Appalshop's Appalachian Media Institute and Community Media Initiative Making Connections News are proud to announce a new project! In Kentucky, 47% of pregnancies are unplanned with only 9 clinics in a 10 county radius offering a full range of contraception. These are the kind of numbers that lead to the new collaborative project called All Access EKY, in partnership with the Kentucky Health Justice Network, and The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
The goal of the project is to help increase the number of clinics that offer a full range of birth control (including long acting reproductive contraceptives such as IUDs), increase knowledge about contraception and how to access it, and to mobilize the community to support access throughout eastern Kentucky. We have a growing steering committee of local health care providers and community stake holders to help direct the project and connect the work within their home and communities.
The role of AMI and Making Connections is to create and amplify stories that reveal the gaps and opportunities in local reproductive health care and connect individuals in our region to the care and contraception they need. With an incredible team of youth documentarians, we are working to create compelling multimedia pieces that break down the stigma surrounding reproductive healthcare and birth control.
On Wednesday, November 15th, we teamed up with our partners at the National Campaign to help celebrate the national day of #ThxBirthControl. Along with outlets like Bedsider and Refinery 29, our Fellows participated in a nationwide twitter chat that you can follow and read by searching on twitter using the hashtags #ThxBirthControl and #R29xBedsider. We also observed the day by creating a video and radio PSA to celebrate the reason why family planning and healthy periods have been made possible.
We are currently building our new website, but until then you can check us out on Facebook by searching All Access EKY or follow us on twitter at @allaccesseky. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our steering committee please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact AMI's All Access EKY Director, Willa Johnson, at email@example.com
All Access EKY is made possible through the generous support of the Educational Foundation of America.