All Access EKY is an initiative coordinated by the Kentucky Health Justice Network, Appalshop, and Power to Decide that is made possible through the generous support of the Educational Foundation of America. 

Each partner provides expertise in a core area of our project mission-- from community-based storytelling as a tool for social change to better birth control training and reproductive healthcare justice through education, outreach and direct support. 


Appalshop 

Appalshop founded the East Kentucky Reproductive Healthcare Project in 2011 to impact reproductive healthcare outcomes in Southeastern Kentucky through intergenerational storytelling. In 2016, Appalshop was proud to join forces with the Kentucky Health Justice Network and Power to Decide to reinvigorate and build upon this important work within the context of our current federal administration. 

Appalshop's mission is to enlist the power of education, media, theater, music, and other arts to: 

document, disseminate, and revitalize the lasting traditions and contemporary creativity of Appalachia; tell stories the commercial cultural industries don’t tell, challenging stereotypes with Appalachian voices and visions; support communities’ efforts to achieve justice and equity and solve their own problems in their own ways; celebrate cultural diversity as a positive social value; and participate in regional, national, and global dialogue toward these ends.


Kentucky health justice network (KHJN)

KHJN supports Kentuckians towards achieving autonomy in our lives and justice for our communities. KHJN advocateseducates, and provides direct services to ensure all Kentucky communities and individuals have power, access, and resources to be healthy and have agency over our lives.

Direct Services

KHJN provides direct services through the KHJN Support Fund, a practical support abortion fund. The Fund is a staff supported network of volunteers who help people seeking abortion with financial assistance, transportation, interpretation, and more. 

Education

KHJN reaches out to the broader community with "What is Reproductive Justice?" workshops to explore the issues that members of our communities care about, and how those issues relate to reproductive justice. Through a "What is RJ?" presentation, you can learn about the history of the framework, contexts it is used in currently, and why it's different than the pro-choice framework.  

KHJN, in collaboration with partners like the T STAR Lab, investigates how trans, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming people in Kentucky access healthcare, and how to ensure healthcare is affordable, responsive, respectful, and inclusive for these communities. 

KHJN also facilitates a monthly queer health conversation group. Anyone who identifies as LGBTQIA+, queer, or beyond heteronormativity, and who wants to grow and learn, is welcome to join and ask questions respectfully. Together we create an intentionally radical space where we work together on each others' issues and focus on anti-racist, anti-heterosexist, anti-transmisogynistic and anti-cissexist practice. We discuss mental, emotional, and physical health topics identified and agreed upon by the group. Some discussion topics recently have included the Affordable Care Act, endocrinologists and health providers in our area, sexuality such as safe bondage and consent practices, dealing with community members who treat us poorly, and self-care. 
  
We also hold movie nights, book clubs, variety shows, and more. 

Advocacy

KHJN shares information about available supportive services that will help all Kentuckians realize their right to health and self-determination. To get updates, join our mailing list or follow us on social media using the buttons at the top of this page!

KHJN spreads the word and supports positive policy development by backing our ally organizations, such as:


Follow these organizations (and their allies, too!) to stay in the loop about issues that affect all of us.

KHJN supports Kentuckians towards achieving autonomy in our lives and justice for our communities. We advocateeducate, and provide direct services to ensure all Kentucky communities and individuals have power, access, and resources to be healthy and have agency over our lives.
 


Power to Decide

Power to Decide works to ensure that all young people—no matter who they are, where they live, or what their economic status might be—have the power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant. We do this by increasing information, access, and opportunity.

Power to Decide works toward three goals:

  1. Reduce teen pregnancy rates by 50 percent by 2026.

  2. Reduce unplanned pregnancy rates among women age 18–29 by 25 percent by 2026.

  3. Reduce racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in teen and unplanned pregnancy rates by 50 percent by 2026.

Our approach focuses on five key strategies we believe are critical in reducing unplanned pregnancy among teens and young women:

  1. Making it the norm among young people to act consistently with their decisions about if and when to get pregnant.

  2. Ensuring that all young people have a champion, mentor, or social network with which they can discuss sex, relationships, and their futures.

  3. Ensuring that everybody has reliable, resonant, and accurate information about sexual health, including all contraceptive methods.

  4. Ensuring that everybody has access to the full range of contraceptive methods within 60 minutes of where they live.

  5. Making pregnancy planning standard practice in settings influential in the lives of young people.

In order to succeed in this approach, we provide trusted, high-quality, accurate information—backed by research—on sexual health and contraceptive methods so young people can make informed decisions. Our strategies—and their corresponding activities—are designed to address the complex factors that lead to unplanned pregnancy through policy, research, capacity building, convening, and strategic communications.

By building the power to decide, our work creates opportunities for young people to get informed, take control, and advocate for themselves—and to protect the amazing life opportunities that lie ahead.

works to ensure that all young people—no matter who they are, where they live, or what their economic status might be—have the power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant. We do this by increasing information, access, and opportunity. 


The All Access Steering Committee

A key component of this work is convening a committee comprised of individuals from various sectors – health care, education, social services, policymakers, consumers, and others – that represent the Appalachian KY community. The role of the committee is to guide the community assessment, identify key priority areas, develop an action plan, monitor implementation of the action plan, and evaluate project initiatives. 

Steering Committee Members are crucial partners in this work. 

Committee Members Roles and Responsibilities:

  •  Attend at least six in-person meetings over one year
  • Participate in conference calls or webinars in between in-person meetings to help advance the work
  •  Serve as a champion of the project
  • Work with the project team to ensure that there is broad and diverse representation on the committee and that the committee is able to articulate the needs of the community
  • Connect the Project Team to key stakeholders within the community
  • Share information about the project with others in the community
  • Commit to a year-long participation

If you would like to join our Steering Committee as a community stake holder, please feel free to contact us.  We are always looking to have new and passionate voices of those who wish to help increase access to birth control in the region.

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