Our Partners in Michigan
The Washtenaw County Well Woman Coalition is working with a coalition of organizations to address one upstream and one downstream initiative that increases access to and utilization of well-women’s care. With support from NIRH and CityMatCH, the Well Woman Coalition is convening a coalition of community members who are identifying the initiatives, providing guidance and input throughout the process, and helping the coalition ensure their work meets the community’s needs.
Sexual Education Advisory Boards (SEABs) are youth- and community-informed boards required by Michigan law to guide sex education curriculum in their communities. NIRH is working with the Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health’s (MOASH) DASHES Program to institute a youth- and community-informed, district-wide, integrated program of services and trainings to develop effective SEABs. They will then work with the Detroit board, alongside other stakeholders, to establish a framework for teaching sexuality education that addresses the systemic oppression young people in Detroit face.
With the National Institute's support, Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health implemented its Michigan Youth Rights initiative in 2015 to reduce the harm of the state’s forced parental consent for abortion law, while also building a coalition to advocate for the law’s repeal and for the rights of young people. MOASH conducted a comprehensive assessment of judicial bypass procedures in all of Michigan’s 83 county court systems and worked with their youth advisory council to create an online portal, MY RIGHTS, where young people can access information and resources on judicial bypass. MOASH also developed a fact sheet for court employees on the legal rights of minors seeking judicial bypass.
In 2014, the ACLU of Michigan and Health Centers for Women, with the National Institute's support, strengthened the MI Lead coalition and developed a multi-year strategic plan to advance reproductive rights in Michigan. The coalition successfully defeated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act during the December lame duck session of the Michigan Legislature in 2014.
In 2010, with the help of teen “mystery shoppers,” Teen HYPE created and distributed a guide to teen-friendly health care providers in Detroit.
In 2017, Northland Family Planning & Reclaim (Reclaim) promoted proactive policies on reproductive health care, including abortion and contraception, in the Michigan legislature. At the same time, Reclaim continues to build its core capacity and define its trajectory as an advocacy organization.
The Program on Women’s Healthcare Effectiveness Research (PWHER) at the University of Michigan is using their research expertise to evaluate the economic impact to commercial payers and to hospitals for providing access to immediate postpartum LARC, addressing a known barrier to provision of this evidence-based postpartum care. Their results will form the basis for policy briefs and other resources that can be used in advocacy with private insurance companies for the debundling of postpartum LARC reimbursement. The data will also support hospitals’ implementation of this service through the creation of a tool enabling hospitals to assess the impact of offering immediate postpartum LARC at their institution. NIRH supports its LARC partners by offering technical assistance as needed, linking their work to state and national trends and best practices, and lifting up their successes and lessons learned to share with the field.