Grass Valley AAUW discusses federal impact on low-cost reproductive health care |

Grass Valley AAUW discusses federal impact on low-cost reproductive health care

Challenges in providing low-cost reproductive health care for women will be the topic of discussion at the Nov. 16 meeting of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Nevada County Branch. Guest speakers will be Katrina Maczen-Cantrell, executive director of Women’s Health Specialists (WHS), and Elaine Sierra, J.D., public policy director for Nevada County Citizens for Choice. They will discuss the impact of recent federal legislation on the ability of nonprofits to provide low-cost reproductive health care. Citizens for Choice and WHS are partners for “The Clinic!,” the reproductive health care clinic in Grass Valley. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Maczen-Cantrell is an alumna of the California Institute of Integral Studies. A member of the Western Shoshone Nation and inspired by her grounding in Native American culture, she has applied indigenous attitudes and techniques to her mission of keeping women’s health in women’s hands. In her role at WHS, she continues to work toward this goal by focusing on the pursuit of reproductive justice and cultural self-determination for indigenous and marginalized people, while providing contraceptive and reproductive health services and education to communities.

Sierra received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the U.C. Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). Her legal career included serving as a staff attorney for the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, congressional aide, legislative affairs staff member for a federal agency, and tax attorney. She has taken on a number of roles at Nevada County Citizens for Choice, which is a member organization of the California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom (CCRF), a statewide reproductive and sexual health, rights, and justice coalition of more than 30 independent organizations

The meeting will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 16 at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main Street in Grass Valley. The program begins at 10 a.m. and is free and open to everyone. AAUW membership is open to individuals with an associate, baccalaureate or higher degree from a qualified educational institution. For individuals interested in participating in branch interest groups and other activities, but who have not had the opportunity to complete a degree, the Nevada County Branch offers “Friends of AAUW” membership. For more than 75 years, the AAUW Nevada County Branch has been striving to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. For more information, visit or call 530-470-9395.

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