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Creating national change from the ground up.

Through our partnership model, we provide state and local advocates with strategic guidance, hands-on support, and funding to fight for a society in which everyone has the freedom and ability to control their reproductive and sexual lives.

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Our Partners in New Mexico
We've worked with the following partners in this state to expand access to reproductive health care.
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State & local partner

This year, the New Mexico Perinatal Collaborative, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, Southwest Women’s Law Center (SWLC), and Young Women United are continuing their work, begun in 2016 with support from NIRH, to increase access to LARC while preventing coercion. By assessing the current state of LARC access in rural New Mexico and specifically among Native women, improving training, mentoring, and educational materials for health care providers, and advocating for administrative policy change that will address inadequate LARC reimbursement, the coalition is eliminating barriers to LARC across the state, with a specific focus on underserved populations  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.

Through past partnerships with NIRH, SWLC, Planned Parenthood of New Mexico (PPNM), and Young Women United (YWU) have collaborated to form a statewide advisory working group to address administrative barriers to LARCs across the state. Their work together involved research to map the landscape of LARC access and determine the breadth of challenges that providers face, coupled with policy advocacy to address known financial barriers, innovative solutions for advance stocking of devices, and the debundling of LARC reimbursement from the global rate received by federally qualified health centers (FQHCs). They have worked to secure access to LARCs through private insurance, including by ensuring that insurance companies are covering LARCs as required by law and informing consumers of that coverage and by advocating for the state to include LARC provision as a measure of “network adequacy.” Such a measure would require that insurance plans include a sufficient number of providers who can offer LARCs, an area of particular importance in such a rural state. The work of this collaboration is centered on communities of color as decision makers and partners to responsibly integrate non-coercive provider training and public awareness of LARCs.

In 2011, the Southwest Women's Law Center hosted a bootcamp for legislators in New Mexico on current and pending reproductive health policy and provided messaging training and talking points on insurance coverage of abortion.

State partner

This year, the New Mexico Perinatal Collaborative, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, Southwest Women’s Law Center, and Young Women United are continuing their work, begun in 2016 with support from NIRH, to increase access to LARC while preventing coercion. By assessing the current state of LARC access in rural New Mexico and specifically among Native women, improving training, mentoring, and educational materials for health care providers, and advocating for administrative policy change that will address inadequate LARC reimbursement, the coalition is eliminating barriers to LARC across the state, with a specific focus on underserved populations  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.

Through past partnerships with NIRH, Planned Parenthood of New Mexico (PPNM), Southwest Women’s Law Center (SWLC), and Young Women United (YWU) have collaborated to form a statewide advisory working group to address administrative barriers to LARCs across the state. Their work together involves research to map the landscape of LARC access and determine the breadth of challenges that providers face, coupled with policy advocacy to address known financial barriers, innovative solutions for advance stocking of devices, and the debundling of LARC reimbursement from the global rate received by federally qualified health centers (FQHCs). They have also worked to secure access to LARCs through private insurance, including by ensuring that insurance companies are covering LARCs as required by law and informing consumers of that coverage and by advocating for the state to include LARC provision as a measure of “network adequacy.” Such a measure would require that insurance plans include a sufficient number of providers who can offer LARCs, an area of particular importance in such a rural state. The work of this collaboration is centering communities of color as decision makers and partners to responsibly integrate non-coercive provider training and public awareness of LARCs.

Young Women United is working as part of a cohort of organizations in New Mexico on a long-term initiative to develop and advance an 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.

In 2013, Young Women United (Albuquerque, New Mexico) participated as a leader in the Respect ABQ Women campaign, which successfully defeated an Albuquerque ballot measure that would have banned abortion after twenty weeks. This project was conducted in partnership with the Southwest Women's Law Center.

State partner

The New Mexico Perinatal Collaborative, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, Southwest Women’s Law Center, and Young Women United are continuing their work, begun in 2016 with support from NIRH, to increase access to LARC while preventing coercion. By assessing the current state of LARC access in rural New Mexico and specifically among Native women, improving training, mentoring, and educational materials for health care providers, and advocating for administrative policy change that will address inadequate LARC reimbursement, the coalition is eliminating barriers to LARC across the state, with a specific focus on underserved populations  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.

In the three years since New Mexico’s Human Services Department created a mechanism for providers to get Medicaid reimbursement for providing LARCs immediately postpartum, only one hospital — the University of New Mexico — has consistently offered this service. The New Mexico Perinatal Collaborative (NMPC) is using a two-part strategy to increase the number of hospitals offering this immediate postpartum contraceptive option. This includes developing a postpartum LARC toolkit specific to New Mexico, including information on counseling, billing, and pharmacy ordering and stocking and working directly with three to five New Mexico hospitals to implement postpartum LARC provision, engaging key stakeholders to overcome operational barriers, and facilitating training opportunities for providers and staff.

State partner

Planned Parenthood of New Mexico is working as part of a cohort of organizations in Texas on a long-term initiative to develop and advance an 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.

In 2017, Planned Parenthood of New Mexico (PPNM), Southwest Women’s Law Center (SWLC), and Young Women United (YWU) collaborated to form a statewide advisory working group to address administrative barriers to LARCs across the state. Their work together involved research to map the landscape of LARC access and determine the breadth of challenges that providers face, coupled with policy advocacy to address known financial barriers, innovative solutions for advance stocking of devices, and the debundling of LARC reimbursement from the global rate received by federally qualified health centers (FQHCs). They also worked to secure access to LARCs through private insurance, including by ensuring that insurance companies are covering LARCs as required by law and informing consumers of that coverage and by advocating for the state to include LARC provision as a measure of “network adequacy.” Such a measure would require that insurance plans include a sufficient number of providers who can offer LARCs, an area of particular importance in such a rural state. The work of this collaboration centered communities of color as decision makers and partners to responsibly integrate non-coercive provider training and public awareness of LARCs.

State partner

ACLU of New Mexico is working as part of a cohort of organizations in New Mexico on a long-term initiative to develop and advance an 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.

State partner

Forward Together (Stronger Families New Mexico) is working as part of a cohort of organizations in New Mexico on a long-term initiative to develop and advance an 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.

State partner

ProgressNow New Mexico is working as part of a cohort of organizations in New Mexico on a long-term initiative to develop and advance an 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.

State partner

The New Mexico Perinatal Collaborative, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, Southwest Women’s Law Center, and Young Women United are continuing their work, begun in 2016 with support from NIRH, to increase access to LARC while preventing coercion. By assessing the current state of LARC access in rural New Mexico and specifically among Native women, improving training, mentoring, and educational materials for health care providers, and advocating for administrative policy change that will address inadequate LARC reimbursement, the coalition is eliminating barriers to LARC across the state, with a specific focus on underserved populations  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.

Past Partners
Local partner

Supported by the National Institute, in 2015 Tewa Women United strengthened its successful A’Gin Healthy Sexuality/Body Sovereignty Project in the Tewa Homelands of New Mexico, an interactive curriculum that fosters healthy decision-making about sex and sexuality among Native tribal youth. Tewa engaged youth facilitators and incorporated a youth advocacy component to its work, which enabled young Native leaders to publicly demonstrate their support for comprehensive sex education Youth leaders with the A’Gin Program increased the number of schools in which they offered their sex education training, and developed and presented two workshops for New Mexico’s largest grassroots youth conference, Organizing Youth Engagement (OYE) Conference.

State partner

In 2006, NARAL Pro-Choice New Mexico surveyed pharmacies across the state to determine the availability of emergency contraception. They used this data to provide public education on EC availability and to lobby the state legislature for a memorial resolution studying the availability of EC statewide.

State partner

Native American Community Board (NACB) (Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota) launched an education and media campaign in Oklahoma, New Mexico and South Dakota around newly written policies that require that Emergency Contraceptive/Plan B® be available over-the-counter at all Indian Health Service (IHS) units. NACB hosted meetings across the three states, reaching and training over 90 Native women as advocates and educators in their communities. NACB also held their first webinar training for advocates and counselors who would otherwise have found it difficult to travel to their training sites. Additionally, NACB implemented a very successful media strategy resulting in over 18 national and international news stories focusing on Native women’s reproductive justice issues. Going forward they will continue to work with IHS to ensure that policies are fully implemented and Native women have access to EC.