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AAMC AHEAD. Accelerating Health Equity, Advancing through Discovery

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.

Registration Open! “Health Equity Systems” Livestream

For three years, 9 AAMC member institutions have engaged in an effort to “Build a Systems Approach to Community Health and Health Equity for Academic Medical Centers.” Join us on June 20th from 9 - 11:15 AM EST for the cohort's final in-person meeting, themed “Communication for Sustainability”. REGISTER

Following brief presentations from each of the 9 teams, a reactor panel will provide feedback and discuss how community health leaders can more successfully ‘pitch’ their work for sustainable funding beyond ‘the next grant.'

  • Dr. Kurt Newman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Children’s National Health System

  • U. Michael Currie, SVP and Chief Health Equity Officer, UnitedHealth Group

  • Alison Rein, Senior Director Health and Human Services team, Quantified Ventures

  • Chip Roberts (moderator), AVP for Development, University of Central Florida College of Medicine

AAMC Health Equity Systems Year 2 Progress Reports

PowerPoint slide image On the afternoons of July 12 and 13, teams from 10 academic health centers from across the country presented recent activities, successes, and challenges experienced in their work to coordinate community health activities across their institutions, strengthen partnerships throughout their communities, and address local health inequities.

Session 1 Presentations | Session 2 Presentations

MLP Cohort Learner and Patient Community Surveys

The AAMC AHEAD Medical-Legal Partnership Learner Survey assesses the impact of various types of educational activities regarding medical-legal partnerships and the social determinants of health on student, resident, and/or fellow outcomes.  The survey specifically examines changes in knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors before and after the educational intervention.  The survey design supports the evaluation of four Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) and six General Physician Competencies.  It is designed for broad applicability across different educational intervention models/intensities including other health professional learners.  It also serves as a core set of questions institutions can add to in order to create a survey instrument that is particularly relevant to their learner populations, stakeholders, and context. Download the survey .

The AAMC AHEAD Medical-Legal Partnership Patient and Community Health Survey assesses the impact of legal interventions on a patient’s perception of his/her health and the quality of services received from a medical-legal partnership.  The survey is administered before the legal intervention and thirty days after a case is closed. Specific administration instructions for the pre and post surveys are described in detail. It is designed for broad applicability across different intervention models and serves as a foundation upon which other institutions can build a survey instrument relevant to their patient population and community context. Download the survey .

AAMC AHEAD Cycle 4: Health Equity Systems Cohort

On February 23 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.

AAMC AHEAD Cycle 1: Medical-Legal Partnerships Grantees Announced

After a competitive award process, AAMC has selected three member institutions to participate in the AAMC AHEAD initiative. Children’s National Health System-Healthy Together-Children’s Law Center; Emory University School of Medicine-Health Law Partnership; and Indiana University School of Medicine-Eskenazi Health Medical-Legal Partnership

Over the next three years, these medical-legal partnerships (MLPs) will collaboratively develop and implement metrics to evaluate the impact of their MLPs on:

  • Patient and community health; health inequities
  • Cost savings, institutional benefits, and efficiencies
  • Student, resident, and/or fellow educational outcomes

The goal is to assist established medical-legal partnerships at AAMC-member institutions with developing and disseminating a body of evidence that measures the impact of their Medical-Legal Partnerships (MLP) on health inequities at the local level. These AAMC-member institutions will comprise a learning cohort that will collectively create a body of evidence concerning the effectiveness of MLP practices. The AAMC will facilitate the dissemination and spread of this body of evidence to other member institutions via webinars and various AAMC communication vehicles to highlight effective practices.

Cycle 1 Update
During the first year of the three-year grant period, the MLP cohort worked to develop specific outcomes, metrics, and measures that they will use to prospectively evaluate the impact of the three MLPs across the domains. To guide their measurement, the cohort developed a logic model to lay out how their MLP activity will affect learners, patients, and the health system in the short, medium, and long term.
Medical-Legal Partnership Logic Model 

AAMC AHEAD 2015: Medical-Legal Partnerships is supported by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Cooperative Agreement Number U36 OE000002-03 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services.

AAMC AHEAD Cycle 2: Advancing Implementation Science in Community/Academic Partnered Research

The AAMC and The Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 funding opportunity Advancing Implementation Science in Community/Academic Partnered Research.  Researchers were asked to develop proposals highlighting collaboration between academic health centers and community partners focused on prioritized needs identified through the medical center's Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The following two projects were selected:

Title: Community Academic Partnerships to Improve Birth Outcomes
Principal Investigator: Wendy Gwirtzman Lane, M.D., M.P.H.
Institution: University of Maryland School of Medicine

Title: Reducing the Lung Cancer Burden in Northeast Kentucky through an Academic/Community Partnership: A Terminate Lung Cancer (TLC) Study
Principal Investigator: Roberto Cardarelli, D.O., M.P.H.
Institution: University of Kentucky College of Medicine

AAMC AHEAD Cycle 3:  Interprofessional Student Hotspotting Learning Collaborative

The AAMC, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, Primary Care Progress, and the Council on Social Work Education have issued a call for applicants for the Interprofessional Student Hotspotting Learning Collaborative. The annual, six-month program trains interdisciplinary teams of students from schools around the country to apply a patient-centered approach to working with individuals with complex medical and social needs. The rolling admissions begins February 24, 2017. The final deadline is April 28, 2017.

Health Equity Research and Policy

Achieving a state where all people have the same opportunity to attain their full health potential—a state of health equity—will require solutions discovered through the full spectrum of research and collaborative efforts from all sectors of society.

Public Heath Initiatives

Improving the integration of public health concepts into medical education and seeking to enhance and expand a diverse and culturally prepared health workforce.

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.