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PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF NEW YORK CITY RECIPIENT OF MARY BYRON PROJECT’S 2012 CELEBRATING SOLUTIONS AWARD (4/20/12)
(New York, NY) – On Monday April 16th, Planned Parenthood of New York City was presented with the Mary Byron Project’s Celebrating Solutions Award for its innovative work in combating the cycle of intimate partner violence (IPV). The Mary Byron Project is a nationally recognized thought leader on domestic violence that cultivates and supports efforts to attack the root cause of the epidemic. Planned Parenthood of New York City was one of four recipients chosen out of 250 applications nationally.
“We are honored to have been recognized by the Mary Byron Project for the IPV screenings we conduct at our health centers. As a provider of reproductive health services it is critical that providers recognize the association between IPV and sexual reproductive health as a health issue that requires universal screening and appropriate follow-up,” said Joan Malin, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of New York City.
For over twenty years procedures, responses, and provider attitudes towards IPV screenings have varied widely. Most research has focused on evaluating screening methods at primary health care settings and emergency rooms, rather than in reproductive health care settings. Planned Parenthood of New York City recognized the importance of incorporating brief standardized screening questions to identify clients who had experienced sexual and physical assaults by intimate partners –and in collaboration with Columbia University –developed a new screening tool for IPV in an effort to increase disclosure rates.
Since 1916, Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) has been an advocate for and provider of reproductive health services and education for New Yorkers. Serving more than 50,000 clients annually, PPNYC’s health care centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island offer reproductive health services, including gynecological care, contraception, pregnancy testing, abortion, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and HIV testing and counseling. Through a threefold mission of clinical services, education, and advocacy, PPNYC is bringing better health and more fulfilling lives to each new generation of New Yorkers. As a voice for reproductive freedom, PPNYC supports legislation and policies to ensure that all New Yorkers—and, in fact, people around the world—will have access to the full range of reproductive health care services and information.