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Urban Universities for HEALTH



Urban Universities for HEALTH (Health Equity through Alignment, Leadership, and Transformation of the Health Workforce) aims to enhance and expand a culturally sensitive, diverse, and prepared health workforce that improves health and reduces health disparities in urban communities.


Urban Universities for HEALTH is a partnership effort of the AAMC with the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities/Association of Public Land-grant Universities and the National Institutes of Health. Through Urban Universities for HEALTH, USU/A-P-L-U and the AAMC will work with urban university presidents and health professions deans to strengthen institutional capacity, develop metrics, and implement a Learning Collaborative to test and share novel approaches to talent development with the aim of improving the health of urban underserved and minority populations.

In order to achieve this goal, Urban Universities for HEALTH will:

  1. Increase the quality of evidence and use of data within university strategic and action planning to develop a health workforce that reduces health disparities;

  2. Identify measures by which institutions can assess progress and drive greater impact; and

  3. Disseminate new knowledge, tools, and resources to assist universities and academic medical centers in increasing their capacity and contributions.

About the Learning Collaborative

Urban Universities for HEALTH has established the initial infrastructure for what will become a broad collaborative effort, engaging universities, national partners, federal agencies, and other stakeholders who share a commitment to health equity. Five demonstration sites will work together with a broader group of urban universities to pursue the partnership’s goals. The initial cohort includes:

These institutions will capture local data, evaluate current strategies, and drive workforce improvements in common areas across sites. Each site will engage a university-wide team including deans in nursing, medicine, dentistry, public health and allied health professions.

Metrics Toolkit Launch

Watch the video from our web launch on Monday, June 26, 2017.

The Urban Universities for HEALTH Learning Collaborative created:

  • A dashboard of key metrics that can be customized at the institution level to enhance the health workforce of urban communities
  • A core capacity and culture assessment tool to help institutions leverage their strengths and identify deficiencies in training an urban workforce to improve health equity
  • A data clearinghouse to disseminate new knowledge and resources


For further information, contact the Urban Universities for HEALTH National Program Office at or 202-478-9914.