Activist Conference


Our Activist Conference brings together nursing students, nurses, and allies in SRH from across the country to expand their knowledge base and build community. In addition to providing educational sessions that equip participants with skills to provide full-spectrum sexual and reproductive healthcare; we also provide sessions that focus on organizing and advocacy strategies; and presentations that examine key issues in the sector that impact SRH provision. The conference also provides an invaluable opportunity for participants to reconnect and forge new connections.

Because we will be hosting more regular regional events throughout the year, we are moving to a bi-annual conference, rather than an annual conference. This means that we will be hosting our next conference in 2021.

#NursesRising2019 Conference Recap

This year we really focused on creating a program that would appeal to nursing students, professional nurses, and other allies in the field. Our presenters were a diverse group representing key ally organizations throughout the sector including: Provide, The Bronx
Defenders, The Feminist Women's Center, NFPRHA, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and SisterSong, to name a few. Session topics were equally diverse and spanned core issues in SRH, RJ, and RR with a mix of clinical training, advocacy and policy, research, and leadership development. Some of the topics included: Leveraging Social Media for Nursing Activism, Gender Affirming Hormone Therapy in an Abortion Care Setting, The Fight for Title X in Congress and in the Courts, The Papaya Workshop, and a closing plenary focused on Increasing Nurse Engagement in the Fight for Reproductive Justice. See the link below for the full conference program.



In addition to all of this rich and thought-provoking content we also love to party! We believe it is critical for the providers, activists, and world-changers to carve out space to take care of ourselves and each other so that we have the strength and energy to give joyfully. To that end, we also created opportunities to relax, connect, and enjoy one another's company.




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 Attendee Snapshot


There were nearly 150 attendees at #NursesRising2019! Over 43% of our conference attendees came from the Southeast, with over 35% of attendees coming from the great state of Georgia! In all, we were proud to bring people from 28 different states and 23 different colleges and universities! We also welcomed more providers than ever before with a whopping 43% identifying as professionals in nursing! NSRH students continue to be the driving force behind NSRH’s work toward the future of healthcare. We were honored to provide 31 scholarships to students from 13 colleges and universities!

This year’s conference provided many opportunities to learn about reproductive justice, racism in healthcare, and the need to support nurses of color in the field of sexual and reproductive health. Of the 143 people who provided their racial background, 36% identified as Black, Asian, or of mixed race. Over 8% of attendees identified as Latino/a/x or Hispanic and 38.2% identified as LGBTQ.



Special Thanks to Our Sponsors




Special Thank You's

We'd like to give some additional appreciation to folks who made our event extra special!

Our 23 amazing volunteers who helped to make all of this happen

Emory University's Volunteer Doula Program for the incredible hand massages during our welcome celebration

Kwajelyn Jackson for opening our conference by grounding us in the work being done on the front lines of sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice in Georgia

Planned Parenthood Southeast for support in developing and facilitating the lunch strategy session for nursing professionals and

NARAL Prochoice GA and the Reproductive Health Access Project for partnering with us to host the Saturday night happy hour

All of our amazing presenters and speakers for your energy, your work, and for the engaging spaces that you held for us all!


Previous Conferences

2018 Conference 2017 Conference