We must affirm and center the experiences and voices of communities who have been directly impacted by reproductive oppression to achieve reproductive justice. EverThrive Illinois is committed to working in solidarity with—and being accountable to—people on the ground through community-driven partnerships, policy action, and systems-change projects.
We partner with communities to learn their needs and priorities firsthand. By engaging community members throughout the state, we can better speak to and shape the programs and policies that impact them directly.
We are a connector and a convener. We foster collaboration and innovation between community members, health care providers, social service professionals, and elected officials to close gaps and advance health equity.
We organize campaigns and amplify collective voices to advocate for legislation and policies that center communities, improve quality and access to care, and eliminate health inequities.
Our approach to change relies on our five strategic priorities coming together and building off each other. They drive us to foster a healthier, stronger state where everyone is thriving.
EverThrive Illinois Strategic Priorities
Achieve birth equity: We will ensure that pregnant and postpartum people in Black and Brown communities receive the high-quality care and services they need to have safe and healthy births.
Increase vaccine confidence: We will provide community-centered education to address the root causes of vaccine reluctance, including systemic racism within the health care system that breeds mistrust.
Advance contraceptive justice: We will work to ensure that all people have the social, political, and economic power, rights, access, and resources to receive contraceptive care that maintains bodily autonomy.
Expand access to comprehensive health care: We will secure high-quality health insurance for all people and the holistic health care they need to thrive. We will also partner with health care and social service professionals to close the gaps.
Live our values: We will increase our staff capacity, resource development, and board effectiveness, centering our values in our organizational practices to achieve greater impact and strengthen our leadership statewide.