The National Institute for Reproductive Health is proud to announce our state and local partnerships for 2020!
In 2020, NIRH is working with partners in 25 states, including 19 cities and counties, to advance proactive reproductive health, rights, and justice policies. Through these partnerships, we’re expanding abortion access in every state where it is possible, exploring opportunities in cities to protect abortion access and improve residents’ ability to get the care they need, breaking down barriers to contraceptive access, and investing in young people so they can be healthy and empowered leaders of the reproductive health, rights, and justice movements of tomorrow.
Our 2020 grant streams include:
Improving Abortion Access and Reproductive Health through Affirmative Policies
With the Supreme Court poised to undermine abortion rights, and many states already moving to try to ban it altogether, it is critical that we protect abortion rights and expand access in every state where it is possible to do so, creating the most access points we can in 2020. Building on the momentum from nine states passing proactive abortion laws in 2019, NIRH is currently working with partners in six states to increase access to and protect the right to abortion. In four of those states, NIRH and the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) have teamed up to help advocates and lawmakers move affirmative abortion access policies over the next two years.
Protecting and Advancing Abortion Access in Cities
While many state legislatures have restricted and sought to ban abortion care, and the Supreme Court is poised to diminish access even further, cities have the power and the opportunity to protect abortion rights and improve residents’ ability to get the care they need. In 2020, NIRH is working with partners to create safe havens for abortion access in several ways. Building off the successful efforts to secure city funding for access to abortion care in New York City and Austin, NIRH is working with partners to secure municipal abortion funding, pass clinic safety ordinances in deep red states, and strengthening local movements fighting for the policies that will best serve their residents and all who travel to their cities to access care. These initiatives demonstrate how cities can be home to some of the most innovative and expansive solutions to making abortion care more available and affordable. NIRH has teamed up with All* Above All to help three of these local organizations address financial barriers to abortion care in their communities.
Cultivating Youth Leadership through Advocacy for Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice
Young people are facing many barriers that impede their access to the confidential and comprehensive reproductive health care and sexuality education they need to have healthy reproductive and sexual lives, including the gutting of the Title X program, a resurgence of abstinence-only sex education, and attacks on access to abortion and contraception. This year, NIRH is partnering with organizations in four communities who are investing in young people as the creators and leaders of advocacy initiatives for policies that will benefit themselves and their peers today, so they can be healthy and empowered leaders of the reproductive health, rights, and justice movements tomorrow.
Supporting Healthy Families with Community-Led Solutions
Cities must invest in resources that meet people where they are by providing them with what they need to be healthy and to raise thriving families. NIRH is partnering with advocates in three communities who are committed to creating communities that bolster every resident’s right to determine whether and when to become a parent and to raise their families in a safe and secure environment.
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. Unfortunately, a range of policy and systems-level barriers — including low insurance reimbursement rates, inflexible health care administration systems, and lack of provider training — often make long-acting reversible contraception (LARC), such as IUDs and implants, difficult to obtain. Using a framework that centers patient autonomy and choice, NIRH is partnering with organizations in six states and regions to remove these barriers to care.
Well-Women, Well Communities: Partnership with CityMatCH
NIRH is continuing its partnership with CityMatCH, launched in 2018, to lead the Well Women, Well Communities Project addressing systemic barriers to high-quality preventative care. Health departments in the localities below are bringing together advocacy organizations and community members to form community advisory boards (CABs) with the goal of fostering stronger relationships and tailoring health initiatives to residents’ needs and interests. Each CAB collaborates to identify one upstream and one downstream barrier to well woman care and then creating and implementing solutions to each. NIRH is providing partners with expertise on local policy related to reproductive health, rights, and justice, and in community organizing and engagement in support of the identified initiatives.
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, 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.
NIRH Action Fund Partnerships: Making Electoral and Policy Change through Advocacy and Voter Mobilization Campaigns
The NIRH Action Fund engages in message-driven campaigns to challenge conventional electoral wisdom, pilot new ideas, and mobilize voters to turn out to vote for candidates who are champions for reproductive freedom.
See more about the partners and campaigns of the NIRH Action Fund