About

The Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) and Association of Academic Health Centers International (AAHCI)

Founded in 1969, the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that advances health and well-being through the vigorous leadership of academic health centers. AAHC strives to achieve this by enhancing the ability of its members to educate the next generation of health professionals, conduct biomedical research, and provide patient care. AAHC believes that improving the health and well-being of the communities that members serve depends on the continuous advancement, alignment, and optimization of each element of this three-part mission.

The Association of Academic Health Centers International (AAHCI) is a member-based association founded in 2008 as a subsidiary to the US-based AAHC. Membership in AAHCI is similarly focused on bringing together institutions that serve the academic health center mission along with a global vision of enhancing health and well-being worldwide. AAHCI also serves as a bridge between its international members and AAHC’s US-based members, with the goal of advancing and applying knowledge to improve global health.

The organizations’ mission is to lead its members as they transform, adapt, and thrive in the changing healthcare landscape—including thought leadership, programs, policy development, advocacy, meetings, publications, and research and analytics.

For more information, please see AAHC's Annual Report.

Why AAHC is Unique

  • AAHC is global. Through its international branch, AAHCI, the Association supports the senior leaders of academic health centers around the world.
  • AAHC represents more than medicine. It is the only organization with a mission that encompasses all health profession schools within member institutions (e.g., allied health, dentistry, graduate studies, nursing, pharmacy, public health, veterinary, and allopathic and osteopathic medicine), as well as hospitals owned by or affiliated with academic health centers.
  • AAHC member representatives are the key decision-makers at their institutions. AAHC programs and policies are responsive to the senior leadership of academic health centers.
  • The focus is on the future. AAHC leads its members in anticipating where healthcare, science, and education will progress in the 21st century and provides guidance to be successful in the highly transformative healthcare environment. AAHC brings a uniquely strategic, integrative, multi-professional and multi-disciplinary perspective to consideration of the health-related challenges facing the U.S. and health systems globally.