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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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Health Equity Submits Two Comment Letters Focused on Social Risk Factors

The AAMC on November 29 responded to  a CMS Call for Public Comments regarding hospital outcome measurement for patients with SRFs. The comments are intended to help inform their current work on developing and evaluating new methodologies to report readmission rates by patient SRF (e.g., race, dual eligibility status). In its letter, the AAMC strongly urged CMS to rethink its current strategy, since the proposed methods and selected risk factors could undermine the ability to isolate true disparities in care quality. Click here  to read the full letter.

The AAMC on November 16 submitted a letter to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in response to the agency’s Request for Information on provider and health plan approaches to improve care for Medicare beneficiaries with social risk factors (SRF). The letter, informed by the experiences of AAMC member institutions, provides recommendations about how to best collect and measure data on social risk factors to improve care for patients and promote community health and health equity. Click here , to read the full letter.

New 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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New Health Equity Research Snapshot: Centers for Disease Control Prevention Research Centers

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AAMC partnered with seven of our member institutions to present their exemplary community-partnered research efforts supported by CDC-funded Prevention Research Centers (PRCs). Watch the Snapshot videos to learn how these seven PRCs have positively impacted the health and well-being of their local communities.

New 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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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
Director, Health Equity Research Workforce