PUBLIC POLICY PROGRAM
ARJ began the Women’s Summit in 2007, our signature event. Each March women from all over the State of Alaska travel to Juneau for a multi-day training in the legislative process. While there participants are provided an opportunity for advocacy and interaction with their representatives while attending committee meetings and luncheons with State Representatives and Senators. Many participants leave the conference motivated to remain active in their local politics, and some have even decided to run for office! The theme for the 2012 Women’s Summit is – The Next 20 Years: Achieving Equality for All Alaskans.
PUBLIC EDUCATION PROGRAM
Healthy Sexuality Week
Together with the University of Alaska Anchorage Health and Counseling Center, ARJ co-sponsors Healthy Sexuality Week each Valentine’s week. The purpose of this week-long program is to educate students about safe sex, making good and healthy choices about sex and how to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancies, rape and sexually transmitted diseases. ARJ sponsored educational events, distributed condoms and went on the radio to talk about making healthy choices about sex. The closing event for this coming year will be an evening event with Dan Savage, syndicated columnist and writer of Savage Love. ARJ has also sponsored educational events on environmental reproductive health issues, hosts Health Women House Parties
ALASKA ACCESS PROGRAM
Training Alaska’s Healthcare Workforce
ARJ is the only organization working with professional organizations to offer accredited training on reproductive health issues, from unbiased options counseling for unplanned pregnancy to breast cancer treatment and advances in research, our Access Program is providing critical training for health care providers in Alaska. We’ve worked with the Alaska Academy of Family Physicians, Alaska Pharmacist’s Association, American College of Nurse Midwives (Alaska Chapter), public employees in the state and local health departments and more.
Alaska Book of Choices
NEWS ALERT! The Alaska Book of Choices is being updated and a new version will be available in 2012. If you have ideas or information we should know, please get in touch.
This is an 84-page book of in-depth resources for unplanned pregnancy and family planning , including abortion providers in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. The Book covers everything from adoption to Emergency Contraception, from the fertility awareness method of birth control to abortion, and from parental resources to the law. New sections offer counseling options, information about resources for victims of domestic violence and a visual timeline of choices during pregnancy. The Book was produced with the support of the Elihu Foundation and was initially produced by the Juneau ProChoice Coalition. The Book of Choices may be accessed and downloaded online here (PDF format, 400+ kb) or email or call us for printed copies.
Pauline’s Abortion Loan Fund
Named in honor of the late Pauline H. Utter, a dedicated advocate for reproductive rights, Pauline’s Abortion Loan Fund makes interest-free loans to Alaskan women who need help paying for an abortion. Contributions to the fund are welcome and are tax deductible. NOTE: No loan services are available at this time.