The Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) is a non-profit organization that seeks to advance the nation's health and well-being through vigorous leadership of the nation’s academic health centers.
To improve the nation's health care system by mobilizing and enhancing the strengths and resources of the academic health center enterprise in health professions education, patient care, and research.
An academic health center consists of an allopathic or osteopathic medical school, one or more other health profession schools or programs (such as allied health, dentistry, graduate studies, nursing, pharmacy, public health, veterinary medicine), and one or more owned or affiliated teaching hospitals or health systems. There are more than 100 academic health centers nationwide and they have enormous impact regionally, nationally, and internationally.
Academic health centers have enormous impact. They are essential to the nation’s higher education system as they educate tomorrow’s health care providers and pioneers. These institutions are vital providers of patient care, from basic to advanced, and offer comprehensive as well as cutting-edge treatment. Their large portfolios of research generate new ideas, leading to novel concepts and therapies. Academic health centers also serve as economic engines. Locally, they employ thousands of professionals and staff, and their research creates original products and technologies that benefit millions of people worldwide. Together, their impact is felt in nearly every sector of the global economy. They are also deeply imbedded in their communities, often serving as safety net providers and standing on the country’s frontline of defense in response to public health outbreaks, natural disasters, local crises, and potential terrorist attacks.
As their national organization, the Association of Academic Health Centers seeks to improve the nation's health and well-being by strengthening, advocating, and leading on behalf of its member institutions, which are at the forefront of health professions education, patient care, and biomedical and health services research. This requires vigorous leadership that enhances and mobilizes the intellectual capital, influence, and resources of academic health centers towards the overarching goal of improving health care system.
These are the core values that guide the work of the Association of Academic Health Centers:
The Association of Academic Health Centers has recognized the following imperatives towards achieving its vision and mission: