The NYBCAP Associate Board is made up of nearly 30 young people from across New York, and their enthusiasm for this project is an accelerant to the NYBCAP mission.
The members collaborate with the NYBCAP Staff and Board of Directors to promote reproductive health, justice and rights by engaging in community-based education and advocacy. Through consistent relational organizing and programming support they educate, motivate and empower others to raise their voices about the need for affordable and accessible birth control.
The Associate Board of NYBCAP is in high gear with its endeavors to increase access points to birth control for New Yorkers. Currently, the Associate Board is steering a campaign to bring vending machines stocked with emergency contraception to college and university campuses, transit stations and other public spaces.
About the campaign
Emergency contraception is a safe form of birth control which is available over-the-counter in pharmacies and can be easily and discreetly dispensed from vending machines. Across the United States, campuses are installing vending machines for emergency contraception and citing several reasons why their students are supportive of the measure, including patients’ preference for anonymity and privacy, 24/7 availability and the convenience of vending machine locations.
Proof of concept exists in New York, as several college campuses already have emergency contraceptives available in vending machines. Additionally, “wellness machines” selling over-the-counter products like pain relievers and cold medicine already exist in New York City Transit stations, could be stocked with emergency contraception as well.
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the Associate Board program.