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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.

Building a Systems Approach to Community Health and Health Equity

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. Ten interprofessional academic medical center teams have committed to convene over a three-year period to accomplish the following:

  • Comprehensively account for all community-relevant activities at their institution; create a 'systems map'
  • Identify element(s) of systems to implement; identify stakeholders and develop metrics that matter to them
  • Build evidence of impact; develop and execute a dissemination strategy

Registration Open! “Health Equity Systems” Livestream

For three years, 9 AAMC member institutions have engaged in an effort to “Build a Systems Approach to Community Health and Health Equity for Academic Medical Centers.” Join us on June 20th from 9 - 11:15 AM EST for the cohort's final in-person meeting, themed “Communication for Sustainability.” REGISTER

Following brief presentations from each of the 9 teams, a reactor panel will provide feedback and discuss how community health leaders can more successfully ‘pitch’ their work for sustainable funding beyond ‘the next grant.'

Panelists:

  • Dr. Kurt Newman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Children’s National Health System
  • U. Michael Currie, SVP and Chief Health Equity Officer, UnitedHealth Group
  • Alison Rein, Senior Director Health and Human Services team, Quantified Ventures
  • Chip Roberts (moderator), AVP for Development, University of Central Florida College of Medicine

Year 3 | Data Collection and Dissemination


Tools and Resources

Year 2 | Logic Models and Metrics

On March 8, 2018, teams from 10 academic health centers from across the country gathered to continue their efforts to build a systems approach to community health and health equity. In the 18 months prior, the teams identified and mapped their cross-mission community health work, and identified changes they could make to create a more efficient, engaged, and impactful system.


Progress Reports

Tools and Resources

Year 1 | Delineation and Mapping

On February 23, 2017 the AAMC hosted its first live-streamed workshop of a multi-year series of meetings to map participating institutions’ community health-focused activities into coordinated systems, and subsequently evaluate impacts for patients, communities, learners and the institutions themselves. The workshop included speakers from the VA, NIH, CMS, HRSA, and CDC among other national stakeholders.


In-Person Meeting

Progress Reports

Tools and Resources

Funding for this conference was made possible [in part] by grant 1R13 HS22520-01A1 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government; additional support for this conference was provided by Cooperative Agreement Number 1 NU36OE000007-01, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.

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