Health Equity

Millions of people in the United States face health disparities related to social and economic factors, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and income. Understanding and addressing disparities is critical to improving health equity nationwide. See the subpage on disparities in maternal health to learn more about that particular aspect of health equity. 


NFPRHA supports policy and service delivery efforts aimed to eliminate barriers that may contribute to disparities in the health care system. Through education and advocacy, NFPRHA promotes access to high-quality information and health care, including family planning and sexual health services, for all, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, employer or insurance status. NFPRHA supports policy proposals that remove nationality and citizenship requirements for coverage and care, improve opportunities for training in cultural competency, and direct resources to safety-net providers. NFPRHA believes that an intersectional approach that includes both service delivery and policy considerations that address social determinants of health, a concept foundational to reproductive justice, is necessary to eliminate avoidable health inequities and disparities.


NFPRHA Fact Sheets, Comments, and Reports

Resources on Public Charge

  • NFPRHA's comments opposing public charge (PDF) (December 2018). 

  • NFPRHA In Focus piece on public charge (PDF) (November 2018). 
  NFPRHA's Position





The National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA) believes that health equity can only be achieved by recognizing and responding to complex and integrated factors, including the unequal distribution of resources, which have created persistent health disparities. These social and economic factors that affect the health of people and vulnerable communities, also known as social determinants of health, include income, employment and job security, food security, housing conditions, access to health services and insurance status, early childhood development, education, employment, stigma, exclusion and historical trauma, among other social and economic conditions.

Happening Now 

  • On June 3, 2020, NFPRHA issued a statement on the impact of racism on people's lives and health. 
  • Visit the HEAL For Immigrant Women and Families website to learn more about the bill and sign on to endorse it. 
  • Visit the Protecting Immigrant Families website to learn about the recently finalized public charge rule, which has been temporarily blocked by the courts. The campaign has resources for health centers, community members, and state and local health departments. 

Other Resources

For additional resources & information, access NFPRHA fact sheets and federal comments by issue or read NFPRHA's publications and recent press statements. 

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