Our Partners in Maryland
We've worked with the following partners in this state to expand access to reproductive health care.
Reproductive Justice Inside
NIRH believes that the people impacted by economic and racial disparities are in the best position to identify solutions to these barriers. Reproductive Justice Inside (RJ Inside) works with and for systems-involved individuals to improve their access to quality sexual and reproductive healthcare. In the upcoming year, NIRH will support RJ Inside in developing two new reproductive justice-focused task forces in Baltimore City and Montgomery County – both based on the Atlanta RJ Commission model that NIRH helped to establish in 2019. The task forces will be staffed by community-based activists, direct service providers, policy advocates, and individuals with lived experiences with the topics pursued by the task forces, that could include work to address deceptive anti-abortion pregnancy centers, expand sexual and reproductive healthcare for youth, encourage the passage and implementation of city- and county-specific versions of the Maryland Contraceptive Equity Act, and other areas that are currently overlooked by local governments.
The Black Doula Project
NIRH believes that the people impacted by economic and racial disparities are in the best position to provide solutions to these barriers. The Black Doula Project, a fund that subsidizes doula costs for Black families in the Baltimore and DC area, was founded by two Black women doulas with the objective of improving maternal health education by and for pregnant Black people. NIRH is supporting The Black Doula Project in developing new internal communications strategies and creating an informative series to educate wider audiences of pregnant people, healthcare providers, and other community members who have a stake in combatting Black maternal mortality and supporting Black families welcoming newborns.
Advocates for Children and Youth
In 2005, Advocates for Children and Youth formed a statewide Medicaid Matters! Maryland Coalition and worked to fight cuts to Medicaid on the state and federal levels.
Healthy Teen Network
In 2010, the Healthy Teen Network (Baltimore, MD) hosted a roundtable in conjunction with the Baltimore Department of Health and local advocates to release their report on teen pregnancy in Baltimore. At the roundtable, participants also developed strategies to reduce teen pregnancy rates in the city.
NIRH partnered with Pro-Choice Maryland to establish Reproductive Justice Commissions in one city and one municipality in their state. Modeled on the successful campaign that established an RJ Commission in Atlanta, also an NIRH partnership initiative, these RJ Commissions consist of community-based activists, direct service providers, policy advocates, and others with lived experiences who will develop policy recommendations to promote positive sexual and reproductive health outcomes in their communities. As envisioned, the RJ Commissions have the potential to address important local issues such as the harmful and deceptive practices of anti-abortion pregnancy centers, supporting pregnant and parenting youth, promoting menstrual equity, and addressing the pregnancy-related needs of incarcerated or detained individuals. In 2022, NIRH is working with RJ Inside to continue this work.
In 2009, Pro-Choice Maryland successfully advocated for first-in-the-nation passage of ordinances requiring crisis pregnancy centers to disclose the limited nature of their services in Baltimore City and Montgomery County.