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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 Latest AAMC CHARGE Policy and Advocacy Work

On August 12, 2019 the AAMC submitted a comment letter to the HHS’ Office of Civil Rights  that called for the withdrawal of its proposed changes to Section 1557 regulations because if the proposal is finalized it would eliminate all protections for transgender Americans as well as some for those with limited English proficiency.  Section 1557 is intended to provide individuals with broad protections, ensuring that “an individual shall not . . . be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under, any health care program or activity that is administered by an Executive Agency or any entity established under this title…“.

On August 6, 2019 the AAMC sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration  on the agency’s request for information regarding the draft guidance Enhancing the Diversity of Clinical Trial Populations-Eligibility Criteria, Enrollment Practices, and Trial Designs. We offered comments regarding ways to broaden clinical trial eligibility requirements, improve clinical trial enrollment and retention, and use community engagement methods to increase patient participation.

On August 5, 2019 the AAMC sent a letter to the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)  to inform the development of the National Research Strategy for the President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End the National Tragedy of Suicide.  AAMC offered recommendations to improve the ability to identify individual veterans and groups of veterans at greater risk of suicide and to develop public-private collaboration models to foster innovative and effective research.  

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
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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