Health Justice

We believe in health justice, system transformation, and quality, affordable health care for all.

Too often, women of color and other marginalized communities have been subjected to and silenced by a health system riddled with racial bias and sexism. It continues today, it must change, and the National Partnership is here for it.

That means addressing the social factors that impact women’s health across their lifespans, including systemic racism and inequality.That means fighting to ensure access to quality, affordable health care as a basic human right. That means supporting Medicaid, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act — not repealing, sabotaging, or otherwise undermining these essential health programs for women. That means transforming how we pay for and deliver care to respond to the needs of women and families by engaging them as true partners in their health and care. This includes improving maternal care, experiences and outcomes, and addressing persistent disparities in mortality and morbidity. That means listening to women and training providers to deliver high-value care that is respectful and culturally responsive and truly meets people’s health-related needs.

And that means leveraging 21st-century technology to give families and providers information that supports care coordination and informed decision-making in private, secure, and accessible ways.

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Raising the Bar for Maternal Health Equity and Excellence

Health care provider institutions of all types – from hospital systems to independent women’s health clinics – have a pivotal opportunity to combat the maternal health crisis that has been generations in the making. We’ve created a practical guide to help them provide high-quality care tailored to the needs of individual birthing families.

Our Communities Hold the Solutions: The Importance of Full-Spectrum Doulas to Reproductive Health and Justice

Doulas provide invaluable support to pregnant and birthing people, but doula support is available across a wide variety of experiences, including abortion, miscarriage, and stillbirth – the people who provide this essential care are commonly called full-spectrum doulas.

Other Issues

Maternal Health

The National Partnership works to improve the quality and value of maternity care through consumer engagement and health system transformation.

Reproductive Rights

We believe all women must have the care and services needed for genuine reproductive autonomy.

Choosing Health Equity

Effectively advancing health equity requires dedicated efforts to generate and apply an evidence base that reflects the impacts of racial and gender discrimination, and other intersecting structures of disadvantage.

Digital Health

Health information technology (health IT) can transform relationships between consumers and their health care providers into partnerships that help patients and families take a more active role in managing care and improving health.