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Our Partners in Michigan

We've worked with the following partners in this state to expand access to reproductive health care.

Current Partners

State partner
Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network

In 2022, NIRH is supporting the Michigan Organization for Adolescent Health (MOASH) and Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network (MUUSJN)—longstanding leaders on reproductive health, rights, and justice in Michigan—to promote the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) and a reproductive freedom ballot initiative proposal to secure access to the full range of reproductive health care, including abortion, in Michigan. MOASH and MUUSJN will work to organize and engage young people and people of faith to ensure that these communities—whose voices are often erased or misconstrued in these conversations —are leading efforts to safeguard reproductive freedom, including abortion access. With NIRH's support, MOASH and MUUSJN will launch efforts that include awareness and advocacy actions among youth, faith-based community members, and other stakeholders in order to pass the RHA and ballot initiative proposal.

Local partner
YWCA Kalamazoo

Building off our 2021 work with YWCA Kalamazoo, NIRH is supporting their new initiative—the YWCA Kalamazoo Advocacy Project—to increase safe and equitable access to abortion by deepening the impact of the newly created YWCA Kalamazoo Reproductive Health Fund, which NIRH worked closely with the YWCA Kalamazoo to establish. This fund is a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership to support abortion care, doula services, emergency contraception, gender affirming name changes, HIV prevention, Hormone Replacement Therapy, and practical support like transportation to receive services. In 2022, NIRH will help take YWCA’s advocacy to the next level, with a goal of securing municipal funding for abortion care. This project moves YWCA’s work from education and service provision to the justice and advocacy space—creating enduring positive change to protect reproductive health rights in Kalamazoo County. 

State & local partner
Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health

In 2022, NIRH is supporting the Michigan Organization for Adolescent Health (MOASH) and Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network (MUUSJN)—longstanding leaders on reproductive health, rights, and justice in Michigan—to promote the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) and a reproductive freedom ballot initiative proposal to secure access to the full range of reproductive health care, including abortion, in Michigan. MOASH and MUUSJN will work to organize and engage young people and people of faith to ensure that these communities—whose voices are often erased or misconstrued in these conversations —are leading efforts to safeguard reproductive freedom, including abortion access. With NIRH's support, MOASH and MUUSJN will launch efforts that include awareness and advocacy actions among youth, faith-based community members, and other stakeholders in order to pass the RHA and ballot initiative proposal.  NIRH worked with MOASH in 2019 to launch 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.  In 2017, NIRH worked with MOASH to institute a youth- and community-informed, district-wide, integrated program of services and trainings to develop effective Sexual Education Advisory Boards (SEABs), which are youth- and community-informed boards required by Michigan law to guide sex education curriculum in their communities.   In 2015, NIRH worked with MOASH to implement its Michigan Youth Rights initiative 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. 

Past Partners

Local partner
Washtenaw County Well Woman Coalition

From 2018-2020, NIRH partnered with CityMatCH to lead the Well Women, Well Communities Project addressing systemic barriers to high-quality preventative care. The Washtenaw 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.

State partner
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.

State partner
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.