Featured Organization: National Institute for Reproductive Health

The National Institute for Reproductive Health (National Institute) works in states and localities across the country, including in New York, to promote reproductive rights and expand access to reproductive health care, including abortion; reduce unintended pregnancies; and empower youth to make healthy sexual and reproductive decisions. 

The National Institute develops and implements innovative and proactive approaches to galvanize public support, change policy, and remove barriers to care. By working through a partnership model to support local and state advocacy, the National Institute addresses issues of national significance and helps to shift the overall culture. On the state and local level, the National Institute has supported initiatives in more than 65 organizations across 33 cities and 29 cities, laying the groundwork for a long-term campaign to secure reproductive rights and health nationwide. The National Institute also develops positive and impactful education and advocacy campaigns and communication platforms in order to spotlight important reproductive health issues. 

Resources:

  • The "Maybe the IUD" Education Campaign provides useful information, including myths and facts, for young women considering intrauterine devices (IUDs) as a form of contraception. The National Institute for Reproductive Health developed the campaign in 2010 to raise awareness among a younger audience about the IUD. 
  • The Teen Outreach Reproductive Challenge (TORCH) is a nationally recognized program that combines peer sexual and reproductive health education and leadership training for New York City youth. TORCH Peer Leaders build their self-esteem, develop leadership skills, and learn to make responsible choices. They then share their knowledge with other teens by facilitating workshops around New York City. Click here to learn more about the workshops TORCH offers.
  • Building Momentum: Proactive State-Level Reproductive Health Legislation, Year in Review 2014 provides an overview of bills designed to improve reproductive health and advance reproductive rights that moved in state legislatures across the country in 2014. 
  • The National Institute tracks Community Trends, providing insight into the landscape of local-level policy on reproductive health, rights, and justice issues by connecting the dots between similar policies being implemented in cities and counties across the country. This covers both proactive and anti-choice policy trends. 

 

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