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AAMC AHEAD

AAMC AHEAD

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.

AAMC Collaborative for Health Equity: Act, Research, Generate Evidence (CHARGE)

About AAMC CHARGE

The AAMC Collaborative for Health Equity: Act, Research, Generate Evidence (CHARGE) brings together investigators, clinicians, and community partners so that they may learn, share, and improve upon the design, conduct, and implementation of research that aims to eliminate inequities in health and health care. More than 400 professionals from medical schools and teaching hospitals from across the country—plus medical school and teaching hospital multi-sector partners—participate in AAMC CHARGE.

AAMC CHARGE participants spark action by:

  • Collaborating on grant applications
  • Partnering to develop and publish commentaries and systematic reviews
  • Advancing AAMC’s and their institutions’ advocacy by contributing to comment letters 

Join AAMC CHARGE by emailing healthequityresearch@aamc.org with your name, institution, title, and contact information. Participants will also receive our monthly newsletter, Health Equity Research Update.

The 2019 Health Equity Call for Research: AAMC Consumer Survey of Health Care Accesis now live!

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is soliciting research proposals for access to never-before publicly available data from the multi-year AAMC Consumer Survey of Health Care Access.

Participants of the AAMC Collaborative for Health Equity: Act, Research, Generate Evidence (CHARGE) are encouraged to submit proposals that pose cutting-edge research questions which can facilitate solutions to health and health care disparities. Three to five researchers / research teams will receive unrestricted access to the Consumer Survey data (for up to 12 months), which provides demographic and contextual health information for a nationally representative sample of over 2000 respondents. Upon completion of studies and remittance of summary findings, AAMC will consider additional platforms for researchers to present their findings (e.g. webinars, conference travel awards).

2019 HE Call for Research Webinar

Download the full Call for Research RFP . AAMC hosted an informational webinar on June 18th to discuss the application process, key dates, review criteria, and more. The recording is now available. Applications are being accepted until July 24th.

To join AAMC CHARGE and become eligible to submit a proposal, please email healthequityresearch@aamc.org with your name, title, and organization.

The Latest AAMC CHARGE Policy and Advocacy Work

On May 9, 2019, the AAMC submitted comments to the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee in support of the joint proposal from UnitedHealthcare and the American Medical Association to expand existing ICD-10-CM codes to better capture additional data on the social determinants of health (SDOH) to drive better care, patient engagement, and more equitable outcomes.

On November 29, 2018, the AAMC responded to a CMS Call for Public Comments  regarding hospital outcome measurement for patients with social risk factors (SRF). The comments are intended to help inform CMS’ current work on developing and evaluating new methodologies to report readmission rates by patient SRF (e.g., race, dual eligibility status).

On November 16, 2018, the AAMC submitted a letter to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)  in response to the agency’s Request for Information on provider and health plan approaches to improve care for Medicare beneficiaries with SRF.

Recorded Webinar Available- AAMC Data Resources and Future Opportunities

On December 10, 2018, AAMC staff highlighted opportunities for AAMC CHARGE participants to access AAMC data sets for research. The presenters gave an overview of AAMC's data and analysis practices, including examples of currently administered surveys and recently published reports, as well as an introduction to the AAMC Consumer Access Survey which will be the focus of a future call for proposals open to AAMC CHARGE.
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Health Equity Topics


AAMC CHARGE

The AAMC Collaborative for Health Equity: Act, Research, Generate Evidence (CHARGE) brings together investigators, clinicians, and community partners so that they may learn, share, and improve upon the design, conduct, and implementation of research that aims to eliminate inequities 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
palberti@aamc.org

Karey M. Sutton, PhD
Director, Health Equity Research Workforce
ksutton@aamc.org 

Funmi Makinde, MPH, CHES
Health Equity Research Analyst
omakinde@aamc.org

Sarah Piepenbrink
Program Specialist
spiepenbrink@aamc.org