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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.

Health Equity Research and Policy

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The 2019 Health Equity Call for Research: AAMC Consumer Survey of Health Care Access is now live!

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is soliciting research proposals for access to never-before publicly available data from the multi-year AAMC Consumer Survey of Health Care Access.

Participants of the AAMC Collaborative for Health Equity: Act, Research, Generate Evidence (CHARGE) are encouraged to submit proposals that pose cutting-edge research questions which can facilitate solutions to health and health care disparities. Three to five researchers / research teams will receive unrestricted access to the Consumer Survey data (for up to 12 months), which provides demographic and contextual health information for a nationally representative sample of over 2000 respondents. Upon completion of studies and remittance of summary findings, AAMC will consider additional platforms for researchers to present their findings (e.g. webinars, conference travel awards).

To learn more about this Call for Research, JOIN US for an informational webinar on June 18th, 2019 at 1:00 pm ET as we discuss the application process, key dates, review criteria, and more. Download the full Call for Research RFP . Applications are being accepted until July 24th.  

To join AAMC CHARGE and become eligible to submit a proposal, please email with your name, title, and organization.

Registration Open! “Health Equity Systems” Livestream

For three years, 9 AAMC member institutions have engaged in an effort to “Build a Systems Approach to Community Health and Health Equity for Academic Medical Centers.” Join us on June 20th from 9 - 11:15 AM EST for the cohort's final in-person meeting, themed “Communication for Sustainability”. REGISTER

Following brief presentations from each of the 9 teams, a reactor panel will provide feedback and discuss how community health leaders can more successfully ‘pitch’ their work for sustainable funding beyond ‘the next grant.'

  • Dr. Kurt Newman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Children’s National Health System

  • U. Michael Currie, SVP and Chief Health Equity Officer, UnitedHealth Group

  • Alison Rein, Senior Director Health and Human Services team, Quantified Ventures

  • Chip Roberts (moderator), AVP for Development, University of Central Florida College of Medicine

Webinar Recording Available-"Does Diversity Matter for Health? Experimental Evidence from Oakland."

On April 25th, the AAMC hosted a webinar focusing on the effects of diversity in health care among African American men. The webinar featured a discussion with Dr. Owen Garrick, President and CEO of Bridge Clinical Research about his work, “Does Diversity Matter for Health? Experimental Evidence from Oakland.

New Academic Medicine Commentary! Shifting Academic Health Centers From a Culture of Community Service to Community Engagement and Integration

Historically, academic health centers’ (AHCs) community engagement has been limited, and reliant on students and faculty personally interested in service. This “service orientation” will not meet the new demands of population health, shifts to value-based payment models, research funder requirements for community engagement, and expectations that medical education focus more on the social determinants. Instead, what is needed is a coordinated, enterprise-wide approach to community engagement that views communities as assets and partners who can help AHCs meet these new demands and not as people in need of service. This Commentary details how AHCs can move to “community integration” and the value such an approach will have for communities and the AHC itself. Read the commentary.

Research: Changes in Teaching Hospitals’ Community Benefit Spending After Implementation of the Affordable Care Act

A new analysis published in Academic Medicine shows that major teaching hospitals spent over $3 billion more on community benefit in 2015 than in 2012—an increase of more than 20%. The study also highlights differences in changes to community benefit spending between hospitals in states that chose to expand Medicaid coverage and those that did not.
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Community Engagement Toolkit--Social Justice Behind and Beyond the Bars: Criminal Justice Health and Academic Medicine

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We encourage you to use the Social Justice Behind and Beyond the Bars: Criminal Justice Health and Academic Medicine toolkit to learn about the unique needs and inequities faced by the currently and formerly incarcerated and their families, and what Academic Medicine – across its research, education, clinical and diversity and inclusion missions – is and could be doing to improve the health and well-being for this community.

The 2018 Social Justice Behind and Beyond the Bars: Criminal Justice, Health, and Academic Medicine toolkit features resources, discussion questions, and a series of videos which explore how being currently incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, or having an incarcerated family member affects one’s health and well-being.

For more information and to view other Community Engagement Toolkits, visit

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The AAMC Collaborative for Health Equity: Act, Research, Generate Evidence (CHARGE) brings together investigators, clinicians, and community partners so that they may learn, share, and improve upon the design, conduct, and implementation of research that aims to eliminate inequities 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
Director, Health Equity Research Workforce 

Funmi Makinde, MPH, CHES
Health Equity Research Analyst

Sarah Piepenbrink
Program Specialist