introducing the health equity programs of action framework

9 February, 2019

The O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center (Washington, DC) has launched Health Equity Programs of Action: An Implementation Framework. As the Sustainable Development Goals era continues and grave health inequities persist, this framework offers a systematic, systemic, and inclusive approach towards eliminating remediable health equalities. This comprehensive approach aims to empower the people who experience these inequities, and could help establish a sustained national focus on health equity. Health equity programs of action would be based on seven principles:

1. Empowering Participation and Inclusive Leadership

2. Maximizing Health Equity

3. Health Systems and Beyond: All Social Determinants of Health

4. Every Population Counts

5. Actions, Targets, and Timelines

6. Comprehensive Accountability

7. Sustained High-Level Political Commitment

The implementation guide and related material are available at: . The O'Neill Institute would be happy to discuss opportunities for taking this approach forward and for collaboration; please email

HIFA profile: Eric A Friedman is a Project Leader, Joint Action and Learning Initiative on National and Global Responsibilities for Health (JALI), at the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC.  JALI is an international coalition aimed at developing a global health treaty – a Framework Convvention on Global Health – to close health inequities and better enaable people to realize their right to health. Before joining the O'Neill Institute, Eric was at Physicians for Human Rights, where he focused on HIV/AIDS, health systems, the right to health, and the global shortage of health workers. eaf74 AT