Download, modify, and present your own American Academy of Family Physician policy resolutions. The resolutions listed below are currently being used by clinicians across the country to advocate at state and national affiliates of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Feel free to use these templates or as guidelines to drafting your own resolutions. If you want to help advocating for these resolutions email firstname.lastname@example.org to be connected to local and national advocacy efforts, including the Reproductive Health Access Network and local Clusters.
For a comprehensive list of current and past policy priorities and AAFP-approved resolutions, please visit the TEACH resolution database.
2016 Policy Priorities and current efforts
- 2016 Proposal to CAFP: Support Mandatory Immunizations for Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Prior to Child’s Entry into School (TEACH for the California Academy of Family Physicians)
- Endorse Access without Age Restriction to Over-‐the-‐Counter Oral Contraceptive Pills (TEACH for CAFP)
- Medicaid Coverage of Over-The-Counter Emergency Contraception (TEACH for CAFP)
- Oppose Policing within Medical Care and Facilities
- Increase Access to Comprehensive Repro Health Services for Incarcerated Women
- Oppose Transphobic Legislation
Previous Resolutions and Efforts
- Access to All FDA- Approved Contraception Methods for Medicare Patients
- Improve Post-Residency Procedural Training
- Miscarriage Management Training in Family Medicine Residencies
- Promoting Transparency in Medical Education and Training in Religious Healthcare Organizations
- CAFP Postpartum LARC
- Oppose the Drug Testing of Pregnant Women
Advocate for reproductive health in professional organizations
Professional organizations allow clinicians to strategize, share, and mobilize around improving reproductive health. From presenting at the organization’s annual conference on a reproductive health topic to starting a member group on improving abortion access, membership is a vehicle for creating change.
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) seeks to improve the health of patients, families, and communities. The AAFP sets policy and makes recommendations that shape the scope of family practice. Get involved in AAFP by submitting scientific presentations, propose new policies, submit publications and letters to the scientific journal. Visit the AAF website for membership information.
The AAFP also has a Reproductive Health Member Interest Group, a community of family physicians who work on reproductive health issues within the AAFP. Visit the member interest group website for more information on their work and how to join the group.
We encourage and organize family physicians to introduce and advocate for policy resolutions at state and national academies of family physicians that support access to comprehensive reproductive health. These resolutions can also be modified and used for other primary care professional organizations. We thank RHEDI (Reproductive Health EDucation In Family Medicine) and TEACH (Training in Early Abortion for Comprehensive Healthcare) for drafting these resolutions.
Read the AAFP Primer to understand the state and national structure of the AAFP and how to move resolutions through the system. RHEDI has created the guide Five Steps to a Resolution that outlines how to craft resolutions. View a complete list of reproductive health policies here. Or visit the Resources section of our site and search for “AAFP Policies”
Family medicine professional organizations
- Family Medicine Education Consortium (FMEC)
- Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM)
Reproductive health and other professional organizations
- American Medical Association (AMA)
- American Public Health Association (APHA)
- Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP)
- Medical Students for Choice
- Nursing Students for Choice
- Physicians for Reproductive Health
Join the Reproductive Health Access Network
The Reproductive Health Access Network pulls together nearly 1,000 family physicians and other primary care clinicians from all over the country to work together nationally and in their respective communities to expand access to abortion, contraception, and miscarriage care in the clinical and teaching practices. Join the Network to connect with primary care clinicians working to improve access to reproductive health care.
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