Current PartnershipsTara SweeneyApril 17, 2017
The National Institute for Reproductive Health is proud to announce our new partnerships for 2017 — spanning 22 states including 11 localities across the country. Among the reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations with which we’ll work this year, we’re thrilled to welcome several new partners and to continue relationships with many others. You can view a comprehensive map of of our current and past partners here.
In this current environment of political retrenchment, the need to present a proactive vision and build a vibrant movement in support of reproductive health, rights, and justice is more important than ever. That’s why we encourage and support our partners in taking calculated risks, pursuing bold strategies, and developing innovative, proactive approaches to expand access to reproductive health care, including abortion. We are also proud to continue working with All* Above All on select local projects to advance abortion coverage.
Especially in this moment of great challenge, NIRH believes that it is vitally important to present and work towards an affirmative vision that includes expanded access to, and reduced stigma around, abortion care. This advocacy is necessary to shift the public conversation, invigorate supporters, and ultimately foster a supportive environment and secure policies that advance reproductive health, rights, and justice. Partners in this cohort are working toward introduction of and movement on proactive legislation to increase access to abortion care, building the political will and grassroots support necessary for proactive policy change through coalition-building, community education, and organizing. An important and continuing thread of this work is building support for public and private insurance coverage of abortion, leading ultimately to the repeal of federal and state laws (like the Hyde Amendment) banning the use of public funds for abortions, an initiative that we have long pursued with All* Above All. This year, NIRH will provide a range of support to our partners depending on their needs, including policy development, communications support, field plan creation, and strategic guidance.
NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut & Hartford GYN
Feminist Women’s Health Center
Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU
NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina
NARAL Pro-Choice Texas
Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health
Independent abortion providers—health care clinics that frequently operate without the backing of a national advocacy group—not only provide the majority of abortion care in this country, but are also critical advocates for their patients. The impact that independent providers’ voices can have on the public discourse on abortion was demonstrated by the powerful narrative they created around the Supreme Court decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt
, which detailed how restrictive policy and abortion stigma play out on the ground and helped lead the way to a major victory for abortion rights. This year, NIRH is building on its years of partnerships with independent providers to launch a new initiative supporting four independent abortion providers who are growing their advocacy programs, building new bases of support in their states, and lifting up their own voices as well as the voices of their patients in their state legislatures and the public conversation. NIRH is providing our partners with a range of support based on their needs, including technical assistance in building an advocacy arm, strategic guidance in engaging new supporters, and policy support.
Trust Women Foundation
Northland Family Planning & Reclaim
North Dakota Women in Need Fund
A woman’s equality and full participation in society is dependent upon her knowledge of, and access to, the full range of contraceptive options and her ability to afford and access quality reproductive health care. This access depends not only on passage of good policy, but also on its implementation. By partnering on the below initiatives, we further counter attempts to stigmatize and impede such access. NIRH provides support to our partners by developing policy, crafting educational and communications tools, and advising on field strategy.
Consumers for Affordable Health Care
Health Care for All
NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts
North Dakota Women’s Network
Young people are the experts on their own lives, yet their voices are too often left out of advocacy and policymaking, even when it directly affects them. When young people are empowered to learn about and then advocate for their sexual and reproductive health care and rights, the result is a generation that can make informed health decisions and engage in a lifetime of activism. Partners in this project stream support youth as advocates for reproductive health policies in their own communities. By providing youth the space to create their own campaigns and make their voices heard, partners ensure that their work truly reflects the needs of those most affected by these policies. NIRH will provide a range of support to our partners, including in recruitment and youth program development, campaign development, research, and materials creation.
Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
Family Health Council of Central Pennsylvania
NIRH has long been committed to partnering with community-led organizations to advance reproductive justice for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women, who often experience coercion or abuse in the prison system. NIRH’s support for our partner will include data collection, materials creation, and field strategies.
Prison Birth Project
The State Infrastructure Project is a long-term initiative to develop and advance a proactive abortion rights vision, engage a new and broad base of supporters, and reduce shame and stigma by publicly promoting the affirmative value of abortion in women’s lives. The National Institute for Reproductive Health works intimately with state cohorts and individual organizations in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia to help advance the vision and strategy of the project, support the aligned activities of participating partners, and coordinate the provision of a robust offering of technical assistance to SIP partners.
The National Institute is partnering with state-based organizations to address administrative and systems-level barriers to long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs), including IUDs and implants. Although LARCs are the most effective form of contraception, uptake in the United States is low relative to other Western countries, due to lack of awareness of this method and persistent myths about their dangers among both patients and providers, insufficient provider training in insertion and removal, the high cost of the device, and operational challenges associated with offering LARCs. In recent years, however, LARCs have become more accessible, thanks to a range of interventions implemented in states like Colorado, demonstrating that barriers can be overcome through partnership between advocates, providers, officials, patients, and other key stakeholders. The National Institute is proud to support the projects below to increase access to LARCs in these states and to identify best practices and solutions as part of our organization’s commitment to ensuring that all women will be able to access the method of contraception that is right for them.
Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Community Health Center Association of New York State
New Mexico Perinatal Collaborative
Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts
Planned Parenthood of New Mexico
Public Health Solutions and New York City Health + Hospitals (NYC H+H)
SisterReach, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and Vanderbilt University
Southwest Women’s Law Center
University of Utah
Young Women United