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.
- Fact Sheets – These materials provide information about public policies and their effect on health equity.
- Model Health in All Policies Ordinance(www.changelabsolutions.org) – This model ordinance helps a city or county implement health in all policies by enacting a local ordinance.
- Health in All Policies: A Guide for State and Local Governments(www.phi.org) – This guide describes the health in all policies approach to addressing key drivers of health outcomes and health inequities for state and local governments.
- A Health Impact Assessment Toolkit: A Handbook to Conducting HIA, 3rd Edition(humanimpact.org) – This handbook is designed as a hands-on teaching guide for how to conduct a health impact assessment.
Advocacy Resources and Opportunities
1. Wernham A, Teutsch SM. Health in all policies for big cities. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2015;21(Suppl 1):S56-S65.