Today, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) announced five grant recipients for the AAMC Health Professions Education Curricular Innovations Grant Program: Kickstarting Strategies for Addressing Health Misinformation. The AAMC, through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is engaged in a strategic initiative to increase confidence in COVID-19 vaccines and to address medical misinformation and mistrust through health professions education.
Clinicians and learners across the health professions are uniquely positioned to work with their patients and public audiences to address health misinformation. Health care providers are viewed as trusted sources of information and can hold a position of esteem and credibility. This CDC-funded subgrant program supports the initial development of competency-based, interprofessional strategies to mitigate health misinformation and integrate these approaches into new or existing curricula. The goal is for learners in medical, nursing, and pharmacy schools to demonstrate improvements in their capacity to communicate about health information and dispel misinformation, myths, and disinformation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
The AAMC released a request for proposals and, after a competitive national search and careful consideration by a diverse multi-rater review team, the AAMC is pleased to announce the five Health Professions Education Curricular Innovations subgrantees. The projects selected offer innovative educational approaches and strategies as well as well-developed plans to ensure that the skills gained in the educational program are transferable to various health topics.
Read more to learn about the five grant recipients.