The Reproductive Health Access Network – RHAP’s national community of pro-choice providers who work locally and across the country to expand access to reproductive health care – is growing every day. Since the election, we have established 13 more Clusters in 12 more states, and we’ve also been working with leaders in several more states. Many of these states are places where RHAP hasn’t had a lot of Network members, including Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Since March 2017, membership has grown over 50%, adding 600+ members to the Network. Currently, we are connected with 1,900 clinicians across 46 states and Washington D.C.- and even abroad! With this expansion, our Clusters have been able to mobilize in new and exciting ways, pushing their community-based work to new heights. We are so grateful for and inspired by the ongoing leadership of our Network members, especially in these challenging times.
Most of our Clusters are in the midst of setting their programming for the spring and summer months. For example, our Idaho Cluster is hosting their third meeting, a screening of Birthright: A war story, followed by a discussion with representatives from Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. As a long-term goal, they plan to do more legislative outreach, especially as it relates to “physician-only” laws within their state. On the West Coast, our Northern California Cluster is working on finalizing their next meeting, where they will focus on developing their knowledge of reproductive justice and the role of medicine in this movement. Dr. Aisha Wagner, former RHAP fellow and current PRH LTA fellow, will facilitate a conversation about the historical context of the reproductive justice movement and how clinicians can apply principles of reproductive justice to their clinical and advocacy work. These are just two of our many Clusters planning exciting things this spring.
If you are a clinician and would like to join the Network, please sign up here. If you are a provider living in an area where we have a Cluster and would like to be connected, please email Laura Riker, Senior Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.