142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Nuestro Texas: Reproductive health, rights, and justice for Latinas in the Rio Grande Valley

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 : 1:30 PM - 1:50 PM

Karina Garcia, MA, BA , National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, New York, NY
Katrina Anderson, LL.M., J.D., B.A. , Center for Reproductive Rights, New York, NY
In 2011, the Texas legislature cut two-thirds of its family planning funds and promulgated a regulation prohibiting Planned Parenthood—the state’s largest family planning provider—from receiving state family planning funds. While these policy changes impacted women across Texas, these cuts fell most harshly on Latinas, particularly immigrants living in the medically underserved Rio Grande Valley (the Valley). The policy changes to the reproductive health safety net resulted in the closure of frontline family planning clinics and services in the Valley virtually overnight, leaving low-income people with limited access to affordable family planning services, preventive screenings for reproductive system cancers, and testing and treatment for STIs. As a response, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and the Center for Reproductive Rights launched a human rights based campaign to mobilize residents of the Valley to organize and advocate for expanded access to sexual and reproductive health care. The Nuestro Texas campaign, which is centered on a human rights framework, integrates a multi-platform campaign to bridge community mobilizing and policy advocacy at the state and local levels. The presentation will show how this unique partnership is addressing health disparities for immigrant women and Latinas and effectuating change at the local, state and national levels. The presentation will explore how this model can translate to mobilization and advocacy change with respect to the rights and health of other marginalized populations. Finally, participants will learn how human rights strategies can facilitate policy change in regards to health access concerns, particularly in the realm of reproductive and sexual health care.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Identify the reproductive and sexual health disparities and health access concerns of immigrant Latinas in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Identify policy barriers and social determinants of health that impact immigrant Latinas access to reproductive and sexual health care in Texas. Discuss findings and best practices of a multi-platform campaign that uses the human rights framework to advance reproductive and sexual health care for marginalized populations. Discuss how a multi-platform campaign can translate to other health issues impacting the rights of women and LGBTQ immigrants.

Keyword(s): Advocacy, Women's Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Since 2011, I have led the Center's work to integrate international human rights into U.S. legal strategies. With 15 years of experience in human rights advocacy and documentation, I developed the Center's focus on expanding affordable reproductive healthcare to immigrant women. I was the lead researcher on the fact-finding project with NLIRH in the Rio Grande Valley and authored the joint report that laid the foundation for the Nuestro Texas campaign.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.