Our Partners in Michigan
We've worked with the following partners in this state to expand access to reproductive health care.
NIRH is partnering with the YWCA Kalamazoo in a campaign to increase county funding for a new local Reproductive Health Fund that is grounded in a reproductive justice framework and is intentionally focused on achieving race and gender equity in Kalamazoo County. The Fund will help county residents facing financial barriers to access the full spectrum of reproductive and gender affirming care, including abortion, contraception, doula care, hormone replacement therapy, and postpartum care. This would be the first such municipal initiative of its kind in the country. Through an easy-to-use structure, the Fund will also address the fragmented system of care between direct service providers, government entities, and community-based programs. This project is a collaboration with All* Above All.
Washtenaw County Well Woman Coalition
NIRH is continuing its partnership with CityMatCH, launched in 2018, to lead the Well Women, Well Communities Project addressing systemic barriers to high-quality preventative care. The Washtenaw County Well Woman Coalition is bringing 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 is collaborating to identify one upstream and one downstream barrier to well woman care and then creating and implementing solutions to each. NIRH is providing 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.
University of Michigan Program on Women’s Healthcare Effectiveness Research
In 2018, with support from NIRH, the Program on Women’s Healthcare Effectiveness Research (PWHER) at the University of Michigan used 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 formed the basis for published papers and other resources that can be used in advocacy with private insurance companies for the improvement of postpartum LARC reimbursement.
Northland Family Planning & Reclaim
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.
Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health
Expectant and parenting youth deserve access to quality support services, resources, and protections to raise their children, continue their education, gain employment, and live and thrive in their communities. Unfortunately, many teen pregnancy prevention initiatives shame and stigmatize young people who become parents. With support from NIRH, the Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health (MOASH) is launching its Michigan Young Parent Advisory Council (MY PAC), a youth-led cohort of expectant and parenting youth in Saginaw, MI. MY PAC leaders learn about their rights to reproductive and sexual health information and services and build their leadership and advocacy skills. Together, they are then using these skills to develop and organize for local policies that will support happy, healthy, and thriving young people and their families. MY PAC is an opportunity to ensure that the voices, needs, and autonomy of young moms and dads are included in Saginaw’s approach to advancing reproductive and sexual health.
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.