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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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New! Community Health Needs Assessment Resources for Member Teaching Hospitals

Not-for-profit teaching hospitals are required to conduct a community health needs assessment (CHNA) every three years. This collaborative process engages communities, public health experts, and clinical leaders to identify and intervene on the most important health needs in the local community.

The AAMC’s 2017 Health Equity Research Snapshot features seven videos of exemplary CHNA processes from across the country. A companion research brief  demonstrates how AAMC-member teaching hospitals are tackling social determinants of health like poverty, lack of transportation, and unemployment as part of their CHNA-related interventions. Finally, the AAMC urges community health improvement leaders to submit  their evidence-based community health improvement practices to our soon-to-launch collection of strategies. The collection will help community health leaders from across the country share their successes, connect with colleagues, and identify adaptable, evidence-based health programs that address their own communities’ needs.

These and other CHNA related resources can be accessed at

Share your effective community health improvement work!

Has your institution developed an innovative and effective community health improvement activity worth sharing? The AAMC launched an online collection of effective strategies that move our communities towards health and health care equity. Download a brief submission form  to have your program or project considered for inclusion. All submissions will be considered on a rolling basis.

AAMC AHEAD Cycle 4: Health Equity Systems Cohort

On February 23rd the AAMC hosted its first live-streamed workshop of 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.

The workshop included speakers from the VA, NIH, CMS, HRSA, and CDC among other national stakeholders. 

View the workshop presentations.
Download the site mapping tools.

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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
Lead Specialist, Health Equity Research and Policy