Where We Work

Our Partners

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

Since 2016, NIRH has supported SisterReach, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and Vanderbilt University in their work to improve access to LARC across the state using a reproductive justice framework. This year, they are advocating with private insurers to improve reimbursement for immediate postpartum LARC, as well as working with hospitals to develop and implement systems that facilitate offering this service. Additionally, they are working with providers, health officials, and patients to increase awareness of LARC, patients’ rights to make their own decisions about contraception, and of methods of counseling and service provision that are patient-centered and anti-coercive. NIRH supports its LARC partners by offering technical assistance as needed, linking their work to state and national trends, and lifting up their successes and lessons learned to share with the field.

NIRH is also continuing its support of SisterReach’s Youth Ambassadors (SYAs) program.  a youth-led group that advocates for comprehensive sexuality education. Restrictive state policy on sexuality education and the state’s increasing reliance on biased and limited services of crisis pregnancy centers – fake clinics that deceive women – mean that many young people in Tennessee receive almost no sexual health education at all. This crisis is exemplified by rising rates of STIs in cities across the state. This year, NIRH will support SisterReach’s SYA program to run a campaign to repeal Shelby County’s “opt-in” sexuality education policy. SYAs will receive a stipend for their work engaging community members through canvassing and holding town halls on the need for this policy change.

In 2017, with NIRH’s support, 20 SYAs received intensive training in reproductive justice, sexual health, and community service, including peer-to-peer education, skills for speaking with community members and elected officials, and campaign leadership. The SYAs went on deliver presentations to the Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators and the Shelby County School Board on reforming state and local policies so families have to opt-out of receiving sex education as opposed to opting-in. The #CSE4TN campaign also included a strong faith-based narrative and SisterReach and its coalition partners engaged key stakeholders and the larger community at their ten “CSE Report Out” town hall events.

In 2013, SisterReach recruited youth ambassadors to lead the Choose2Wait program to support comprehensive sex education in Memphis. With NIRH’s support, SisterReach also conducted focus groups with people of color on sex education in Memphis and published the first report in Tennessee specifically focused on people of color and sex education.

State partner

Since 2016, NIRH has supported SisterReach, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and Vanderbilt University in their work to improve access to LARC across the state using a reproductive justice framework. This year, they are advocating with private insurers to improve reimbursement for immediate postpartum LARC, as well as working with hospitals to develop and implement systems that facilitate offering this service. Additionally, they are working with providers, health officials, and patients to increase awareness of LARC, patients’ rights to make their own decisions about contraception, and methods of counseling and service provision that are patient-centered and anti-coercive. 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.

State partner

Since 2016, NIRH has supported SisterReach, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and Vanderbilt University in their work to improve access to LARC across the state using a reproductive justice framework. This year, they are advocating with private insurers to improve reimbursement for immediate postpartum LARC, as well as working with hospitals to develop and implement systems that facilitate offering this service. Additionally, they are working with providers, health officials, and patients to increase awareness of LARC, patients’ rights to make their own decisions about contraception, and methods of counseling and service provision that are patient-centered and anti-coercive. 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
State partner

In 2014, Healthy & Free Tennessee played an instrumental role in the "No on One" campaign to prevent a state constitutional amendment from removing abortion as a constitutional right in Tennessee. Although ultimately unsuccessful, the campaign’s efforts included mailings, phone banking, and canvassing efforts that strengthened the base of pro-choice supporters.

In 2013, the National Institute worked with Healthy & Free Tennessee to support the development and growth of the Healthy & Free Tennessee Coalition, including the creation of an organizational structure, mission, and goals.

Local partner

In 2011, with the National Institute's support, Memphis Teen Vision developed a guide to teen-friendly reproductive health care providers in Memphis — the first of its kind in the city.

State partner

CHOICES moved forward with their newly created patient advocacy program in 2017, and identified patients that would receive training in a variety of new skills including legislative advocacy. Together, CHOICES and these new leaders advocated for access to reproductive health care, including abortion, and against restrictions.