Our Partners in Oregon
We've worked with the following partners in this state to expand access to reproductive health care.
Northwest Abortion Access Fund
In 2021, NIRH worked with the Northwest Abortion Access Project, Pro-Choice Oregon (formerly NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon), and the Portland City Council to win city funding for abortion care, to increase access for Oregonians and all who travel there for care. In 2022, we're working together to establish a statewide Reproductive Equity Fund that would include broad investments in abortion funds, patient access funds, a wide range of infrastructure spending on health care investments, telemedicine expansion and community outreach and education. This partnership is a collaboration with All* Above All.
In 2021, NIRH worked with Pro-Choice Oregon (formerly NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon) and the Portland City Council to win city funding for abortion care, in order to increase access for Oregonians and all who travel there for care. In 2022, we're working together to establish a statewide Reproductive Equity Fund that would include broad investments in abortion funds, patient access funds, a wide range of infrastructure spending on health care investments, telemedicine expansion and community outreach and education. This partnership is a collaboration with All* Above All.
Boys & Girls Club of Portland Metropolitan Area
Boys and Girls Club of Portland Metropolitan Area (BGCP) (Hillsboro, OR) worked with its’ Youth Advisory Council (YAC) to create and implement a reproductive health advocacy campaign in the Hillsboro community of Washington County. The YAC partnered with the Washington County Public Health Department (WCPHD) and Neighborhood Health Center to develop and strengthen their services within its’ free teen clinic, creating teen specific materials and age-appropriate messaging within the clinic. They also established a teen education center called the “Sexual and Protective Health Education Room” (SAPHE) where teens can access relevant and comprehensive sex education. In the summer of 2016, the YAC also coordinated and hosted a summer Youth Sexual Health Expo that drew in more than 50 participants. The WCPHD and Neighborhood Health Center plan to make this an annual event.
Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)
Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) (Multnomah County, OR) spent 2016 continuing to educate and mobilize their communities and local officials to ensure inclusive health coverage. APANO and its We Are BRAVE coalition partners met with county commissioners and held a board briefing with full support of the Multnomah County Health Department that included twenty written testimonies. At events held around Hyde Week of Action and after the general election, APANO received widespread community support, indicating their unique position for increased community advocacy and engagement. Their continued efforts have built support for a Multnomah County proclamation or resolution, and have provided an opportunity to build awareness around a proactive statewide bill that APANO is also supporting.
In 2015, APANO, with support from the National Institute lead a campaign by the We Are BRAVE cohort to advance a Multnomah County resolution on the importance of insurance coverage for the full spectrum of reproductive health services, including abortion.
Western States Center
In 2015, the National Institute supported Western States Center to expand its We are BRAVE program by engaging six organizations as partners in a campaign to enact proactive reproductive health care legislation in Oregon. The We are BRAVE program engaged people-of-color-led organizations new to reproductive justice by using an intersectional lens that incorporated racial, gender, and economic justice. Western States Center worked with BRAVE partners and the Pro-Choice Coalition of Oregon during the 2015 legislative session to advocate for expanded access to reproductive health care, including abortion, for communities currently excluded from coverage, including immigrant and undocumented women, laying the groundwork for greater health equity.