1933: The Year It All Began

celebrating 80 years

Franklin D. Roosevelt was sworn in as president. The 21st Amendment, repealing prohibition, was ratified. Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge began in San Francisco. A gallon of gas cost 10 cents! And the first medical center, which would later become affiliated with Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, opened in Mount Vernon. The year was 1933.

Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic was born out of the need for reproductive services by small groups of women in Westchester, Rockland, Suffolk, and Putnam counties. They wanted to improve the lives of those who were struggling financially with no access to birth control or other services that could help them live happier, healthier lives.

Funded entirely through their own donations of time and money, the work done by these women is the earliest documented evidence of Margaret Sanger’s “planned parenthood” movement in Westchester County. It is from these small beginnings that PPHP traces its early years. Subsequently, women's health centers opened in Rockland, Suffolk, and Putnam counties, born from the same compassion and desire to give women control over their reproductive futures.

PPHP has been impacted by negative cultural issues, political pressure, and health care developments, yet we continue to expand and adapt to meet the changing needs of a diverse community. A growing number of women, men, and families benefit from our quality health care, unbiased education, and persistent advocacy efforts. PPHP remains the trusted provider of these services and programs in our region.

In 2012, more than 33,000 women, men, and teens were served with high quality, compassionate care at 11 centers. That's a long way from the 382 exams provided over a six-month period in 1935.

Today, PPHP is proud to be the largest provider of reproductive health care in the region and is committed to ensuring women, men, and teens receive comprehensive and compassionate health care and information for many more years to come.

See a video of PPHP’s 75th anniversary celebration in 2008.  See photos of PPHP's 80th anniversary celebration in 2013.

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