All Access EKY is an initiative coordinated by Appalshop, the Kentucky Health Justice Network, and Power to Decide.
Each partner provides expertise in a core area of our project mission-- from community-based storytelling as a tool for social change, to better birth control training, and increasing reproductive justice through education, outreach and direct support.
Appalshop is in its fifth decade using cultural organizing and place-based media, arts and education to advance social justice, environmental sustainability, and economic equity. Located in the central Appalachian coalfields in Whitesburg, KY (population 2,500), Appalshop’s mission is to enlist the power of art to document, interpret, and revitalize the traditions and contemporary creativity of Appalachia; to tell stories the commercial cultural industries don’t, challenging stereotypes with Appalachian visions and voices; to support communities’ efforts to achieve justice and equity; to promote cultural diversity, pluralism and human rights as positive social values; and to participate in regional, national, and global movements toward these ends.
Appalshop began in 1969 as a “War on Poverty” media training program for youth, and the Appalachian Media Institute continues that tradition. AMI has developed a methodology of place-based media education that is rooted in a strong foundation of ethics, hands-on engagement and learning, and peer-to-peer exchange.
AMI Strives to:
Build the confidence levels and creative capacity of central Appalachian youth, and position them as initiators of dialogue and social action around crucial community issues.
Provide innovative community-based media arts training opportunities that are college accredited, nationally recognized, and fundamentally transformative.
Provide youth with an avenue to explore the history, traditions, and issues of their communities and develop positive attachments to their communities, cultures, and region.
Develop the skills and behaviors that prepare young people to be successful in school, higher education, and the workforce, and overcome the barriers to educational attainment that exist in many struggling communities.
Highlight rural voices to inform national audiences of the unique challenges facing Appalachian youth and their communities.
Enable our participants to become informed, tolerant, and engaged citizens who recognize the interconnectedness between Appalachia and the rest of the world.
Kentucky health justice network (KHJN)
KHJN supports achieving autonomy in our lives and justice for our Kentucky communities. KHJN advocates, educates, and provides direct services to ensure all Kentucky communities and individuals have power, access, and resources to be healthy and have agency over our lives.
KHJN provides direct services through the KHJN Support Fund, a staff-supported network of volunteers who help people seeking abortion with financial assistance, transportation, interpretation, and more.
KHJN reaches out to the broader community with "What is Reproductive Justice?" workshops to explore the issues that members of our communities care about, and how those issues relate to reproductive justice. Through a "What is RJ?" presentation, you can learn about the history of the framework, contexts it is used in currently, and why it's different than the pro-choice framework.
KHJN, in collaboration with partners like the T STAR Lab, investigates how trans, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming people in Kentucky access healthcare, and how to ensure healthcare is affordable, responsive, respectful, and inclusive for these communities.
KHJN also facilitates a monthly queer health conversation group. Anyone who identifies as LGBTQIA+, queer, or beyond heteronormativity, and who wants to grow and learn, is welcome to join and ask questions respectfully. We also hold movie nights, book clubs, variety shows, and more.
KHJN shares information about available supportive services that will help all Kentuckians realize their right to health and self-determination. KHJN spreads the word and supports positive policy development by backing our ally organizations. To get updates, join our mailing list or follow us on social media using the button on this page.
Power to Decide
Power to Decide works to ensure that all young people—no matter who they are, where they live, or what their economic status might be—have the power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant. We do this by increasing information, access, and opportunity.
Power to Decide works toward three goals:
Reduce teen pregnancy rates by 50 percent by 2026.
Reduce unplanned pregnancy rates among women age 18–29 by 25 percent by 2026.
Reduce racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in teen and unplanned pregnancy rates by 50 percent by 2026.
Our approach focuses on five key strategies we believe are critical in reducing unplanned pregnancy among teens and young women:
Making it the norm among young people to act consistently with their decisions about if and when to get pregnant.
Ensuring that all young people have a champion, mentor, or social network with which they can discuss sex, relationships, and their futures.
Ensuring that everybody has reliable, resonant, and accurate information about sexual health, including all contraceptive methods.
Ensuring that everybody has access to the full range of contraceptive methods within 60 minutes of where they live.
Making pregnancy planning standard practice in settings influential in the lives of young people.
In order to succeed in this approach, we provide trusted, high-quality, accurate information—backed by research—on sexual health and contraceptive methods so young people can make informed decisions. Our strategies—and their corresponding activities—are designed to address the complex factors that lead to unplanned pregnancy through policy, research, capacity building, convening, and strategic communications.
By building the power to decide, our work creates opportunities for young people to get informed, take control, and advocate for themselves—and to protect the amazing life opportunities that lie ahead.
The All Access Steering Committee
A key component of this work is convening a committee comprised of individuals from various sectors – health care, education, social services, policymakers, consumers, and other leaders – that represent the Appalachian Kentucky community. The role of the committee is to guide the community assessment, identify key priority areas, develop an action plan, monitor implementation of the action plan, and evaluate project initiatives.
Steering Committee Members are crucial partners in this work.
Committee Members Roles and Responsibilities:
Attend at least four in-person meetings over one year
Participate in conference calls or webinars in between in-person meetings to help advance the work
Serve as a champion of the project
Work with the project team to ensure that there is broad and diverse representation on the committee and that the committee is able to articulate the needs of the community
Connect the Project Team to key stakeholders within the community
Share information about the project with others in the community
Commit to a year-long participation
If you would like to join our Steering Committee as a community stake holder, please contact us. We are always looking to have new and passionate individuals who wish to help increase access to birth control in the region.