In 2021, we founded the Policy Working Group focused on increasing access to contraception through legislative or regulatory advocacy. This is a cohort of graduate students or graduate track students who explore problems and develop potential policy solutions in collaboration with other organizations, professionals, and experts. The Policy Working Group receives mentorship in research and policy making and speaks with elected leaders and agencies across New York State.
The Policy Working Group is currently researching the need for increased access to contraceptives and sex education for youth in foster care. Additional areas of interest include publicly funded awareness campaigns around extended supplies of birth control and legislation to increase access to contraception for undocumented New Yorkers.