Our Local Partners in California
Project NATEEN, a program of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine (DAYAM) at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, is expanding on their long history providing in-depth support to expectant and parenting young people in Los Angeles with the development of a young parent-led advocacy project on reproductive health policy. The participants in this new initiative receive advocacy training and have the opportunity to hear from a range of guest speakers. Following this introduction, the young people will then collaborate to plan, advocate for, and implement a policy initiative that will address a reproductive health policy of their choosing that directly impacts their lives.
The National Institute supported ACT for Women and Girls' 2015 efforts to advocate for comprehensive sex education in rural Tulare County, the most conservative region of California. ACT positioned youth as leaders and advocates in the relaunch of their sex ed campaign with the new name, “Plan A: Sex Ed for All,” providing an opportunity for marginalized populations – including women, undocumented immigrants, people of color, and the LGBTQ community – to be heard by local officials. ACT also created and strengthened alliances with local youth, parents, and school administrators to advance reproductive justice in California’s Central Valley.
With support from the National Institute, the ACLU of Southern California worked in 2015 to ensure implementation of a new state law prohibiting the shackling of pregnant and incarcerated women in Los Angeles County and advocate for broader policy change. With the ACLU’s support and oversight, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department created a housing unit for pregnant and post-partum women and strengthened their abortion and pregnancy policies to center the needs of incarcerated women. The ACLU also developed essential tools for implementation of anti-shackling laws: a statewide jails report; a Know Your Rights pamphlet on reproductive health care for incarcerated people; tools for jail administrators; and, along with allies, a model advocacy letter for California advocates when they encounter noncompliance in local jail systems.
In 2009, the Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice (Oakland, CA) with National Institute support released a report on the intersection of reproductive justice and environmental justice, and helped to stop an ordinance that could have threatened the livelihood of nail salon employees in Oakland.
The California Black Women's Health Project co-hosted the Urban Initiative Western Regional Summit in Los Angeles, CA, on October 29-30, 2009, bringing together nearly 150 advocates, elected leaders, and public health officials from 12 cities in four states to discuss reproductive health challenges and opportunities for solutions.
In 2010, the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative (Oakland) successfully advocated for passage of a San Francisco ordinance creating the Healthy Nail Salon Recognition program to incentivize nail salons to stop use of products containing the “toxic trio.” In 2011, they conducted outreach and built support for the establishment of Healthy Nail Salon Recognition programs in communities across California.
In 2010, the California School Health Centers Association in Oakland hosted a Policymaker Leadership Institute for school board members from cities across California on comprehensive sexual health education.
In 2010, Public Health Foundation Enterprises, Inc (Los Angeles, California) created a Reproductive Health Working Group within the Los Angeles County Department of Women’s Health and succeeded in evaluating a Pap test program, expanded access to emergency contraception in urgent care clinics and emergency departments, created a pilot training for long-acting reversible contraceptives, and created a new Expedited Partner Therapy model.
In 2011, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (San Francisco, CA) convened two round tables of formerly incarcerated women and girls, advocates, prison officials, healthcare providers, and policymakers to discuss shackling and reproductive care provided to incarcerated pregnant women in the San Francisco Bay Area and to develop improvements to current procedures.
As a 2012 partner, ACCESS Women's Health Justice (Oakland, California) worked with Alameda County Medi-Cal officials to increase awareness and capacity of County Medi-Cal workers to ensure equitable and timely access to Medi-Cal for pregnant women seeking abortion services. ACCESS also worked with the Oakland City Council to address abortion coverage issues in the city, and published letter to the editor in Oakland Tribune in support of abortion coverage.