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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.

Community Engagement Toolkits

Drawing on thought-provoking sessions from Learn Serve Lead: The AAMC Annual Meeting, the AAMC developed toolkits to help institutions engage their academic and local communities in dialogue to identify actions individuals or institutions can take to move communities toward health and health care equity.

If you have any questions or want to share details about your institution’s experience with the toolkits, please email

Social Justice Behind and Beyond the Bars: Criminal Justice, Health, and Academic Medicine

Social Justice 1The 2018 AAMC Social Justice Behind and Beyond the Bars: Criminal Justice Health and Academic Medicine Toolkit features videos, resources, discussion questions that community members and academic health centers can use to:

  • Understand the critical issues in Correctional Health
  • Understand the role of policy and the social determinants of health in creating and perpetuating mass incarceration and health inequities among criminal justice populations
  • Understand the role of academic medical centers in the provision of health care, education, and the conduct of research to improve the health and well-being of criminal justice-involved populations

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Community Engagement, Precision Medicine, and Native Health

PMI video 1The 2017 AAMC Community Engagement Toolkit features presentations, discussion questions, and interviews with 17 urban dwelling Native Americans that academic health centers can use to engage their communities in dialogue about the perceived risks and benefits of participating in the NIH All of Us Research Program and other research efforts.  The All of Us Research Program was designed to deploy genetic, clinical, behavioral, and social data to deliver the right treatment to the right patient at the right time.

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Communities, Social Justice, and Academic Medical Centers

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Recent events in Baltimore and elsewhere have rekindled the ongoing national dialogue about social injustice. Let’s continue the conversation we started at Learn Serve Lead 2015: The AAMC Annual Meeting and develop concrete actions that an individual, an institution, or the AAMC can take to address social determinants and health inequities. 

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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