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Health Equity Research and Policy

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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

Health 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

To Design Equitable Value-Based Payment Systems, We Must Adjust For Social Risk

A new blog post in Health Affairs, authored by AAMC Health Equity Research and Policy Senior Director Philip Alberti, explains why risk adjustment for social needs helps advance quality and health equity.

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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.

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Community Engagement

Resources and Toolkits
 

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Explore research and resources focused on partnering with communities to improve local health and address health inequities.

Doctor talking to mother and son at community outreach program

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.

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Research Snapshots and Virtual Site Visits
 

Our Health Equity Research Snapshots spotlight outstanding health equity research activities at AAMC-member institutions.

Our Health Equity Virtual Site Visits highlight exceptional health equity research portfolios at AAMC-member institutions.

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