a March 23 letter to several representatives in support of the use of animal models in research.

  • March 25, 2022
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The AAMC joined over 130 members of the Friends of AHRQ in March 16 letters to appropriators sharing a fiscal year 2023 funding recommendation for the agency.

  • March 25, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC joined nearly 25 organizations in a letter to members of Congress in support of the use of animal models in medical research.

  • March 22, 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.

AAMC Action

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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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