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Health Justice Research Agenda

Sept. 12, 2023
A Black woman looks up thoughtfully as she brainstorms using sticky notes on a glass wall with her colleagues in the background.

The AAMC Center for Health Justice is committed to using research to inform policies and practices that address systemic inequities and promote the vital conditions for all communities to thrive. To advance these efforts, we partnered with health equity scholars and community leaders from across the United States (AAMC CHARGE and the center’s Multisector Partner Group) to co-develop a health justice research agenda. Together, we will focus on three key areas:


Actions taken to acknowledge and remedy historic injustices and the intergenerational harms caused by slavery, segregation, systemic racism, and other human rights violations impacting descendants of enslaved people of African descent and other populations made marginalized. 


Actions taken to manage the distribution of resources in society to address structural income inequality and improve access to health care, education, property ownership, and economic security.

Civic Engagement

Engaging members of society in political and non-political activities to improve community conditions, quality of life, and social issues through mechanisms such as electoral participation, community activism, advocacy, and volunteering.