2023 Federal Policy & Advocacy Priorities
Health Equity, Care, Access
- Increase federal funding for the identification and amelioration of diseases and conditions that inequitably impact Black women, including those caused by social determinants of health.
- Invest in a diverse, representative, and responsive health care workforce that hears Black women, and require training on timely and appropriate treatment for all races and ethnicities.
- Expand access to mental health services.
Maternal Health and Pregnancy Care
- Increase funding for doulas and midwifery care in federal health care programs.
- Guarantee comprehensive holistic maternity care for at least one year postpartum.
- Pass federal law to ban the shackling of pregnant incarcerated people.
- Pass legislation to require comprehensive coverage for fertility care and treatment.
- End all federal bans on abortion care coverage.
- Pass the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance Act (EACH).
- Pass the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA).
Comprehensive Sexual Education and Contraceptive Equity
- Pass the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act to expand contraceptive access.
- Codify Title X family planning regulations.
- Expand funding for increased sexual and reproductive health education.
- Prevent “religious freedom” from blocking access to comprehensive sexual health education.
- Pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to ensure Black people can vote.
- Pass the For the People Act to address gerrymandering and reform campaign finance systems.
- Prioritize student loan debt relief.
- Pass a national paid leave program.
- Make child tax credits permanent.
Public Health and Community Safety
- Robustly fund the Sexual Assault Services Grant Program and sexual assault research
- Pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act
- Increase and protect funding for vital public health agencies and programs and reverse damaging rollbacks.
- Prioritize environmental justice in infrastructure funding implementation and future investments, including increasing access to clean water.
- Address the impacts of climate change on Black women, girls, and gender-expansive people.
What Can You Do?
- Read more about In Our Own Voice’s federal advocacy priorities for 2023 (PDF).
- Use our resources to advocate locally.
- Meet with your members of Congress or their staff.
- Attend a public forum or town hall and ask a question. Call the district offices of your senators and representative to request a list of events near you.
- Submit an op-ed to your local paper.
- Use Facebook or Twitter to engage your members of Congress.
- Send an action alert message to your members of Congress or call your members of Congress.
- Contact our government affairs staff for advocacy strategies and useful resources.