About

Reproductive Health Alliance (RHA) is a consortium of reproductive and sexual health providers, leaders and advocates from across the state whose mission is to guarantee access to reproductive health care in Minnesota.

RHA’s membership includes a variety of leading health care organizations, independent nonprofit community clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and advocacy organizations. All are designated as essential community providers by the Minnesota Department of Health. Our over 70 clinic locations provide vital health care services to tens of thousands of low-income or uninsured women, men and families across Minnesota.

History

RHA began as Minnesota SAFPlan (Statewide Association for Family Planning), a coalition of organizations and individuals that came together in 1990 to address the problem of inadequate state-subsidized family planning funding for safety net family planning providers across the state.

In 2009, member organizations embarked on a strategic planning process; the result was the decision to create a 501c4 organization to directly lobby the MN Legislature. The Reproductive Health Alliance of MN (RHA) was formed. Today, RHA is made up of several member organizations and  individual providers and advocates who are fiercely committed to providing high quality, culturally competent, accessible reproductive health services to individuals in need across Minnesota.

Priorities

RHA believes in a future where all Minnesotans have access to reproductive health care and education. Legislative priorities change each session and are informed by the legislative agenda, the current fiscal realities and challenges of our membership, and the reproductive health needs of Minnesotans. However our main focus has been and will remain ensuring access to high quality reproductive health care in Minnesota.

Member Impact:

RHA member organizations annually:

  • Provide preventive reproductive health care to over:
    • 25,000 teens and young adults under the age of 18
    • 150,000 individuals ages 19-26
  • Serve a patient population that is over 50% uninsured, and nearly 85% low income
  • Enroll tens of thousands of individuals in the Minnesota Family Planning Program
  • Provide evidenced based health education to thousands of teens and at-risk young adults in corrections, shelters and alternative learning centers
  • Save the state and taxpayers an estimated $4.80 per dollar spent

RHA Leadership

Board Officers
Board President: Alissa Light, Executive Director, Family Tree Clinic
Vice President: Ellen Young, Government Relations Director, Planned Parenthood North Central States
Treasurer: Gerilyn Hausback, Executive Director, myHealth for Teens and Young Adults
Secretary: Gloria Ferguson, Director, Health Start School-Based Clinics

Board Members:
Brian Russ, Executive Director, Annex Teen Clinic
Lynda Bennett, Executive Director, Face to Face Health and Counseling Services, Inc.
Tina Welsh, Individual Member
Laurie Casey, Executive Director, Women’s Health Center Duluth
Betty Nelson, Executive Director, Outlook Clinics
Jennifer O’Brien, Henne-Teen Program Coordinator, Hennepin County Medical Center
Jane Laine, Director, Whole Woman’s Health Twin Cities