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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 Toolkit: Communities, Social Justice and Academic Medical Centers

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Recent events in Baltimore and elsewhere have rekindled the ongoing national dialogue about social injustice.  Let’s continue the conversation we started at Learn Serve Lead 2015: The AAMC Annual Meeting and develop concrete actions that an individual, an institution, or the AAMC can take to address social determinants and health inequities.  We encourage you to use this toolkit to engage your institution and the communities it serves to explore how your clinical, research and education missions can improve community health and close health and health care gaps.

If you have any questions or want to share details about your institution’s experience with the toolkit, please email

New Health Equity Collection Available on MedEdPORTAL

As part of its commitment to increasing the capacity of medical schools and teaching hospitals to create solutions to health inequity and health care gaps, the AAMC has created a health equity collection on MedEdPORTAL. This collection features videos, webinars, presentations, articles, and other health equity resources, and is the online destination for identifying, developing, and sharing resources for medical students, resident trainees, and faculty on health equity-related topics. The AAMC seeks submissions of best practices and continuing education focused on the competencies and skills needed to provide comprehensive care for underserved populations. Click here to learn more or to submit resources to the collection.

AAMC ROCC Health Equity Subgroup Virtual Meeting: Moving Electronic Health Records (EHRs) Upstream

On June 18th, the Research on Care Community, Health Equity (ROCChe) subgroup held a virtual meeting to learn about and discuss recent IOM and ONC recommendations to include social, behavioral and psychological (SBP) data in EHRs. Click here , to read a brief report  summarizing the presentations from the meeting.

To join ROCChe, email with your name and contact information. ROCChe members receive our monthly Health Equity Research Update and bi-weekly health equity research bibliography.

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Contact Health Equity Research and Policy Staff

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

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