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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

In 2014, ROCChe was created to be 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. Our group now has more than 400 participants from medical schools and teaching hospitals – and their multi-sector partners - across the country. 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 gather the input from ROCChe participants about ways AAMC can provide support, we created and disseminated a ROCChe Program Planning and Development Survey  in June 2018. Learn more about ROCChe participants' research interests, interest in potential AAMC offerings, and proposals for future webinar topics. View the survey results 

Join ROCChe by emailing with your name and contact information. ROCChe members receive our monthly Health Equity Research Update.

ROCChe Policy and Advocacy Work

ROCChe participants contributed to two comment letters focused on social risk factors.

The AAMC on November 29 responded to a CMS Call for Public Comments regarding hospital outcome measurement for patients with SRFs. The comments are intended to help inform their current work on developing and evaluating new methodologies to report readmission rates by patient SRF (e.g., race, dual eligibility status). Click here  to read the full letter.

The AAMC on November 16 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 social risk factors (SRF). Click here to read  the full letter.

Webinar Recording Available- 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, 2017 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, 2015 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 requested by emailing

Health Equity Topics


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