Medical colleges create center to tackle health inequities

The American Association of Medical Colleges has dedicated a center to addressing health inequities across U.S. communities. 

The AAMC's Center for Health Justice will "align and augment the efforts of the nation's medical schools, teaching hospitals, research institutions, and other local and national organizations to enhance equity through community collaboration," according to a Sept. 21 news release. 

The center aims to facilitate partnerships between academic medicine and local communities, enhance research on and address the root cause of health inequities. It will develop tools, institutional policies and other resources to assist organizations in cultivating multisector partnerships. 

“The traditional tripartite mission of academic medicine — medical education, clinical care, and research — is not enough to achieve health equity for all,” said David Skorton, MD, president and CEO of the AAMC. “The AAMC and academic medicine cannot achieve health equity alone. The AAMC Center for Health Justice is a space to come out of our siloes and work together with greater intention and with all our communities’ needs in mind.”

Initial efforts will focus on improving maternal health equity, as well as establishing a group of experts across multiple sectors to oversee the center's priorities. 

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