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The AAMC Accelerating Health Equity, Advancing through Discovery (AHEAD) initiative seeks to identify, evaluate, and disseminate effective and replicable AAMC-member institution practices that improve community health and reduce health inequities.

Learn about AAMC medical research initiatives and publications.

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Community Engagement, Precision Medicine, and Native Health

PMI video 1Native Health Part 1
The 2017 AAMC Community Engagement Toolkit features presentations, discussion questions, and interviews with 17 urban dwelling Native Americans that academic health centers can use to engage their communities in dialogue about the perceived risks and benefits of participating in the NIH All of Us Research Program and other research efforts.  The All of Us Research Program was designed to deploy genetic, clinical, behavioral, and social data to deliver the right treatment to the right patient at the right time.

PMI video 2Native Health Part 2
We encourage you to share the toolkit materials with your colleagues to assist with developing concrete actions that an individual or an institution can take to engage diverse local communities, including Native populations, in discussions about and participation in research, generally and in genetic research, specifically. 

These videos do not address concerns from a tribal sovereignty perspective. Additional resources are available from the National Congress of American Indians.

Community Health Needs Assessment Resources for Member Teaching Hospitals

Not-for-profit teaching hospitals are required to conduct a community health needs assessment (CHNA) every three years. This collaborative process engages communities, public health experts, and clinical leaders to identify and intervene on the most important health needs in the local community.

The AAMC’s 2017 Health Equity Research Snapshot features seven videos of exemplary CHNA processes from across the country. A companion research brief  demonstrates how AAMC-member teaching hospitals are tackling social determinants of health like poverty, lack of transportation, and unemployment as part of their CHNA-related interventions.

These and other CHNA related resources can be accessed at

AAMC AHEAD Cycle 4: Health Equity Systems Cohort

On February 23rd the AAMC hosted its first live-streamed workshop of a multi-year series of meetings to map participating institutions’ community health-focused activities into coordinated systems, and subsequently evaluate impacts for patients, communities, learners and the institutions themselves.

The workshop included speakers from the VA, NIH, CMS, HRSA, and CDC among other national stakeholders. 

View the workshop presentations.
Download the site mapping tools.

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ROCChe is a forum for investigators, clinicians, and their partners to collaborate, share, learn and improve upon the design, conduct and implementation of research that aims to close or minimize disparities in health and health care.

Health Equity Systems Approach

The nation’s academic medical centers and their public health, community-based, and other partners are working to achieve health equity by improving population and community health and by making health care safer and more accessible, affordable, and equitable.

Contact Health Equity Research and Policy Staff

Philip M. Alberti, PhD
Senior Director, Health Equity Research and Policy

Karey M. Sutton, PhD
Lead Specialist, Health Equity Research and Policy