The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Grants Management has announced that Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region will receive a grant of $395,000 a year for the next three years to provide Title X Family Planning services.
These services include birth control and related health care, annual well-woman exams and cancer screenings and STD testing. Planned Parenthood in Memphis had provided these services under the Title X family planning program for more than 30 years until last year when the Shelby County Health Department awarded the funding to Christ Community Health Services, over the objections of Planned Parenthood patients.
"This grant award means that Planned Parenthood will be able to resume providing essential health care services to the low income women and teens who depend us every day to help them plan their families,” said PPGMR CEO Barry Chase. It means our patients who qualify will be able to get the confidential, unbiased care they need from the provider they prefer and trust."
PPGMR is in communication with HHS about the grant award and will issue more information soon about when the Title X services will resume at its health center at 2430 Poplar Avenue.
Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region (PPGMR), founded in 1938, is an affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. PPGMR’s mission is to ensure broad public access to reproductive and related health care through clinic services, education, advocacy and community partnerships in serving 42 counties in West Tennessee, North Mississippi and East Arkansas.