The National Institute for Reproductive Health was proud to announce our state and local partnerships for 2018!

In 2018 we worked with partners in 23 states and 13 cities to advance proactive reproductive health, rights, and justice policies. See our press release announcing our 2018 partnerships here, and stay tuned for 2019 partners announcement!

2018’s grant streams include:

Increasing Access to Long-Acting reversible Contraception (LARC)

All people deserve access to the full range of contraceptive options so they can select and use the method that is right for them. But a range of regulatory and systems-level barriers often makes highly effective forms of contraception like IUDs and implants, also known as LARC, difficult to obtain. Using a framework that centers patient autonomy and choice, NIRH is partnering with the organizations below to remove these barriers to care.


Improving Abortion Access through Affirmative Health Policies

Presenting a proactive vision and building a vibrant movement in support of reproductive health, rights, and justice is more important than ever. That’s why NIRH is launching a new initiative in partnership with the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) to provide support to advocates and lawmakers in Colorado, Georgia, New Jersey and Wisconsin who will work together in 2018 to lay the groundwork for introducing and moving a proactive reproductive health policy agenda, including affirmative abortion access bills in 2019. And because positive policies are only as good as they are effectively implemented, NIRH is partnering with All* Above All to continue to support the Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU of Illinois to implement the landmark legislation IL HB40, a bill that restores abortion coverage for people who qualify for Illinois’ state medical assistance programs, including Medicaid, and for certain state employees.


Building Power in Cities for Reproductive Freedom

Cities have a unique opportunity to advance reproductive freedom for their residents and to mitigate a hostile climate created by state and federal governments. The organizations in this cohort are responding to the call to action laid out in NIRH’s Local Reproductive Freedom Index (Local Index) to build communities that will be safe havens for reproductive health, rights, and justice. Partners will use the tools developed in the Local Index as part of their strategy to educate their communities, organize their base, and work towards successful passage and implementation of their policy solutions.


State Infrastructure Project (Abortion Access and Capacity Building)

The State Infrastructure Project (SIP) 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. NIRH serves as a strategic partner to the project, supporting state cohorts, state coordinators, and individual organizations in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia to help advance the vision and strategy of SIP, support the aligned activities of participating partners, and coordinate the provision of a robust offering of technical assistance to SIP partners.