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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
New - Health Equity Systems Cohort Announced!
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. To ensure these community- and patient-health promoting actions are coordinated and effective, the AAMC is hosting a multi-year series of meetings to map participating institutions’ community health-focused activities into coordinated systems, and subsequently evaluate impacts for patients, communities, learners and the institutions themselves.
After a competitive application process, the AAMC has selected 8 institutions to participate in our Health Equity Systems Cohort:
- Eastern Virginia Medical School
- Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
- MedStar Health
- University of Mississippi Medical Center
- University of Rochester Medical Center
- Vanderbilt University Medical Center
- Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
- Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD Medical School
To learn more, download tools, and to join the Health Equity Systems Virtual Cohort, click here.
AAMC Webinar Highlights Efforts to Diversify Biomedical Research Workforce
The AAMC’s Research on Care Community Health Equity hosted 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 participated and learned about becoming involved in these efforts as mentors or mentees. Click to view slides or watch the webinar recording.
Toolkit: Communities, Social Justice and Academic Medical Centers
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
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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