The Foundation supports organizations and programs that recognize and promote health as a fundamental right and necessity for achieving and sustaining individuals’ complete mental, spiritual, political, economic, and social well–being. An organizing principle of NYWF funding in this area is that, as women, girls and transgender individuals become informed about and take control of their health, they are better able to advocate on their own behalf and those of their families and communities. Preference is given to groups that emphasize peer education and outreach, organizing, advocacy, and/or policy work, rather than solely the provision of direct services.
The Foundation is particularly interested in organizations and/or programs that:
- Ensure access to high quality, comprehensive health care services and information – such as, reproductive, sexual, HIV/AIDS, mental, maternal, and primary health care – that are linguistically and culturally appropriate as well as medically and scientifically accurate;
- Ensure access to health insurance, benefits, and other subsidies for which individuals are eligible;
- Protect and promote human rights related to sexuality and reproduction within a social justice context;
- Protect and promote the right to clean indoor and outdoor environments in which to live, work, and play as well as to healthy, affordable food.