What We Do
While RSP does not provide direct services, we play a critical educational role for our community members, faith-based organizations, immigrant service providers, women’s shelters, policymakers, educational institutions, grassroots organizations, and health care providers.
We mobilize black women and immigrant women of African descent to challenge existing medical/social inequities and advocate for health improvements regarding the chronic under-diagnosed and under-treated diseases of the reproductive system that disproportionally affect us.
Our programs and services represent venues of support for activism, empowerment, and organizing. We provide both structured and informal interactions to provide culturally sensitive and safe spaces where women of African descent can speak freely and inquire about reproductive health conditions about which we lack knowledge and may feel great anxiety and concerns.
On a policy level, we denounce legislative policies that jeopardize even routine sexual and reproductive health care access that disproportionately affect black women, immigrant women and currently/formerly incarcerated black women.
Our projects take coherent approaches informed by thoughtful analysis to include discussions around:
Medical, emotional, financial, physical, and social burden to navigate these diseases
Racial/root causes in health disparities
Racial stress and embodied trauma — “weathering”
Health and socioeconomic disparities
Endocrine-disrupting chemicals that affect reproductive health
Exposure to environmental toxins and legacy pollutants
The importance of community activism and organizing
Policies aimed solely at personal lifestyle behavior changes — without systems/institutional changes