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Raising Women’s Voices (RWV) has a special mission to engage women who are not often invited into health policy discussions, including women of color; low-income women; immigrant women; young women; women with disabilities; and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and intersex (LGBTQI) community.

A recap of our Raising Women’s Voices work and that of our regional coordinators

RWV Roundup: January 2019

By: Kalena Murphy

By Kalena Murphy Speaking Out to Protect Health Care We spoke out against two proposed Federal regulations that would harm women and LGBTQI people. We elevated the issues, facilitated the submission of organizational comments to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and encouraged thousands of people to submit their own comments opposing the…

RWV Roundup: Summer 2019

By: Kalena Murphy

Speaking Out to Protect Health Care We spoke out against two proposed Federal regulations that would harm women and LGBTQI people. We elevated the issues, facilitated the submission of organizational comments to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and encouraged thousands of people to submit their own comments opposing the regulations. The first…

RWV Roundup: Summer 2020

By: Kalena Murphy

By Kalena Murphy Turning Out Women Voters! Women’s health is on the line this year in elections that will determine our next President, control of Congress, and the balance of power in state legislatures nationwide! RWV is making sure women voters are well-informed about what’s at stake, the issues, important election dates, and their rights…

RWV Roundup: January 2020

By: Kalena Murphy

By Kalena Murphy Raising Women’s Voices in the South In October, RWV staff and coordinators attended the Annual Community Catalyst Convening in Atlanta, GA. How do reproductive justice (RJ) advocates keep going in Southern states where abortion is under increasing attack and progress is slow on priorities like expanding Medicaid? Kwajelyn Jackson, Executive Director of…

RWV Roundup: September 2019

By: Kalena Murphy

By Kalena Murphy Raising Women’s Voices (RWV) has a special mission to engage women who are not often invited into health policy discussions, including women of color; low-income women; immigrant women; young women; women with disabilities; and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and intersex (LGBTQI) community. Our 25 Regional Coordinators (RCs) help…

RWV Roundup: January 2018

By: Kalena Murphy

By Kalena Murphy Each year, Raising Women’s Voices (RWV) regional coordinators (RCs) gather for an Annual Convening, which offers time to come together and find solidarity, energy, inspiration, and new directions for our work at the state and local levels, as we continue fighting at the Federal level. It’s a time for all of us…

About the Author

Kalena Murphy

Kalena Murphy was the Senior State Advocacy Manager for the NWHN’s Raising Women’s Voices initiative from 2017 to 2021, responsible for strengthening and expanding the RWV network of regional coordinators in targeted states. She provided strategic support, technical assistance, organizational capacity building, customizable campaign assets, and networking resources to RWV regional coordinators while proactively monitoring developments in the field. She also led the NWHN’s sub-grant process, which includes a bi-annual funding cycle, and coordinated RWV’s annual 2-day conference. She represented RWV as a speaker at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Black Women’s Roundtable National Summit, among other conferences, and served as advisory committee member for the Take Root: Red State Reproductive Justice conference.

Throughout her career, she has worked to elevate marginalized voices in health policy conversations and expand health access. Prior to joining the NWHN, Kalena served as Navigator Coordinator for Enroll Michigan and chair of the Enroll West Michigan coalition. Her accomplishments include developing and supporting outreach, education, partnership, enrollment strategies and efforts that resulted in Enroll Michigan ranking in the top 10 for ACA enrollment. Her experience includes work on Affordable Care Act implementation and health insurance marketplaces, Medicaid, outreach and enrollment, mobilizing coalitions and stakeholders, and social determinants of health. Kalena received personal recognition from the Obama Administration for best practices in outreach and enrollment implementation. She has a Bachelor of Science in biomedical science from Grand Valley State University.