Who We Are and What We Do
Everyone has the right to live the healthiest life possible — though this is still not the reality for people in far too many communities.
Giving every community an equitable chance at being healthy means looking beyond medical care alone. There are persistent political, economic, and social inequities and injustices that affect all the sectors that serve our communities and have a disproportionate impact on the health of marginalized communities. These sectors range from education and transportation to urban planning and environmental health. Achieving health justice means digging up the common roots of these injustices — including racism, classism, and misogyny — and making sure our policies are oriented toward equity.
The AAMC Center for Health Justice is a space to come out of our siloes and work together. We cannot achieve health equity by working alone. The AAMC is committed to partnering with other organizations, community leaders, and community members to develop this important effort. We will build authentic collaborations and an aligned agenda for better health, ensuring all voices in a community are heard.
We believe that the process — how we work with communities — is just as important as the product that comes out of this work. That is what makes this different. That is what will make a difference. Taken separately, we are diverse sectors and individuals. Working together, we are a movement to improve the health of people and communities everywhere.
What We Do
The Center for Health Justice will collaborate with public health and community-based organizations, government and health care entities, the private sector, community leaders, and community members.
The center will build a case for health justice through research, analysis, and expertise — which will help us build collaborations and drive our efforts to build a better future.
Building a Case
- Develop tools, institutional policies, and resources that will help organizations work with their communities to create and sustain multisector partnerships.
- Produce original research and analysis to build support for policy and practice changes that will have a systemic impact.
- Continue our work alongside AAMC CHARGE (the Collaborative for Health Equity: Act, Research, Generate Evidence), an interprofessional and cross-disciplinary group of health equity scholars and champions from across the United States.
- Convene our multisector expert partner group, which will consist of eight to 12 members from sectors representing the diverse social and political determinants of health (such as education, criminal justice, environmental justice, food justice, and others). This group, which will be paid, will help guide the Center for Health Justice with its priorities and strategy. Members will be a mix of national leaders, local leaders from community-based organizations, and community organizers. Applications will be accepted beginning in fall 2021.
- Provide funding to engage in on-the-ground partnership, evidence-building, and implementation of this multisector group.