• American Jobs Plan Investments in Infrastructure Will Address Root Causes of Health Inequities         

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
    Friday, April 2, 2021

    Statement attributable to:
    Ada D. Stewart, MD
    President
    American Academy of Family Physicians

    ““The American Academy of Family Physicians welcomes the release of the American Jobs Plan, which kicks off an important conversation about critical investments necessary to further  strengthen our nation’s health care system and address underlying social determinants of health that contribute to health inequities. .

    “We commend the Biden administration for the plan’s provisions to expand Medicaid Home and Community Based Services, upgrade Veterans Affairs hospitals, protect clean drinking water, expand public transportation infrastructure, and invest in broadband and medical manufacturing. These actions, along with other economic measures, will help promote health equity.

    “Family physicians are committed to improving health equity by addressing the social determinants of health to prioritize preventive health and management of chronic conditions. Family physicians care about health equity and the negative effects climate change has on health, particularly for vulnerable populations. We are well positioned to address these issues with our patients and in our communities, but broader infrastructure investment is needed to address pervasive inequities that lead to health disparities. 

    “In addition to improving public infrastructure, investing in primary care is another vital step to advancing health equity and improving preparedness for future public health crises.

    “The AAFP is ready to work with the Biden administration to address longstanding and persistent racial injustice through economic revitalization, and we look forward to working with the administration to strengthen, grow, and diversify our primary care workforce.”

    Editor's Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. Stewart, contact Megan Moriarty, 800-274-2237, Ext. 6052, or mmoriarty@aafp.org

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