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.

Local Support for Restoring Insurance Coverage for Abortion Care

The Urban Initiative for Reproductive Health has worked with several cities across the country in 2012 and 2013 who have taken action to demonstrate their support for comprehensive reproductive health care for all women, calling on federal and state politicians to reinstate coverage for comprehensive reproductive health care services, including abortion. Learn more about this work and how your city can get involved here.

2014 Urban Initiative Partners

The Urban Initiative for Reproductive Health is pleased to support the following projects in 2014.

Supporting Local Reproductive Justice Initiatives and Capacity-Building

The Afiya Center will create and lead the Black Woman’s College RJ Movement at colleges in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. This program will provide training and networking opportunities to members of black women-led student organizations with the long-term goal of building a local reproductive justice movement. The Black Woman’s College RJ Movement will also link reproductive justice to voting rights education, and build the capacity of members to become leaders in voter education and getting out the vote in their communities.

The Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR) will grow the Latinas Increasing Political Strength (LIPS) program, a leadership program for young women in the Denver metro area, by engaging a larger cohort of participants and mentors and building stronger connections between the LIPS program’s advocacy training and COLOR’s field work. Specifically, LIPS participants will support and monitor the implementation in Denver of the recently passed Human Comprehensive Sexuality Act that provides funding for comprehensive sexuality education in Colorado schools.

Faith Aloud will engage and train women of color in St. Louis communities of faith to be reproductive justice leaders. This training will include opportunities to engage with the Faith Aloud constituency, build relationships with local policymakers, and develop leadership skills. The long-term goal for this coalition is to overcome religious stigma towards women, their health, sexuality, and personal decisions, and to strengthen future efforts to implement proactive local and state policies.

Led by NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, the North Minneapolis Chlamydia Partnership (NMCP) will begin implementation of its newly-developed strategic plan to reduce chlamydia rates in Minneapolis. In order to listen and learn from young leaders in the community, they will develop an online and social media presence and create a Youth Champions leadership council, offering training to 15-20 young people in sexual health and community organizing. Urban Initiative funding will also support ongoing coalition-building for NMCP.

2013-2014 Urban Initiative Partners

The Urban Initiative for Reproductive Health is pleased to support the following projects in 2013.

Advancing Abortion Coverage and Access

The Chicago Abortion Fund and the Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU in Chicago will partner to advocate for local actions in the Chicago City Council and Cook County Board of Commissioners in support of restoring full public insurance coverage of abortion care. This resolution builds on the Urban Initiative’s 2012 work in coalition with the All Above All campaign, which has already resulted in four local resolutions in support of abortion coverage.
Southwest Women’s Law Center and Young Women United will help launch the Respect ABQ Women campaign to defeat a citywide ballot initiative that would ban later abortion, jeopardizing a clinic that serves as a vital abortion access point for the southern corridor of the U.S. SWLC and YWU will share the lessons learned throughout the campaign with advocates in the Urban Initiative network.

The University of Chicago Section on Family Planning and Contraceptive Research will develop a toolkit for health care and social service providers on the current legal landscape of abortion access in Chicago, discussing barriers to access and how they can be navigated. This resource will also guide advocates and health care workers on the recently enacted parental notification requirement.

Empowering Youth and Advancing Comprehensive Sexuality Education

In New Orleans, the Institute for Women and Ethnic Studies (IWES) will establish a youth coalition and a community coalition to work with the New Orleans City Council and School Boards to implement comprehensive sex education in schools.
In Memphis, SisterReach will partner with local youth to achieve passage of a resolution in support of comprehensive sex education in Memphis City Schools, a response to Memphis City School’s recent adoption of “opt-in” sex education.
Supporting Reproductive Justice

Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region is convening a Reproductive Health and Justice Roundtable to develop the Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Network (BWRJN), a coalition of key local advocates and grasstops leaders devoted to protecting and promoting reproductive justice for women of color in St. Louis.

Surge Northwest is convening a Reproductive Health and Justice roundtable to establish a coalition dedicated to advancing immigrants’ reproductive health in Seattle. The event will identify local policy initiatives that can improve immigrant women's access to comprehensive, culturally responsive, quality reproductive health care.

Previous Years' Partners

Read the list of 2012 Urban Initiative State and Local Grantees.

Read descriptions of the 2011 Local Policy Initiatives & Reproductive Health and Justice Roundtables grantees.

Read descriptions of the 2010-2011 Urban Initiative Grants: Successes in Improving Urban Reproductive Health.

Read descriptions of the 2010 Policymaker Roundtables and Policymaker Leadership Institutes.

Read descriptions of all 2010 and 2009 grantees and grant-supported projects.

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