Our Partners in New Mexico

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

Current Partners

State partner
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains

Beginning in 2016, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) and NIRH partnered with Bold Futures to increase access to LARC in New Mexico while preventing coercion. Through the lifetime of the partnership, this coalition, which also has included the ACLU of New Mexico, Southwest Women’s Law Center, and the New Mexico Perinatal Collaborative, came together to engage in strategic advocacy and education around LARC, including addressing unique barriers of a rural state. Beginning with the formation of a statewide advisory working group, chaired by Bold Futures, to address administrative barriers, the coalition successfully advocated for the debundling of LARC reimbursement from the global rate received by federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), trained providers and hospitals on implementation of immediate postpartum LARC, and ensured that private insurance companies were covering LARC as required by law. In 2019, the coalition also further ensured access by successfully securing increased Medicaid reimbursement rates for LARC insertion and removal twice in the span of the year. The work of this collaboration centered communities of color as decision makers and partners and created a sustainable plan to train providers on addressing implicit bias and reproductive coercion.

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) is working as part of a cohort of organizations in New Mexico on a long-term initiative to develop and advance an abortion rights vision, engage a new and broad base of supporters, and reduce shame and stigma by publicly promoting the affirmative value of abortion in women's lives.

State partner
ProgressNow New Mexico

ProgressNow New Mexico is working as part of a cohort of organizations in New Mexico on a long-term initiative to develop and advance an abortion rights vision, engage a new and broad base of supporters, and reduce shame and stigma by publicly promoting the affirmative value of abortion in women's lives.

State partner
Forward Together (Stronger Families New Mexico)

Forward Together (Stronger Families New Mexico) is working as part of a cohort of organizations in New Mexico on a long-term initiative to develop and advance an abortion rights vision, engage a new and broad base of supporters, and reduce shame and stigma by publicly promoting the affirmative value of abortion in women's lives.

State partner
ACLU of New Mexico

American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico (ACLU-NM), Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM), and Bold Futures successfully engaged in strategic advocacy and education to improve the accessibility of LARC in New Mexico. In 2019, the coalition worked to address inadequate payment, a known barrier to provision, by securing increased Medicaid reimbursement rates for LARC insertion and removal twice in the span of a year. They also created a sustainable plan for training providers on addressing implicit bias and preventing reproductive coercion. NIRH has supported this work since 2016.

ACLU-NM worked as part of a cohort of organizations in New Mexico on a long-term initiative to develop and advance an abortion rights vision, engage a new and broad base of supporters, and reduce shame and stigma by publicly promoting the affirmative value of abortion in women's lives.

State partner
Bold Futures

Beginning in 2016, Bold Futures and NIRH partnered with Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) to increase access to LARC in New Mexico while preventing coercion. Through the lifetime of the partnership, this coalition, which also has included the ACLU of New Mexico, Southwest Women’s Law Center, and the New Mexico Perinatal Collaborative, came together to engage in strategic advocacy and education around LARC, including addressing unique barriers of a rural state. Beginning with the formation of a statewide advisory working group, chaired by Bold Futures, to address administrative barriers, the coalition successfully advocated for the debundling of LARC reimbursement from the global rate received by federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), trained providers and hospitals on implementation of immediate postpartum LARC, and ensured that private insurance companies were covering LARC as required by law. In 2019, the coalition also further ensured access by successfully securing increased Medicaid reimbursement rates for LARC insertion and removal twice in the span of the year. The work of this collaboration centered communities of color as decision makers and partners and created a sustainable plan to train providers on addressing implicit bias and reproductive coercion.

In 2013, Bold Futures participated as a leader in the Respect ABQ Women campaign, which successfully defeated an Albuquerque ballot measure that would have banned abortion after twenty weeks. This project was conducted in partnership with the Southwest Women's Law Center.

Bold Futures is working as part of a cohort of organizations in New Mexico on a long-term initiative to develop and advance an abortion rights vision, engage a new and broad base of supporters, and reduce shame and stigma by publicly promoting the affirmative value of abortion in women's lives.

Past Partners

State partner
New Mexico Perinatal Collaborative

The New Mexico Perinatal Collaborative, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, Southwest Women’s Law Center, and Young Women United are continuing their work, begun in 2016 with support from NIRH, to increase access to LARC while preventing coercion. By assessing the current state of LARC access in rural New Mexico and specifically among Native women, improving training, mentoring, and educational materials for health care providers, and advocating for administrative policy change that will address inadequate LARC reimbursement, the coalition is eliminating barriers to LARC across the state, with a specific focus on underserved populations  NIRH supports its LARC partners by offering technical assistance as needed, linking their work to state and national trends and best practices, and lifting up their successes and lessons learned to share with the field. In the three years since New Mexico’s Human Services Department created a mechanism for providers to get Medicaid reimbursement for providing LARCs immediately postpartum, only one hospital — the University of New Mexico — has consistently offered this service. The New Mexico Perinatal Collaborative (NMPC) is using a two-part strategy to increase the number of hospitals offering this immediate postpartum contraceptive option. This includes developing a postpartum LARC toolkit specific to New Mexico, including information on counseling, billing, and pharmacy ordering and stocking and working directly with three to five New Mexico hospitals to implement postpartum LARC provision, engaging key stakeholders to overcome operational barriers, and facilitating training opportunities for providers and staff.

State partner
Native American Community Board - NM

Native American Community Board (NACB) (Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota) launched an education and media campaign in Oklahoma, New Mexico and South Dakota around newly written policies that require that Emergency Contraceptive/Plan B® be available over-the-counter at all Indian Health Service (IHS) units. NACB hosted meetings across the three states, reaching and training over 90 Native women as advocates and educators in their communities. NACB also held their first webinar training for advocates and counselors who would otherwise have found it difficult to travel to their training sites. Additionally, NACB implemented a very successful media strategy resulting in over 18 national and international news stories focusing on Native women’s reproductive justice issues. Going forward they will continue to work with IHS to ensure that policies are fully implemented and Native women have access to EC.

State & local partner
Southwest Women's Law Center

This year, the New Mexico Perinatal Collaborative, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, Southwest Women’s Law Center (SWLC), and Young Women United are continuing their work, begun in 2016 with support from NIRH, to increase access to LARC while preventing coercion. By assessing the current state of LARC access in rural New Mexico and specifically among Native women, improving training, mentoring, and educational materials for health care providers, and advocating for administrative policy change that will address inadequate LARC reimbursement, the coalition is eliminating barriers to LARC across the state, with a specific focus on underserved populations  NIRH supports its LARC partners by offering technical assistance as needed, linking their work to state and national trends and best practices, and lifting up their successes and lessons learned to share with the field. Through past partnerships with NIRH, SWLC, Planned Parenthood of New Mexico (PPNM), and Young Women United (YWU) have collaborated to form a statewide advisory working group to address administrative barriers to LARCs across the state. Their work together involved research to map the landscape of LARC access and determine the breadth of challenges that providers face, coupled with policy advocacy to address known financial barriers, innovative solutions for advance stocking of devices, and the debundling of LARC reimbursement from the global rate received by federally qualified health centers (FQHCs). They have worked to secure access to LARCs through private insurance, including by ensuring that insurance companies are covering LARCs as required by law and informing consumers of that coverage and by advocating for the state to include LARC provision as a measure of “network adequacy.” Such a measure would require that insurance plans include a sufficient number of providers who can offer LARCs, an area of particular importance in such a rural state. The work of this collaboration is centered on communities of color as decision makers and partners to responsibly integrate non-coercive provider training and public awareness of LARCs. In 2011, the Southwest Women's Law Center hosted a bootcamp for legislators in New Mexico on current and pending reproductive health policy and provided messaging training and talking points on insurance coverage of abortion.

Local partner
Tewa Women United

Supported by the National Institute, in 2015 Tewa Women United strengthened its successful A’Gin Healthy Sexuality/Body Sovereignty Project in the Tewa Homelands of New Mexico, an interactive curriculum that fosters healthy decision-making about sex and sexuality among Native tribal youth. Tewa engaged youth facilitators and incorporated a youth advocacy component to its work, which enabled young Native leaders to publicly demonstrate their support for comprehensive sex education Youth leaders with the A’Gin Program increased the number of schools in which they offered their sex education training, and developed and presented two workshops for New Mexico’s largest grassroots youth conference, Organizing Youth Engagement (OYE) Conference.