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History of the AAMC-CDC Cooperative Agreement

Improving the Health of All

Since 2000, the AAMC has been honored to partner with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in cooperative agreements that facilitate a wide range of activities to improve and increase collaborations between academic medicine and public health, support enhanced teaching of concepts of population health, and provide practical hands-on experience at the community level. Both parties recognized that improved coordination between medicine and public health would help improve the health of populations.

Previous cooperative agreements promoted the academic medical community's participation in CDC's efforts to prevent and control disease, injury and disability. This was accomplished by allowing AAMC member institutions to participate more fully in the CDC's extramural research activities, and through "in-house" projects directed by AAMC.

Priority areas of interest shared by CDC and AAMC over the years include:

  • Promoting the teaching of prevention and public health in academic medical center
  • Promoting the training of public health and prevention researchers within academic medical centers
  • Increasing the number of underrepresented minority students in medical schools
  • Activities to eliminate health disparities
  • Building public health workforce capacity

AAMC-Based Projects

Completed projects directed by the AAMC and supported through former AAMC-CDC Cooperative Agreements, including Regional Medicine-Public Health Education Centers (RMPHEC/RMPHEC-GME).


Extramural Projects

Completed projects supported through the extramural grants program of former AAMC-CDC Cooperative Agreements.

AAMC-CDC Extramural Grantees 


AAMC-CDC Public Health Policy Fellowship

Public health policy experiential learning opportunities for early-career physicians.


U.S.-Brazil Joint Action Plan to Eliminate Racial & Ethnic Discrimination & Promote Equality (JAPER)

JAPER is a bilateral instrument that provides a platform for cooperation to combat racial discrimination.

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