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Through our policy program, we advocate for policies that reduce disparities and improve the health of families by guiding research priorities and making research findings accessible. To do this, we develop and maintain strong relationships with community and advocacy groups, hold an annual conference, and distribute evidence-based policy analyses to a broad audience.
The Section and EverThrive Illinois (Formerly Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition) co-sponsored the Illinois Contraceptive Equity Summit on August 20, 2014. The summit was organized to address challenges to contraceptive access so that all Illinois women and their families can make decisions about reproductive health free from coercion and discrimination. A panel of experts discussed issues affecting access to family planning health services. Visit our Conferences webpage to read a summary of the panels and see video of the event.
Sexual and Reproductive Health & Justice Blog
In honor of the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, view a recent post highlighting 2012 policy trends and related research on our Reproductive Health & Justice Research blog.
Abortion Access Roundtable
The Section successfully held a roundtable and workshop on access to abortion care in Chicago, with support from the Urban Initiative of the National Institute for Reproductive Health. More than 50 participants working in fields connected to reproductive health, rights, justice, and well-being joined the discussion to increase our understanding of current barriers to abortion in the Chicago area, suggest areas for further research, and identify opportunities to improve access. Several key proposals to improve abortion access emerged over the course of that day. One such proposal was the development of a guide for health and social service providers to help navigate clinical, legal and financial barriers to abortion access in Illinois.
Successful Conference on Adolescent Reproductive Health
Thanks to all who joined us for our conference on May 10! Our wonderful panels of speakers examined current adolescent reproductive health disparities, innovative approaches to overcoming barriers to care (e.g., HPV shots in schools, text messaging and promotional campaigns for long-acting contraception), and new efforts to involve and empower youth in their own care (using digital media game design, youtube videos and teen ambassadors who educate providers). Visit our webpage to see info and photos!
New Reproductive Health & Justice Research Blog
Visit our new resource which highlights recent research findings in the field of reproductive health and justice.
Read our recent article on RH Reality Check
The article discusses our study showing that in addition to affordable birth control, teen moms need support from providers, family, and friends when choosing an IUD as their contraceptive method.