Fall River
Menstrual Equity Initiative

Mass NOW in partnership with Fall River Mayor Paul Coogan, United Neighbors of Fall River and the Fall River Coalition Against Period Poverty was awarded a grant through the Commonwealth's Community Empowerment and Reinvestment program to provide free menstrual products & menstrual equity workshops in Fall River schools, shelters and community centers.

survey for people with periods in fall river

We're conducting a series of focus groups and surveys to understand the needs of low income people with periods. Our goal is to increase access to period products in schools, shelters, community centers, and other spaces within the Fall River community and beyond.  

This survey is for people who use and need access to period products in Fall River.  

Questions? Reach out to Lauren at 


101 Training

Wednesday, May 25 12:30pm - 2:30pm
via Zoom. 
Register at bit.ly/3j4ahdq

Participants will learn the basics of reproductive health (specifically menstruation and menstrual hygiene management), understand the importance of addressing period poverty and other forms of period trauma, examine the role of fathers and menstrual hygiene management and identify tools for supporting youth and adults who menstruate. 2 CEUs Awarded

ZOom & Learn
men & Menstration

Wednesday, June 14, 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Register here!

Men For Menstruation is a two-hour course for men and anyone who works with men to help men understand menstruation, get access to tangible resources, and gain confidence to support menstruators in their lives and break the period taboo. 2 CEUs Awarded

Advisory Group

Our Advisory Group includes stakeholders working on this grant program to share best practices on menstrual product distribution, and how we can meet the needs of people who menstruate living in or near poverty in Fall River. We will share a report in summer 2022  with recommendations for best practices for period poverty policy implementation. This initiative is co-facilitated by Sasha Goodfriend, Executive Director of Mass NOW and Lauren Leonardis of Mother and Changemaker Consulting Inc. 

Ali Bettencourt

April Fuches

Bria Gadsden

Charlotte Powley

Deloris Joseph

Elaina M. Pevide

Genesis Galan

Lee LeBlanc Corrigan

Leimary Llopez

Maryellen Brisbois

Meg Rogers

Michaela Gagne

Sara Rodrigues

Wendy Garf-Lipp

South Coast Hospital Group

Bristol County DA

Love Your Menses

Simmons University

Dartmouth Youth representative

Fall River Mayor's Office

Representative Carole Fiola's Office

Citizens For Citizens Family Planning

YW of Southwest Massachusetts

UMASS Nursing School

United Way Greater Fall River

Diman Vocational HS

Fall River School Committee

United Neighbors of Fall River