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Voices From the Field

Check out the newest "Voices From the Field" featuring Young Women United Executive Director Tannia Esparza. Young Women United was one of the organizations in Albuquerque that joined the Respect ABQ Women Campaign and worked to successfully defeat the first-ever municipal attempt at restricting access to safe and legal abortion.

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The Urban Initiative for Reproductive Health is a groundbreaking, multi-year initiative to create and promote real policy solutions to address the reproductive health challenges facing cities today.

The Urban Initiative (UI) employs four strategies to promote real policy solutions to the reproductive health challenges facing cities today:

Clearinghouse

The Urban Initiative Online Clearinghouse is a centralized source of useful resources and promising models for those who work to improve reproductive health outcomes at the local level. Here advocates and experts can find and disseminate best practices, model policies and programs, and information and ideas on issues specific to urban areas.

Impact Report

Over the past five years, the Urban Initiative has worked across 30 cities in 24 states, with various organizations, individuals & elected officials, to promote change & build relationships among local communities working to improve reproductive health outcomes in their municipalities. Read about the UI’s work promoting reproductive rights, health, and justice in our Impact Report.

Building a Movement

The Urban Initiative’s on-the-ground work continues beyond online networking with hands-on technical assistance and timely resources created to arm advocates with the tools they need to spearhead city-level improvements in reproductive health. By investing in partners, disseminating resources, and bringing people together, the Urban Initiative has helped create a movement.

Supporting Local Initiatives

Through the Urban Initiative, the National Institute for Reproductive Health is committed to supporting innovative local initiatives that meet the goals of forging partnerships between elected officials and advocates, and of creating and promoting real policy solutions to address urban reproductive health issues.

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