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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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AAMC Webinar Highlights Efforts to Diversify Biomedical Research Workforce

The AAMC’s Research on Care Community Health Equity subgroup invites you to a webinar highlighting efforts by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to increase diversity among the biomedical research workforce. Jamboor Vishwanatha, PhD, University of North Texas Health Science Center, and Keith Norris, MD, PhD, University of California Los Angeles, will discuss the work of the BUILD (Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity) initiative and the National Research Mentoring Network. Medical students, faculty, and researchers are encouraged to participate and learn about becoming involved in these efforts as mentors or mentees. Registration is required.

Click here to register.

Health Equity Programming at AAMC’s 2016 Learn Serve Lead Meeting 

This year, Learn Serve Lead will feature nearly two dozen sessions of interest to health equity and community health scholars and practitioners.  From the involvement of Native Americans in the Precision Medicine Initiative, to deploying Telehealth to meet the needs of underserved populations, attendees from across the country will have an opportunity to engage in a conversation vital to our field, our teams, and the patients and communities we serve.

For a complete list of health equity-related programming, click here .

To register for Learn Serve Lead and to view a full agenda, visit:  Learn Serve Lead 2016:  The AAMC Annual Meeting

New AAMC Health Equity Virtual Site Visit (VSV)

A new AAMC Health Equity Virtual Site Visit (VSV) highlights Duke Health and the institution’s approach to health equity, including the Duke Center for Community and Population Health Improvement. The center was established to address and improve health equity through clinical service, research, education, and community engagement. Developed in 2014 to highlight the outstanding portfolio of health-equity research at AAMC-member institutions, each VSV incorporates videos, webinars, presentations, journal articles, and other resources that reflect the innovative research, curricula, and care delivery at the featured institution. To inquire about being included in a future VSV, email

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

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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.

New Health Equity Research Literature

Regularly updated health equity research literature.

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