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AAMC CHARGE Investigates—A Call for Research

Feb. 5, 2024

Application Deadline: March 4, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. ET

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Except for the COVID-19 pandemic and the health equity issues it highlighted, the link between public opinion and health equity topics remains largely unexplored as other more traditional sources of information (health surveys and databases, administrative data, census etc.) are used for health equity research. The inclusion of the public’s opinion in health equity research is vital, as opinions influence and are influenced by the norms and policies through which we carry out our lives.

The AAMC Center for Health Justice conducts regular nationally representative polling to ask the public about health equity issues. Prior polls have asked respondents about health and civic engagement, birth experiences, trustworthiness of institutions, and more. If you could ask the public about any health equity topic, what would you like to know?

AAMC CHARGE answered: With your input, we designed a multi-topic poll and surveyed a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults. The results are now in, and AAMC CHARGE members are invited to apply for access to the polling data so they can conduct their own research for evidence-based solutions to achieve health equity.

Applicants should submit a health equity-focused research proposal with research questions that can be answered using data from the AAMC CHARGE Investigates—A Call for Research dataset described below. The proposed studies should produce innovative, actionable, relevant research that uses the available data to answer important health equity-focused questions and inform health policy.

Team Selection

Eligible teams will consist of three to five members. Team members may be professional researchers, academic medicine instructors, medical providers, faculty, nonacademic professionals, or community members. This opportunity is open to AAMC CHARGE members.

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Data Access

Up to five selected research teams will be given access to data at no cost to the selected teams. Data will be shared via secure electronic file transfer, and selected teams will be required to sign a data-use agreement with the AAMC prior to receiving the data. Access to the dataset will be provided for 24 months. Upon completion of studies and remittance of summary findings to the AAMC, the AAMC will consider support for researchers to present their findings on additional platforms, such as webinars or conferences.

About the Data 

Selected teams will be provided with access to data from a nationally representative public opinion poll of 6,748 U.S. adults conducted online between Oct. 18 and Oct. 27, 2023. The survey instrument used for the poll includes 25 items across five subtopics.

86% of U.S. adults agree that every community deserves an equal opportunity. 14% disagree.to be healthy.

Concepts of Health Equity and Health Justice

  • Support for health equity 
  • Factors that contribute to healthy communities 
  • Barriers to accessing care
  • Ease of access based on types of care
About 1 in 5 (17%) adults think mental health and stress are top child health concerns.

Child Health Equity

  • Identification of the most pressing child health issues

Financial Equity

  • Perceived financial security
  • COVID-19 impacts on financial security
70% of adults believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts should explicitly include people with disabilities.

Disability Equity

  • Access to essential services
  • Perceived trustworthiness of public institutions

See the Codebook to learn more about the data

How to Apply

Applicants must submit a brief proposal online that describes the research questions, timeline, methods, and potential impact through the online application portal. 

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Key Dates and Deadlines

Date Deadline
Feb. 5, 2024 Application opens
Feb. 15, 2024, 2 p.m. ET Informational webinar
March 4, 2024, 11:59 p.m. ET Application closes
March 21, 2024 Selected teams notified
May 1, 2024 - April 30, 2026 Access to data

Questions and Assistance

AAMC CHARGE

The center held an informational webinar on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024, at 2 p.m. ET to explain the application process and expectations for participation, and to address applicants' questions. 

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Please contact us with any questions and include the subject line “AAMC CHARGE Investigates—A Call for Research.”