Hewlett Foundation Awards $1.15 Million to Improve Access to Reproductive Health Care

Hewlett Foundation Awards $1.15 Million to Improve Access to Reproductive Health Care

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, California, has announced five two-year grants totaling more than a million dollars to improve access to reproductive health care for women of color, low-income residents, and teenagers.

The grant recipients are: the San Francisco-based Latino Issues Forum ($300,000) to collaborate with California Latinas for Reproductive Justice in Los Angeles to build a network of advocates and public support for reproductive health and rights of California Latinas; Washington D.C.-based Choice USA ($300,000) to create youth clubs, train young activists, and reach out to ethnic youth groups; Atlanta-based SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective ($200,000) for multiple projects, including the convening of its 2007 national conference; the Women's Policy Institute of the Women's Foundation of California ($200,000) to sponsor up to six fellowships to train women advocates for reproductive health in the state; and Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice in Oakland, California ($150,000) to educate and mobilize low-income Asian women, girls, and their communities, nationwide.

Research shows that the populations these groups serve are significantly affected by healthcare policy but often have the least say in its formulation. However, differences in culture, age, and economics can be a crucial hurdle to extending voluntary family planning and good reproductive health care to everyone — a strategic goal of the Hewlett Foundation's population program.

"Broadening the Voices for Reproductive Health Care." William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Press Release 09/28/2006.