Data and Research Core

Address research priorities and needs to form an inclusive basis for AI/ML

The mission of the AIM-AHEAD Data and Research Core (DRC) is to broaden the diversity and representation of data in AI/ML and expand its availability to diverse teams of researchers to address health disparities.

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AIM-AHEAD has curated two data resources for approved health equity research and training projects funded by the program. Both feature electronic health record (EHR) and social and environmental determinants of health (SEDOH) data with an emphasis on historically underserved and under-represented populations.

AIM-AHEAD Community Health Equity Database from OCHIN

OCHIN, a nonprofit health care innovation center with a core mission to advance health equity, operates the most comprehensive database on primary healthcare and outcomes of safety net patients in the United States, connected by OCHIN Epic EHR system, representing 6 million patients from 170 health systems and 1,600 clinic sites across 33 states.

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AIM-AHEAD Community Health Equity Database from OCHIN

AIM-AHEAD Data Bridge from MedStar Health

The MedStar Health System and the MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI) include an extensive network of clinical facilities in the mid-Atlantic region, including 10 hospitals and over 200 affiliated facilities connected by MedStar’s Cerner EHR system, representing 5 million unique patients with approximately 48% African American patients.

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AIM-AHEAD Data Bridge from MedStar Health

The DRC and Infrastructure Core also collaborate to assist AIM-AHEAD awardees in locating other data sources to support their projects. As part of its mission to diversify datasets used in AI/ML, AIM-AHEAD has conducted a landscape survey to raise awareness about datasets that may be of interest to the research community. Each dataset has its own governance process and rules for access.

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Nawar Shara, PhD (MPI)

MedStar Health Research Institute

Dominic Mack, MD, MBA (Co-I)

Morehouse School of Medicine

Josh Lemieux (Co-I)

OCHIN

Stephen Fernandez (Co-I)

MedStar Health Research Institute

Carmen L. Hughes, MBA (Program Director)

Morehouse School of Medicine

Erin Hernandez, MPH (Project Director)

OCHIN

Megan Hoopes, MPH (Data Analyst Lead)

OCHIN

Robert Schuff, MS (Data Science Lead)

OCHIN

Sara Stienecker (Project Manager)

MedStar Health Research Institute