Who We Are & What We Do
Organizing at the intersections of racial, economic, and reproductive justice, Holler Health Justice builds power with Appalachian communities and individuals most disproportionately affected by health inequities, including Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), those in rural areas, those with low income, and LGBTQIA+ folk.
We envision an Appalachia where all people have power, access, and resources to be healthy and have agency over their lives.
We value accountability, autonomy, community, joy, mutual aid, pleasure, transparency, and trust.
Our History & Work
Holler Health Justice (HHJ) was founded by a group of young reproductive health, rights, and justice activists looking to meet the substantial need of funding and practical support for West Virginians seeking abortion care. With guidance from the National Network of Abortion Funds and our kin at Kentucky Health Justice Network, HHJ launched in August 2018 to become the first and only financial and practical abortion support fund in West Virginia.
Led by a majority BIPOC, queer, and low-income board of directors, HHJ believes that those directly impacted by an issue are best positioned to design and lead solutions. In addition to abortion funding and practical support, HHJ expanded its scope of work in 2019 to meet additional health equity needs of West Virginians and Appalachians by providing free emergency contraception, harm reduction materials and services, and ID obtainment.
As of 2020, HHJ offers the following programs and services throughout West Virginia and Appalachia:
Highlights from 2019...
We provided $101,983 in abortion funding & practical support to West Virginians, Appalachians & others.
of free emergency contraception across West Virginia.
321 people obtain abortions throughout primarily Appalachia & the South.
Our Fiscally Sponsored Projects
HHJ's fiscally sponsored projects are BIPOC- and queer-led efforts that further our mission of building power with Appalachian communities and individuals most affected by health inequities, and organize at the intersections of racial, economic, and reproductive justice. Learn more...
Our board of directors help guide the mission, vision, and values of Holler Health Justice. To be representative of the communities and individuals we're focused on lifting up and helping to build power—communities and individuals most disproportionately affected by health inequities—our board is majority BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and low-income.
Neera (she/her) is a writer and social justice activist, with a background in marketing and media. Born in New Dehli, India, Neera resides in Huntington, West Virginia, with her partner and two children.
Hayley (she/her) is a nonprofit social media consultant. Originally from Tennessee, she is a first-generation college graduate, currently pursuing an MSPH with a focus on reproductive health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She's previously held positions at Rewire.News and Reproaction.
Britt (she/her) is a Mexican-American environmental justice activist and grassroots organizer living in Fayette County, West Virginia. In addition to HHJ, she serves on the board of Call to Action for Racial Equality (CARE) Coalition.
Shayla (she/her) hails from Oakland, California, but calls West Virginia home. She is an entrepreneur, singer, and radio host, as well as the board president of Black Lives Matter West Virginia.
Hunter (he/they) is an economic justice activist and grassroots organizer. A single parent, they live with their daughter in Charleston, West Virginia.
Ixya (she/ella) is a proud daughter of Guatemalan and Mexican immigrants. A recent first-generation college graduate of West Virginia University, Ixya is a field organizer at Planned Parenthood Votes! South Atlantic.
Our co-directors drive the day-to-day efforts of Holler Health Justice, including organizing logistics and raising resources to provide practical and financial support to West Virginians and Appalachians seeking abortions; overseeing our free emergency contraception program and harm reduction efforts; and recruiting, training, and managing our regional network of volunteer leaders.
Chela (they/them) is a founding co-director of HHJ, where they lead the organization's free emergency contraception and harm reduction programs, as well as volunteer network.
Residing in Fayette County, West Virginia, Chela is a self-described "mexi-billy," with parents from both Mexico and rural West Virginia.
Specializing in grassroots organizing, they have worked on numerous political campaigns and with advocacy and social justice organizations across the country—from local city council and U.S. congressional races to Greenpeace International and the Sierra Club.
Peshka (she/her) is a co-director and prior board member of HHJ, where she leads the organization's communications, mobilization, and voter engagement efforts.
Peshka is a U.S. Army Veteran, single mother, and Afrolachian artist from Parkersburg, West Virginia.
As an abortion storyteller, Peshka has shared her story on national television and traveled across the country, speaking with elected leaders and presidential candidates to encourage them to stand with reproductive rights. Peshka was recognized for her work in reproductive health access as a 2017 Mary J. Blige honoree at the ESSENCE Festival. She previously served on the board of Planned Parenthood Votes! South Atlantic.
Caitlin (she/they) is a founding co-director of HHJ, where they lead the organization's operations, financial management, and abortion funding efforts.
Hailing from the southern coal fields of West Virginia, Caitlin is a first-generation college graduate and the granddaughter of Mexican immigrants.
Named a leader in the movement for reproductive justice in Appalachia by Rewire.News, Caitlin's writing on reproductive and economic justice in Appalachia has been featured in HuffPost, VICE, and more.