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Urban Universities for Health

Urban Universities for HEALTH (Health Equity through Alignment, Leadership and Transformation of the Health Workforce) is a partnership effort of the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU)/Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the National Institutes of Health. The long term vision of Urban Universities for HEALTH is to enhance and expand a culturally sensitive, diverse, and prepared health workforce that improves health and reduces health disparities in urban communities.

Through Urban Universities for HEALTH, USU/APLU and the AAMC will work with urban university presidents and health professions deans to strengthen institutional capacity, develop metrics, and implement a Learning Collaborative to test and share novel approaches to talent development with the aim of improving the health of urban underserved and minority populations.

The Learning Collaborative aims to:

  • Increase the quality of evidence and use of data within university strategic and action planning to develop a health workforce that reduces health disparities;
  • Identify measures by which institutions can assess progress toward their health workforce goals; and
  • Disseminate new knowledge, tools, and resources to assist universities and academic medical centers in increasing their capacity to prepare a health workforce that meets community needs.

Urban Universities for HEALTH has established the initial infrastructure for what will become a broad collaborative effort, engaging universities, national partners, federal agencies, and other stakeholders who share a commitment to health equity. Five demonstration sites work together with a broader group of urban universities to pursue the partnership’s goals:

  • Cleveland State University (CSU)/Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)
  • SUNY Downstate
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Missouri Kansas City
  • University of New Mexico

These institutions will capture local data, evaluate current strategies, and drive workforce improvements in common areas across sites. Each site will engage a university-wide team including deans in nursing, medicine, dentistry, public health and allied health professions.

For more information about the Urban Universities for HEALTH Learning Collaborative, please visit our website at:

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