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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.

Research on Care Community Health Equity (ROCChe) Subgroup

About ROCChe

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. Areas of focus:

  • Approaches to jump start or enhance healthcare equity research in clinical environments.
  • Ways to connect health equity research to other existing health system and community-based efforts.
  • Strategies to increase resident/fellow education and engagement in clinical initiatives and research that address health care disparities. 

To join ROCChe, email with your name and contact information. ROCChe members receive our monthly Health Equity Research Update and bi-weekly health equity research bibliography.

New Webinar Recording! AAMC Data Resources and Future Opportunities

On December 10, 2018, AAMC staff presented on opportunities for ROCChe members 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 ROCChe members.
Watch the webinar

ROCChe Health Impact Assessment Initiative

On October 5, the AAMC hosted a meeting to explore the development of a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) function for ROCChe. HIAs are conducted to ensure that health and health inequities are considered in decision making using an objective, scientific approach and by engaging stakeholders in the process. For more information, visit

The meeting content included:

  • A review of current AAMC advocacy priorities and discussion of their potential impact on patient/community/population health
  • An overview of the Health Equity Leadership and Exchange Network (HELEN) and the exploration of potential ROCChe/HELEN collaborations in service of national health equity policy efforts
  • Methodological skills training in Health Impact Assessments

Watch the livestream recording
Download the presentation slides 

AAMC ROCC Health Equity Subgroup Virtual Meeting: Moving Electronic Health Records (EHRs) Upstream

On June 18th, the Research on Care Community, Health Equity (ROCChe) subgroup held a virtual meeting to learn about and discuss recent IOM and ONC recommendations to include social, behavioral and psychological (SBP) data in EHRs. Click here , to read a brief report  summarizing the presentations from the meeting.

The PowerPoint presentations and videos from the meeting can be found below.

AAMC Health Equity Research and Policy Overview, Philip M. Alberti, PhD

IOM Reports on Capturing Social and Behavioral Domains and Measures in EHRs; Implementation and Research Considerations, Patricia Brennan, RN, PhD, FAAN

Meaningful Use Stage 3 and Social, Behavioral, and Psychological data, Lori Mihalich-Levin, JD

Community Health Improvement Impact of SBP Data Collection at 2 AAMC-Member Institutions, Lessons Learned, Earle Chambers, PhD, MPH and Samantha Morton, JD

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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
Director, Health Equity Research Workforce