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RSP's Programs


Zine & Blog for Reproductive Health

 

We currently offer a peer education program for young adults (15-21 years old), which focuses on the art of Zine & Blog creation. Zines are self-published magazines that we use to prioritize the voices of young black girls. We use this medium to engage young people as peer educators and   leaders into the discourse of reproductive health and associated diseases. The peer educators use the knowledge they acquire to train their own peers and create well thought out zines.

 
Education & Outreach

This program brings a new dimension to the public discourse of reproductive health and challenges the deleterious consequences of these diseases and associated burdens in our lives and communities. We offer intensive training workshops that take coherent approaches informed by thoughtful analysis to include discussions the aforementioned diseases and related issues such as:

 

  • The lack of attention to these diseases in the lives of black women
  • Under-diagnosis and under-treatment of these disease in black women
  • The effects of stress, environmental toxins, and endocrine-disruptor chemicals on the reproductive system
  • Synthetic hormones in food
  •  Racial/root causes in health and socioeconomic disparities
  • Gender/racial stereotypes
  • Oppressive cultural and gender based violence
  • Policies that only require personal lifestyle behavior changes—without requiring system/institutional changes
  • The importance and need of community activism and organizing
  • Linguistic and cultural barriers

We offer a blend of interactive public events and focus groups. These services represent a source of information for the women we serve, as well as local schools, colleges, churches, ESL programs, women-centered programs, health and community centers, and a myriad of other grassroots organizations. We also provide medical accompaniment upon request for medical advocacy and personal support.

 
Sisterhood Empowerment Circle

This group mobilizes black women and our allies to critically examine the external factors/systems that make us and our young girls more vulnerable to these diseases. It provides a safe environment to talk and organize around current concerns regarding our reproductive health and various political, public health, and social policies—as we simultaneously explore our resiliency and strengths.

 
The Wisdom Corner for Reproductive Health

This program is designed for women of African descent over the age of 55 years old to increase awareness and foster an empowering mature woman-to-woman corner about reproductive health and diseases of the reproductive system. Workshops and training activities will include discussions on the aforementioned diseases and related to topics such as:

  • Expanding the dialogue of reproductive health concept beyond childbearing age and motherhood
  • Defining  and raising our concerns into the discourse of reproductive health concerns  
  • Recognition of special reproductive health needs of older women
  • Gynecological cancers in older women of African descent
  • Benefits of physical activities and emotional well-being in relation to reproductive health
  • Learning and caring for our reproductive health as we age
  • Sorting out routine check-ups and screenings
  • Healthy food choices
  • Traditional storytelling to address complex issues

 
Intergenerational Quilt Project

This quilt project is a subcomponent of the Wisdom Corner for Reproductive Health program.  It brings together cross-generations of older black women and young adults between the ages of 15 to 21 years old as community health leaders to address diseases of the reproductive system that have affected their lives across generations. The quilt making is used as a catalyst for this cohort   to seek empowering solutions to health concerns through dialogue/lectures, traditional storytelling, healthy cooking, and physical/social activities. We plan to incorporate social media as an interactive tool to promote this project.