Our Partners in Arizona
We've worked with the following partners in this state to expand access to reproductive health care.
Desert Star Institute for Family Planning
NIRH is committed to helping the reproductive justice movement in Arizona continue to grow, build its capacity, and form a formidable power bloc in the state. NIRH is supporting Desert Star Institute for Family Planning (DSIFP) in their collaborative work with Arizona Birthworkers of Color (AZBOC), Black Lives Matter Phoenix Metro (BLM PHX), Black Phoenix Organizing Collective (BPOC), Black Political Cultivation Arizona (BPCAZ), and the Rooted Doula Collective (RDC), to create a shared curriculum on reproductive justice and legislative action. This initiative will fortify and expand community doula resources and mobilize impacted community members to action in rapid response moments during and after the 2022 legislative session.
Arizona Reproductive Justice Coalition
The Arizona Reproductive Justice Coalition came together in a particularly difficult year for abortion rights in the Arizona legislature, showing up to push back against anti-abortion bills in the legislature and focusing on skills building and training internally. Coming off NIRH Action Fund’s 2020 investment in message research and political program in Arizona, NIRH worked with the coalition to build expertise of its members, amplify the existing expertise in the group both internally and externally, and be prepared to push the proactive policy agenda they created during future legislative sessions. The proactive agenda for reproductive justice envisions a brighter, more just future for Arizona.
Coconino County Well Woman Coalition
NIRH is worked with CityMatCH from 2018-2020 to lead the Well Women, Well Communities Project addressing systemic barriers to high-quality preventative care. The Coconino County Well Woman Coalition brought together advocacy organizations and community members to form a community advisory boards (CAB) with the goal of fostering stronger relationships and tailoring health initiatives to residents’ needs and interests. The CAB collaborated to identify one upstream and one downstream barrier to well woman care and then creating and implementing solutions to each. NIRH provided CityMatCH 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.
Reproductive Equity Arizona
Reproductive Equity Arizona (REA) was a new organization launched in 2019 formed to galvanize support for reproductive justice work across Arizona. With support and guidance from NIRH, REA dove into this work through a coalition-building initiative with ally organizations who lead work on issues such as immigrant, economic, racial, and LGBTQ rights and equity, and strengthening relationships with local-level policymakers. The project included a culminating event that introduced the reproductive justice framework to local level policymakers, administrators, and grasstops leaders and will provide those stakeholders with reproductive justice-informed policy recommends and guidance. Through this critical community outreach and strategic communications, this project built Reproductive Equity Arizona as a long-term leader for reproductive health, rights, and justice work.
Arizona Family Health Partnership
NIRH worked with the Arizona Family Health Partnership (AFHP) to increase the availability of immediate postpartum LARC in hospitals across the state. A leader of the Arizona LARC Coalition, AFHP used its findings on barriers to LARC reimbursement and provision to address challenges at individual birthing hospitals, including community and rural hospitals. After successfully working with Medicaid to increase reimbursement for inpatient LARC devices in 2019, AFHP also continued its advocacy with both private and public payers to improve reimbursement. NIRH supported this work from 2018-2020.