CHICAGO, IL — (Effingham Radio) — State government accepting grant applications until February 9 to increase capacity to provide safe abortion and other reproductive health services
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced that through February 9, grant applications for $2 million will be accepted from qualified groups in Illinois to provide training to improve access to safe, high-quality reproductive health care, including abortion. The Abortion Provider Capacity Building Grant Program is open to local health departments and nonprofit community agencies with a proven track record in providing reproductive health training and services.
Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2022 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization This removed the U.S. Constitution’s right to abortion and allowed states to restrict abortion. While Illinois guarantees the right to abortion under state law, many surrounding states impose restrictions on abortion. While the number of abortions provided to Illinois women declined slightly in 2022, the number of abortions provided to out-of-state residents increased by 49%, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
“Access to safe abortion depends on the availability of trained providers,” Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Sameer Vohra said. “Following the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision, the need for abortion services has increased in Illinois. Under the leadership of Governor JB Pritzker, Illinois is committed to providing resources to improve training and guidance so that our health care providers can Providing a full range of reproductive health services to Illinoisans and people coming to our state.”
Governor Pritzker announced last year that the state was taking a series of steps to improve access to abortion and other reproductive health care in Illinois. These include establishing the CARLA (Complicated Abortion Regional Helpline) hotline, a partnership involving state agencies, hospitals and the Chicago Abortion Foundation. The hotline is designed to help patients with complex medical needs who require hospital services navigate the spectrum of abortion providers and receive the appropriate level of care.
The Illinois Department of Public Health is also creating a Reproductive Health Public Navigation Hotline that will help patients, regardless of complexity, find and navigate care, including those from out of state. The public navigation hotline will direct patients with complex medical conditions to the CARLA system and low-risk patients to non-hospital care networks.
The new program builds on those efforts and aims to increase the number of providers trained to provide comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion services, by implementing a mentorship program in which clinicians directly observe providers and provide Provider learning. It also aims to provide a collaborative learning opportunity where clinicians can learn how to safely prescribe medical abortion. The plan also asks grantees to prioritize training, including providing trauma-informed and gender-affirming services, with a focus on addressing health equity issues.
The Illinois Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) efforts align with those of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologies to support expanding abortion education and increasing the number and types of abortion providers trained to ensure Get safe abortion.
This funding opportunity is provided through the Illinois Department of Public Health, Office of Women’s Health and Family Services. The application process is open to local health departments and community organizations with 501c3 non-profit status. Applications will be processed through the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Electronic Grant Management System (EGrAMS), which is open to qualified groups.