Our Partners in Minnesota
We've worked with the following partners in this state to expand access to reproductive health care.
While support for abortion access is high among Minnesotans, most are unaware of the many legal, financial, and logistical barriers that exist in the state. NIRH is partnering with Gender Justice, a legal and policy advocacy organization dedicated to advancing gender equity through the law, to conduct a series of trainings with local policymakers and community leaders in cities that are home to abortion clinics: Duluth, Minneapolis, and St. Paul. The goal of these trainings is to identify community-based solutions that will increase access to abortion and work with local leaders to move them forward. This project involves collaboration with All* Above All.
In 2019, NIRH partnered with The Beautywell Project to launch the Young Women’s Leadership Initiative (YWLI), which is preparing a cohort of young Muslim women from Somali communities to become local advocates in the Twin Cities. With support from NIRH, the cohort had the opportunity to learn about their own reproductive health and well-being and to advocate for their community members on issues that matter to them. In 2020, NIRH is supporting The Beautywell Project as they expand the YWLI to different Somali-majority neighborhoods in the Twin Cities, with a specific focus on environmental justice and sexual and reproductive health and well-being. The participants are also learning how to best use social media as an advocacy tool for their communities.
In 2016, Whole Woman’s Health Alliance (Minnesota) and the Abortion Care Network formed a coalition of providers and key allies in Minnesota to review Medicaid reimbursement policies over a three-part roundtable. A survey administered to five independent providers in Minnesota revealed that Medicaid reimbursement rates and timing put an even bigger financial strain than anticipated on providers’ ability to offer abortions after twelve weeks. They are now using this information to reshape their strategic plan to deal with the shifting political climate and to engage the Department of Human Services and the Governor’s office.