The EveryONE Project

Advocacy for Health Equity

Public policy plays a vital role in creating the conditions that improve health and address the social determinants of health (SDOH) that are fundamental to promote health equity. Ensuring that the health impact of all policies, even those traditionally viewed outside the realm of health and health care are taken into consideration is important for advancing health equity. Examples include:

  • Developing and implementing policies that have created new standards to protect indoor air quality in housing near congested roads;
  • Improved access to parks;
  • Increased access to nutritious food options;
  • Safe and affordable housing for low-income residents; and
  • Street designs that promote safe walking, cycling, and transit access.1

To empower family physicians to advance health equity and advocate on behalf of their patients, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) launched The EveryONE Project. The project provides policies and information related to diversity, SDOH, and health equity, along with tools and resources to help with advocacy in your community.

Health Policy Resources

The AAFP has compiled the following resources about health in all policies.


 
References

1. Wernham A, Teutsch SM. Health in all policies for big cities. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2015;21(Suppl 1):S56-S65.