WHAT WE DO
Healthy and Free Tennessee (HFTN) is a statewide reproductive freedom organization working to promote sexual and reproductive health and freedom through policy & legislation, education & analysis, cross movement building & alignment, and leadership development. As the only statewide reproductive freedom network, we act as a bridge for people and organizations across the state to show how movements and issues are interconnected and to strengthen our supporters’ capacity to advocate for themselves and their communities. Since our founding in 2012, we have grown into a network of over 50 organizational partners and over 8,000 supporters. Since 2014, our organizational focus has been on the intersections of racism, the criminal legal system, and reproductive freedom. We work to improve access to reproductive health care to marginalized communities and fight punitive policies that seek to criminalize reproductive choices and outcomes.
HOW WE DO IT
Policy & Legislation: Each year we compile the state’s most comprehensive reproductive freedom policy watchlist and use our legislative work to inform and activate supporters, including an annual advocacy day for our supporters to talk with their legislators. We work to pass legislation like SB1839 Tennessee Prenatal Care in Jails and Prisons. We also provide retrospective and current policy analysis to inform movement strategy. We recently published a report analyzing legislation impacting reproductive freedom from 2011-2020 - read the report here Tennessee Over Ten.
Education & Analysis:We educate policymakers, organizations, and the public through trainings, workshops, and convenings. We also provide education through public media and communications about our issues (including print, billboards, radio, etc), using bold messaging that is designed to draw connections between movements and issues.
Cross-Movement Building & Alignment: We work at the intersections of race, the criminal legal system, and reproductive justice to create opportunities for activists to collaborate and build relationships across sectors. We are the only organization of our kind in Tennessee--a statewide network that convenes people across the state, and regionally via SEARE. By convening organizations and groups across movements and issues, we facilitate relationship building, increase collaboration, and demonstrate the importance of cross-movement analysis and organizing in order to build power in Tennessee and across the southeast region.
Leadership Development: We are committed to building the bench of reproductive freedom leaders through youth engagement and leadership development programs and trainings.