Healthy and Free Tennessee is a network of agencies, organizations, and individuals working together to promote sexual health and reproductive freedom in the state of Tennessee.

Our organizational focus is on the intersections of racism, the criminal legal system, and reproductive justice. We fight to improve access to reproductive health care for marginalized communities and fight punitive policies that seek to criminalize reproductive outcomes.

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    Tennessee Urban Heat is an Emerging Threat to Reproductive Justice, But You Can Help

    From Guest Columnist MTSU Professor Adelle Monteblanco: Many TN residents are quite familiar with what scientists call the urban heat island effect: when our cities experience warmer temperatures than nearby suburban and rural areas because of how well the surfaces in each environment absorb and hold in heat. With our global climate heating up, Nashvillians and Knoxvillians can expect to encounter hotter summers, with dire health consequences for some of our most vulnerable residents. Read on to find out how extreme heat exposure may worsen the U.S. maternal health crisis and a local volunteer opportunity in August to map the hottest parts of these two cities.
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    Eviction Court Watching Reveals Concerning Reproductive Injustice and Housing Inequity

    Check out this blog post from our Summer Policy Intern, PY Liu:   To halt the spread of COVID-19, the CDC issued a moratorium in September of 2020, preventing landlords from evicting their tenants so that they don’t enter congregated spaces such as homeless shelters dense with COVID transmission. But the imminent end of the CDC moratorium on July 31st means Nashvillians unable to make rental payments are on the edge of losing their homes while the lethal Delta variant of COVID looms over Tennessee. The morning of July 13th, eighteen days before the expiration of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) eviction moratorium, I walked through the entrance of the Justice A.A. Birch Courthouse in downtown Nashville with the rest of the Healthy and Free Tennessee staff. I expected to see tenants and landlords coming to court to resolve their conflicts through equitable negotiation, but what I found was that tenants were having a difficult time defending themselves and utilizing the very CDC order designed to protect them.
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