Family physicians are ideally positioned to spearhead the nation's public health efforts. As policymakers seek public health protections and improvements, the Academy engages with legislators and regulators at all levels to provide critical frontline data and perspective on a range of crucial issues.
No specialty treats a broader range of conditions than family physicians, and none offers similarly dynamic longitudinal care to so many Americans. That's why the Academy is at the vanguard of the nation’s public health effort, amplifying the voice of primary care at the policymaking table.
The Academy is fighting to increase patient access to behavioral health services, improve physician payment for this care, and boost training and education investments for physicians to integrate behavioral health care into their practices.
The Academy believes that all people should attain the highest level of health. This includes the capacity to heal and to function within the contexts of family, community, and environment.
Promoting policies and regulations that mitigate prescription drug abuse while ensuring continued patient access to safe and effective pain management from their primary care physicians is an advocacy priority for the Academy
Primary care physicians see firsthand tobacco's heavy toll on U.S. public health. The Academy maintains a constant push for appropriate regulation of this single leading cause of preventable death in America.
Coverage of preventive and wellness services for women is mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but issues such as chronic conditions and maternal mortality urgently demand state and federal action. The Academy is committed to influencing policy that improves women's health outcomes.