t he National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) builds power at the state and local level to change public policy, galvanize public support, and normalize women’s decisions about abortion and contraception. Using a partnership model, NIRH provides state and local advocates with strategic guidance, hands-on support, and funding to create national change from the ground up.
In creating this Local Index, NIRH has built upon its long history of policy advocacy across the country, including a decade of experience at the local level. In 2008, NIRH launched the Urban Initiative for Reproductive Health to serve as a catalyst for progress for reproductive health, rights, and justice. At the time, not many advocacy efforts focused on the local level, despite the robust possibilities for cities and counties to advance reproductive freedom. Since then, NIRH has provided more than $5 million in direct funding and millions more in hands-on support to more than 170 organizations in 43 states including 64 localities.