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Session: Can WE Work with THEM? Developing New Partnerships to Address Reproductive Health Care
5186.0: Wednesday, November 10, 2004: 2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Can WE Work with THEM? Developing New Partnerships to Address Reproductive Health Care
In the increasingly hostile political environment in Washington and many state capitols, reproductive rights organizations are in danger of being marginalized by partnerships of anti-choice groups, fundamentalist Christian forces and conservative politicians that are joining to successfully promote an extremist anti-woman policy agenda. In response, some reproductive health leaders and organizations are recognizing the need to seek new allies and form broader coalitions working for womenís rights and patientsí rights. Among these potential new allies are LGBT health organizations, anti-sexual assault coalitions and groups dedicated to the health needs of immigrant women and women of color. This session will explore the advantages for the reproductive health community of forming strong working partnerships with these potential allies, as well as the barriers that have impeded such partnerships in the past, including differences in organizational culture, mission and resources. Presenters will describe specific strategies that have been used to overcome such barriers in recent partnerships formed between reproductive health organizations and such groups as the NAACP, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and several organizations representing immigrant women, Latinas and lesbians.
Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to: 1. Recognize the advantages for reproductive health providers and advocates of forming partnerships with potential allies outside the traditional reproductive rights community, including LGBT groups, immigrant organizations, anti-sexual assault organizations and groups representing women of color. 2. Identify and address historic and cultural barriers to the formation of such partnerships, including differences in organizational culture, mission and resources. 3. Initiate steps to build trust between organizations interested in potential advocacy partnerships and arrive at compromises on proposed policies in ways that are consistent with each organizationís mission, culture and area of expertise. 4. Identify priority issues affecting women of colorís reproductive health and learn how to frame reproductive health and rights in a manner reflecting these priorities in order to promote better partnerships and working collaborations. 5. Identify barriers to reproductive health access for immigrant women and ways that reproductive health providers can deliver culturally-competent services to these women.
Moderator(s):Lois Uttley, MPP
2:30 PMOn a mission to meet our reproductive and sexual health care needs: Latinas taking action to ensure reproductive health access  [ Recorded presentation ]
Lourdes A. Rivera, JD
2:44 PMBuilding partnerships to increase immigrant women's access to reproductive health care  [ Recorded presentation ]
Karen L. Anderson, MEd, MPH, Maud Easter, MA, Sang Hee Won
2:58 PMLessons from the field: Developing a reproductive health agenda with the NAACP  [ Recorded presentation ]
Jill C. Morrison, JD
3:12 PMPregnancy prevention for rape survivors: Forming advocacy partnerships between reproductive health and anti-sexual violence groups to improve care  [ Recorded presentation ]
Jessica B. Fisher, MPP, Lois Uttley, MPP, Carol Petraitis, Barbara Sheaffer, MA, Karla Vierthaler, MPA
3:26 PMCauses in common: Reproductive rights and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender liberation  [ Recorded presentation ]
Carmen Vazquez, MSed, Terry Boggis
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:Population, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health
Endorsed by:Community Health Planning and Policy Development; Community Health Workers SPIG; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Caucus of Public Health Workers; Public Health Education and Health Promotion; Public Health Nursing; Socialist Caucus; Women's Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

The 132nd Annual Meeting (November 6-10, 2004) of APHA