Lauren Paulk is the Research Counsel for If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice. She focuses on in-depth legal research in support of If/When/How’s litigation and policy team and state and grassroots advocates. Prior to joining If/When/How, Lauren led state policy work related to reproductive health, rights and justice as Policy Counsel at the National Partnership for Women & Families; tracked and analyzed state bills on reproductive rights and health as a Senior State Legislative Fellow with the Center for Reproductive Rights; worked at the intersection of reproductive justice and LGBTQ liberation as an If/When/How Reproductive Justice Fellow at the National Center for Lesbian Rights; and supported young people in forming healthy relationships as a AmeriCorps Teen Advocate with Home Free. Lauren is a 2013 graduate of CUNY School of Law.
Join Provide and key program partners for a webinar series designed exclusively for supporters of reproductive health. We’ll cover the following topics:
Speaker: Lauren Paulk, JD
Speakers: Candace Taylor, Tamika Jackson, and Taylor Raye
Candace Taylor combines her client-centered case management experience with compassion for supporting people living with HIV. She joined AIDS Alabama South in 2016 as a Case Manager, and in 2019 she accepted a new leadership role as Director of Programs and Case Management. At AIDS Alabama South, she has helped build a client-centered and robust team, providing services that include treatment adherence management, coordination and follow-up of medical treatments, essential life-sustaining services, client advocacy, and referrals to needed services. As part of such services, she facilitated the development of substantive resources for the ARAP program serving eight counties in rural Alabama. In 2018, she incorporated structural improvements for the expansion of services to the agency’s food and hygiene pantry. The project contributed to an increased number of clients who could receive food and hygiene supplies each month. Also, Candace helped guide the organization’s transitional housing program. By revamping qualifications that allow case managers to connect with clients directly to help them achieve goals such as obtaining stable housing that may help them reach an undetectable viral load. Candace’s compassion and devotion to serving individuals living with or affected by HIV through her approach of providing client-centered support is evidence of her dynamic and compassionate leadership characteristics. Candace Taylor received her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of South Alabama.
Tamika is currently a member of the National Harm Reduction Coalition’s HepConnect Team, in the role of Associate Director of Harm Reduction Resources, tasked with providing strategic support for the HepConnect Initiative aiming to reduce Hepatitis C through the expansion of harm reduction services and the build-out of a regional coalition to support 30+ grantees in WV, KY, TN, IN, and NC. Tamika has worked in Social Services and stigmatized heath topics for the past 20 years in Sex Education, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Suicide Prevention, Parenting Education and most recently Reproductive Justice with a focus on Abortion Referrals. A proud graduate of Alabama State University, a Historical Black University in the South, Tamika is a Certified Experiential Specialist working in the South to develop pro-Black and equitably sustainable organizations.