Our Partners in Rhode Island
We've worked with the following partners in this state to expand access to reproductive health care.
In 2021, NIRH worked with SISTA Fire in their mission to dynamically address the systemic racism and maternal health crises faced by Black womxn, womxn of color, and their children in Rhode Island, including the particular challenges for those giving birth in the state. NIRH joined with SISTA Fire in partnership with local doula-of-colors and Umoja Nia Collective to build a network of doulas and birth workers of color to pass private and public insurance coverage for doula care into law in Rhode Island. With support from NIRH, SISTA Fire also continued to lead and expand a community accountability process with Women and Infants Hospital in Providence, including in holding a community meeting with key staff from the hospital and presenting a petition and their demands as a collective.
Planned Parenthood of Southern New England
In 2014, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England worked to build the Rhode Island Coalition for Reproductive Justice by bringing in new members, reorganizing the organizational structure and leadership, and coordinating reproductive justice trainings for stakeholders. The strengthened coalition will drive a broad proactive policy agenda in Rhode Island, including increasing access to contraception and abortion, expanding insurance coverage for abortion and ending discrimination against pregnant women.