Native American Community Board – NM

NIRH worked with the Native American Community Board (NACB) in Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota in 2015 to launch an education and media campaign in around newly written policies that require that Emergency Contraceptive/Plan B® be available over-the-counter at all Indian Health Service (IHS) units. NACB hosted meetings across the three states, reaching and training over 90 Native women as advocates and educators in their communities. NACB also held their first webinar training for advocates and counselors who would otherwise have found it difficult to travel to their training sites. Additionally, NACB implemented a very successful media strategy resulting in over 18 national and international news stories focusing on Native women’s reproductive justice issues. Going forward they will continue to work with IHS to ensure that policies are fully implemented and Native women have access to EC.