CityMatCH Learning Network

The CityMatCH Learning Network consists of a quarterly series of calls/webinars available to the entire MCH community, providing training and technical assistance on emerging MCH issues and the most identified needs of CityMatCH members. CityMatCH action group co-leads provide strategic input in the planning of webinars to ensure these webinars hit the mark.  


2022 Webinar Series

  • April 19, 2022 – 1:00 PM CST – Reproductive Health Policy: Discussing NIRH’s Local Index and Its Effect on Local Policies featuring Anjali V. Salvador (she/her) and Arpita Appannagari (she/her). 

During this webinar, representatives from the National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) will discuss ways that city and county officials can advance proactive reproductive health policy.

The first half of the presentation will focus on NIRH’s Local Index, a tool evaluating the reproductive health, rights, and justice policies of 50 cities, which also provides a roadmap for cities to put policies in place to become more equitable communities. Cities play an incredibly vital role in protecting access to abortion and other reproductive health services, and you will hear about the role that city officials can play in creating a “Model City.”

The second half of the presentation will spotlight various policies that cities and counties around the country have already enacted, including but not limited to municipal funding for abortion care, protective measures for abortion clinics, and defensive work against local abortion bans and fake clinics.

Meet the Speakers:

Anjali V. Salvador (she/her) is a Policy Counsel at the National Institute for Reproductive Health, providing legal and policy guidance to state and local advocates across the country on issues ranging from insurance coverage for doula care to municipal funding for abortion. Prior to joining NIRH, she worked as an abortion rights litigator at the ACLU of Texas, a litigation associate at a large law firm in New York City, and a federal judicial clerk. In her spare time, she represents young Texans who need abortions at their judicial bypass hearings, serves on the National Network of Abortion Funds Board of Directors, and sits on the Community Power Building for Birth Justice steering committee led by the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective. Anjali holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, a J.D. from Columbia Law School, and an LL.M. from the London School of Economics. She is based in Houston, Texas.

Arpita Appannagari (she/her), MPH, is the Policy and Partnerships Manager at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. At NIRH, Arpita supports partners in their progressive and proactive work – from policy advocacy to coalition building and beyond. Arpita also supports partners in capacity building and skills development across areas of expertise within NIRH and within the movement at large. Arpita currently serves on the board of former NIRH partner The Beautywell Project and continues to support local, NYC South Asian-led organizing efforts. Prior to NIRH, Arpita worked in harm reduction, person-centered advocacy, and policy change for people living with HIV as well as international gender-based violence and reproductive health and rights work with refugees. Arpita is from Indiana, currently based in Brooklyn, and is a Hoosier through and through. In her free time, she likes to foster dogs or otherwise work with animals, crochet for all her baby and animal friends, and reads in parks. 


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