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
AAMC Maternal Health Equity Webinar Series
This series highlights the unique role of academic medicine in the fight for maternal health justice and features physicians, community leaders, and researchers who are committed to eliminating these inequities.
AAMC Consumer Survey of Health Care Access: A Virtual Research Symposium
The first AAMC Health Equity Call for Research in 2019 granted unrestricted access to multi-year, never-before available data from the AAMC Consumer Survey of Health Care Access. The four research teams presented their preliminary findings during an April 29 webinar.
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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.