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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 AHEAD Cycle 3:  Interprofessional Student Hotspotting Learning Collaborative

The AAMC has joined with the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers and Primary Care Progress to launch the third year of the Interprofessional Student Hotspotting Learning Collaborative. In this six month project, participants from 10 schools will learn from pioneers in hotspotting on how to identify patients in communities with multiple complex health conditions who are high-utilizers of care. The program will allow participants to better understand the root cause of their patients' health care issues and how socio-demographic factors may play a role. The deadline for receipt of all applications is Friday, April 29, 2016. Final notifications will be sent by Friday, May 20, 2016.

For more information, please visit the Interprofessional Student Hotspotting Learning Collaborative website.

AAMC-Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Webinar

On February 29th, the AAMC’s Research on Care Community, Health Equity subgroup (ROCChe) hosted a webinar led by David M. Krol MD, MPH, FAAP of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Dr. Krol discussed four new change leadership programs designed by RWJF to build a culture of health and promote health equity by addressing disparities and combating the effects of racism and poverty. The webinar also explored the unique design of each of the four programs, including the intended audiences and funding opportunities available.  Below are the Dr. Krol’s PowerPoint slides  and the recording of the webinar.

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 Research Virtual Site Visit

The AAMC has launched a new Health Equity Research Virtual Site Visit highlighting four research projects at UC Davis School of Medicine, including the Solano County Behavioral Health Innovation Plan, the Latino Aging Research Resource Center, the Mothers’ Wisdom project to increase breast cancer screening among American Indian women, and an initiative with the Asian American Center on Disparities Research.   Virtual Site Visits feature videos, articles, presentations, and other resources that reflect the cutting edge research, novel curricula, and innovative care delivery that can contribute to the evidence base of solutions to health and health care disparities.

To learn more, visit  To inquire about your institution being featured in an upcoming collection, email us at

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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