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For all communities to have the same opportunity to be healthy, we need to reach beyond medical care and change structures and systems to improve the political, economic, and social factors that drive health inequities 

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The AAMC Center for Health Justice advances intentional, community-engaged research, policy, and programs that contribute to health justice. 

Publications

Evaluating the Efficacy of Medical-Legal Partnerships that Address Social Determinants of Health
This paper published in Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action describes the work undertaken by the Accelerating Health Equity, Advancing through Discovery initiative established through a grant provided by the AAMC and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The initiative develops evaluation tools for community health partnerships to improve social determinants of health, health system savings, and learner outcomes.

National Quality Forum: Social Risk Trial Report
The Center for Health Justice contributed to this report from the National Quality Forum. It summarizes findings and recommendations from a five-year study of the impact of including social risk factors in the development and implementation of health systems’ quality improvement measures.

Testimony and Correspondence

On March 30, 2022, the AAMC Center for Health Justice responded to a request for information from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on digital technologies' impact on community and individual health and health equity. The center recommended extending telehealth services and accessibility and increasing collaboration with other federal agencies, community organizations, and patients.

On November 19, 2021, the AAMC submitted comments to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) on Nov. 19 in response to the institute’s request for information to advise on a potential new funding initiative to inform the science of engagement. The AAMC encouraged the institute to prioritize partnerships, stakeholder engagement, community collaborations, and trust-building throughout the research process. 

On September 20, 2021, the Center for Health Justice submitted comments to the Congressional Social Determinants of Health Caucus to identify resources, challenges, and opportunities for Congress related to the economic and social conditions that impact the health and wellness of communities in the United States. The center proposed opportunities for alignment across federal programs and agencies, best practices, and transformative actions for improving health equity.

On July 2, 2021, the Center for Health Justice submitted comments to the Office of Management and Budget in response to a request for information on methods and leading practices for advancing equity and support for underserved communities through government. The center recommended implementing engagement strategies for diverse stakeholders and specific ways that agencies could increase coordination, communication, and engagement with community-based and civil rights organizations.