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Urban Universities for HEALTH (Health Equity through Alignment, Leadership, and Transformation of the Health Workforce) aimed to enhance and expand a culturally sensitive, diverse, and prepared health workforce that improves health and reduces health disparities in urban communities.

About the Learning Collaborative

Urban Universities for HEALTH established a broad collaborative effort, engaging universities, national partners, federal agencies, and other stakeholders who share a commitment to health equity. Five demonstration sites worked together with a broader group of urban universities to pursue the partnership’s goals. 

The cohort included the following institutions:

  • Cleveland State University/Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Missouri Kansas City
  • University of New Mexico

These institutions captured local data and evaluated current strategies to drive workforce improvements in common areas across sites. Each site engaged a university-wide team including deans in nursing, medicine, dentistry, public health and allied health professions.

Tools, Resources, and Publications

The Urban Universities for HEALTH Metrics Toolkit is an interactive, web-based toolkit to help university leaders to measure efforts to build a diverse and culturally competent health and scientific workforce.

The Learning Collaborative Case Studies highlight best practices from the five demonstration sites using the strategies and measures in the Urban Universities for HEALTH Metrics Toolkit.

The Holistic Admissions in the Health Professions report is the first to examine the nationwide impact and use of holistic review—a university admissions process that assesses an applicant’s unique experiences alongside traditional measures of academic achievement such as grades and test scores—for students pursuing careers in the health professions. 

More Publications

This project was supported under a cooperative agreement from the NIH National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities through the Association of American Medical Colleges, grant number 1U24MD006960. Publication and report contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the AAMC, APLU, or the NIH NIMHD.

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