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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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Learn about AAMC medical research initiatives and publications.

Health Equity Research and Policy

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New AAMC AHEAD-Donaghue Grant Opportunity

The AAMC and The Patrick Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation have partnered to offer Advancing Implementation Science in Community/Academic Partnered Research , an opportunity for academic medical centers to collaboratively engage in research that has the potential for near-term impact to improve population health outcomes. The research should facilitate collaborations among researchers, community organizations, and health system leaders.
For more information, download the RFP. Proposals are due October 16, 2015.

Information about the 2013 AAMC/Donaghue partnership Advancing Effectiveness Research and Implementation Science in Our Own Backyards is also available.

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.

The PowerPoint presentations and videos from the meeting can be found below.

AAMC Health Equity Research and Policy Overview, Philip M. Alberti, PhD

IOM Reports on Capturing Social and Behavioral Domains and Measures in EHRs; Implementation and Research Considerations, Patricia Brennan, RN, PhD, FAAN

Meaningful Use Stage 3 and Social, Behavioral, and Psychological data, Lori Mihalich-Levin, JD

Community Health Improvement Impact of SBP Data Collection at 2 AAMC-Member Institutions, Lessons Learned, Earle Chambers, PhD, MPH and Samantha Morton, JD

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.

2015 AAMC Health Equity Research Snapshot

The 2015 AAMC Health Equity Research Snapshot highlights seven federally funded research projects underway at AAMC-member institutions that aim to identify solutions to systematic and avoidable inequities in mental health and health care. Various influences including genetic, familial, cultural and environmental factors contribute to group differences in the prevalence of mental illness and the outcomes of treatment.  These seven projects were selected to demonstrate how research at every stage – from genetics to health policy research – contributes to closing or narrowing gaps in mental health and health care.

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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