Health Equity Research and Policy
Health and health care inequities are deeply rooted in the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age.
Medical schools and teaching hospitals play a singular role in ensuring all people have the same opportunity to reach their full potential—a state of health equity. As pioneers in research and clinical best practices, these institutions create the evidence base that makes the case for policies, partnerships, and practices that facilitate health equity.
Build your medical school’s and teaching hospital’s capacity to improve the health of all. The following funding and training opportunities, case studies and best practices, and solutions-focused research initiatives offer AAMC member institutions a “how-to” guide for moving their communities—and the nation—toward health equity.
How the AAMC Defines Health and Health Care Inequity
A measurable, systemic, avoidable, and unjust difference in health between groups, stemming from differences in levels of social advantage and disadvantage.
Health Care Inequity
A measurable, systemic, avoidable, and unjust difference in health care access, utilization, quality, and outcomes between groups, stemming from differences in levels of social advantage and disadvantage.
What's New in Health Equity Research and Policy
Health-Related Social Needs and Increased Readmission Rates
A new paper in the Journal of General Internal Medicine examined ICD-10 Z-codes to demonstrate the need for interventions to reduce readmissions for those at social risk and to inform community benefit investments.
Racism and Health: A Reading List
The AAMC has developed a collection of research articles and books that describe how racism affects health and well-being and offer a starting place for further exploration.
Resources and Toolkits
Explore research and resources focused on partnering with communities to improve local health and address health inequities.
Drawing on sessions from Learn Serve Lead: The AAMC Annual Meeting, these toolkits help institutions engage their academic and local communities in dialogue to move communities toward health and health care equity.