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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.

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Health Equity Research and Policy

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New Health Equity Research Virtual Site Visit Features South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine

The AAMC has developed a new Health Equity Virtual Site Visit (VSV) to highlight the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine and the school’s approach to rural health care, community-integrated research, and programs to recruit Native American students into medicine. The VSV was established in 2014 to highlight outstanding health equity research portfolios at AAMC member institutions through videos, webinars, presentations, articles, and other resources. The Sanford School of Medicine was honored with the 2017 AAMC Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service. If you are interested in featuring your institution’s health equity work through a VSV, please email

New Webinar Recording! PCORI: Who We Are and What We Fund

On January 25, Dr. Steve Clauser, Director of the Healthcare Delivery and Disparities Research (HDDR) Program from PCORI, provided insider tips and recommendations for applying to the Cycle 1 2018 PCORI disparities funding announcement. The webinar gave an overview of priority topics for research, funding announcements, the application process, research partnerships and engagement, and the merit review process.
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Community Engagement, Precision Medicine, and Native Health

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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.

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

To view the complete Native Health toolkit and find more information about the Social Justice Community Engagement Toolkit, click here.

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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