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Planned Parenthood

South Florida and the Treasure Coast

Our History

Our goals were, and remain, to provide reproductive healthcare to all people requesting such services and to educate the community in all areas of responsible human sexuality.

We've grown from a small storefront office with two employees offering only pregnancy testing and counseling services to more than 100 employees and nine Health Centers serving eight counties with an operating budget of more than $8 million.

Since 1971, our educational programs and low-cost medical and family planning services have served more than half-a-million patients, including at-risk teenagers, young male and female professionals, couples, and women in menopause.

Milestones

1971
Palm Beach affiliate founded by Harriette Glasner
Incorporated in December
1972
Counseling services held in storefront in West Palm Beach
Services expand to include education and pregnancy tests
Office moves to Unitarian Church
Staff consists of 20 volunteers and two paid employees
1973
Henderson Foundation provides $150,000 grant"part of which pays the salary of first Executive Director
1974
West Palm Beach center opens at 120 South Olive Avenue
Medical services commence
1975
Planned Parenthood Association of South Florida (Miami and Broward) is established
1976
Medical services begin at Boca Raton chapter
West Palm Beach center moves to 800 North Olive Ave
First fundraising fair organized
1977
First dinner-dance organized
1978
Belle Glade clinic opens
1979
Belle Glade clinic offers medical services with volunteer physicians
1980
Childbirth-preparation classes begin at West Palm Beach center
Palm Beach Guild organized
First affiliate newsletter published
Hobe Sound clinic opens
1981
Miami affiliate changes its name to Planned Parenthood Association of Greater Miami
First Victorian Picnic held at Flagler Museum
$1,200,000 building-drive launched
Hobe Sound clinic begins offering medical services
Boca Raton chapter becomes its own affiliate (Broward and South Palm Beach Counties)
West Palm Beach Guild organized
1982
West Palm Beach center moves to 5312 Broadway Avenue
Affiliate refuses $15,000 in Title X money from the government in order to protect patient confidentiality; decision is made to rely entirely on private donations and clinic fees
1983
First legislative reception held
Affiliate representatives organize protest against County Commission decision to stop treating new indigent patients because of budget shortfalls. As a result, prenatal clinics for indigent women are reinstated at the Health Department
Mens Guild forms
Faye Wattleton visits West Palm Beach center
Hobe Sound clinic moves to Stuart
1984
First annual Free Pap Day held
Education department holds first annual professional seminar
First Antique and Classic Car Parade organized to kick off Victorian Picnic
1985
Annual budget reaches $1 million
First annual Auction and Dinner held
Development and Finance departments are computerized
First Board/staff retreat held
Miami affiliate signs a management contract with PPH of the Rocky Mountains; Kendall office reopens
1986
Lake Worth clinic opens
Belle Glade clinic moves to new facility
Clinic services expand"begin offering Chlamydia testing
Affiliate receives Fairchild Award for high marks during recertification
1987
Clinic services expand to include vasectomies
Miami affiliate begins Community Awareness Sexuality Education program
1988
HIV/AIDS testing and counseling begins
Miami affiliate contract with PPH of the Rocky Mountains ends

1989
Children's Services Council sponsors male educator for affiliate
1990
Affiliate receives PPFA Award for Excellence in Public Affairs
Norplant offered as new method of contraception
Belle Glade clinic closes due to lack of funds
1991
Belle Glade clinic reopens after major appeal to donors
1992
Martin County center receives Childrens Services Council (CSC) grant for Teens Teaching Teens program working with peer educators
Miami affiliate begins offering HIV testing
Miami affiliate wins PPFA Affiliate Excellence Award for Achievements in Media Relations
Miami affiliate hosts first annual meeting with former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno
1993
Depo-Provera offered as a new method of contraception
1994
Teen Time clinics begin in conjunction with Health & Rehab Services (HRS), Presidential Womens Center, and Planned Parenthood South Palm Beach and Broward Counties
Martin County center loses CSC grant for Teens Teaching Teens
All affiliate clinics go online with new computer system
1995
Agency name officially changed to include Treasure Coast Area
Colposcopy and cryosurgery services offered
Adopt-A-Teen program developed by Corinne Keslin
Initial Teen Time peer educators trained
1996
Affiliate celebrates its 25th Anniversary in the Palm Beaches
Development office opened in Vero Beach
Emergency contraception (the morning-after pill) available
Organized Women Vote 96 to register, educate, and get out the vote
Dr. Robert C. Knapp Lectures Series inaugurated
Miami affiliate begins serving male patients
1997
Belle Glade clinic closes due to the influx of HMOs and newly available transportation to the Public Health unit
Male services offered
Childrens Services Council awards grant for Teen Pregnancy Prevention: A Community Collaborative (TPPACC) after-school program
Site for Indian River health center purchased in Vero Beach
Teen Time name trademarked

1998
Indian River health center opens in Vero Beach
Hepatitis B vaccination offered
Sites for TPPACC open in Riviera Beach and Belle Glade
1999
Radio marketing campaign initiated
Affiliate one of 20 selected for pilot program by PPFA to help launch the Responsible Choices Action Network (R-CAN) Campaign (later PPAN)
Lillian A. Tamayo becomes President/CEO
Miami affiliate receives grant to offer services in Upper and Middle Keys
2000
First annual auction and dinner held in Vero Beach
Young Advocates established
Bilingual Latino outreach program - La Promesa - initiated
Breast Health Educator is added to staff
Radio marketing campaign helps increase number of E.C. patients by 200%
2001
Affiliate awarded PPFA Global Partnership with Guatemala
Board of Directors approves 5-year Strategic Plan
Affiliate receives two out of five PPFA educational awards
Treasure Coast Coordination Coalition (TCCC) is launched and holds first annual Legislative Summit
2002
General Medicine (Primary Care) services launched in the Lake Worth Health Center to provide general healthcare to area under- and uninsured residents
West Palm Beach Health Center sees a patient increase of 20%
Latino patients increase exponentially with the advent of Spanish-language advertising, signage, and staff, along with culturally adapted instruction and education
2003
Corporate office moves to 2300 North Florida Mango Road to accommodate increases in staff and programs
Patient volume increases by 11% over FY2002
Affiliate is awarded the Triunfo Award from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for commitment to culturally sensitive and diverse programs
Adult Role Models (ARMs) program wins the PPFA Eastern Regional Diversity Award for its efforts in serving communities of color
Dr. Robert C. Knapp Lectures Series conclude
In the Company of Women (ICW) is launched with 11 area womens organizations uniting efforts to strengthen their voices and achieve common goals
2004
$3-million Campaign to Secure the Future is launched
PPFA honors affiliate with Affiliate Excellence Award for Achievements in Diversity
General Medicine (Primary Care) services concluded
The Pro-Choice Coalition of Palm Beach County and Young Activist Team are launched to reverse the tide of ant-woman legislation
326 local activists attend the historic March for Womens Lives - which drew as many as 1.15 million marchers representing 57 countries to Washington, D.C.- on April 25
Gloria Steinem speaks at the 13th annual Tradition of Choice Luncheon, drawing a sold-out crowd of 700
Temporary management over Miami affiliate assumed
2005
PPFA honors affiliate with Affiliate Excellence Award for Achievements in Education
Pulitzer Prize-winning commentator Ellen Goodman speaks to 600 advocates at the 14th annual Tradition of Choice Luncheon
By spring, Breast Health has reached a total of 20,000 adults and teens since inception
TPPACC changes its name to Teen Time after-school program
Miami merges with WPB; affiliate name becomes Planned Parenthood of Greater Miami, Palm Beach, and Treasure Coast
Development department wins Gold from MarCom Creative Awards for the annual report and Honors from the League of American Communications Professionals for the newsletter
2006
Sarah Weddington, winning attorney for Jane Roe in Roe v. Wade, speaks to 525 advocates at the 15th annual Tradition of Choice Luncheon
PPFA honors affiliate with Affiliate Excellence Award for Achievements in Public Affairs
La Promesa program is a finalist in the 2006 Heroes in Medicine Award by the Palm Beach County Medical Society
Certified at the Gold level, the highest awarded by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, for excellence in nonprofit management
Earned 4 out of 4 stars for the fourth year in a row from Charity Navigator, Americas largest independent evaluator of charities
Scored top marks in respect, fairness and pride in the Great Places to Work Survey
Recognized by PPFA as having one of the strongest Quality and Risk Management programs in the country
Kicked off the Patient Donation Program in our health centers, with clients donating more than $15,000 in the first year
2007
All 8 health centers begin offering rapid HIV testing and the HPV vaccine
Sara Paretsky energizes a crowd of 550 supporters at the 16th Annual Tradition of Choice Luncheon
Sarah Weddington, winning attorney for Jane Roe in Roe v. Wade, speaks to 150 advocates at the 1st Annual Miami Tradition of Choice Luncheon
South Beach Health Center closes
Title X Education Outreach Campaign begins in Miami working with 3 popular radio stations in 3 languages (English, Spanish, Creole)
2008
Affiliate name becomes Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast, Inc.
Service area is expanded to include Broward and South Palm Beach Counties
Kathy Najimy, award-winning actress and activist, speaks at the 17th Annual Tradition of Choice Luncheon in West Palm Beach
Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, speaks at the 2nd Annual Miami Tradition of Choice Luncheon
For the 6th year in a row the affiliate received a 4 star rating from Charity Navigator, Americas largest independent evaluator
2009
Lillian A. Tamayo, President/CEO, receives national leadership award. The Ruth Green Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a CEO from PlannedParenthood Federation of America
Lillian A. Tamayo celebrates her 10th anniversary as President/CEO in August
New Boca Raton health center opens in March & Pembroke Pines and Oakland Park health centers open in August. Affiliate now has 10 health centers across 8 county service area.
Affiliate expands services and begins providing the abortion pill in health centers
Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, speaks at the 18th Annual Tradition of Choice Luncheon in West Palm Beach
Dr. Kenneth Edelin, author of Broken Justice, speaks at the 3rd Annual Miami Tradition of Choice Luncheon
For the 7th year in a row the affiliate received a 4 star rating from Charity Navigator, Americas largest independent evaluator. Only 2 percent of the charities rated by Charity Navigator have received at least 7 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that PPSFTC consistently executes it mission in a fiscally responsible way and outperforms most other charities in America.
2010
West Palm Beach health center relocated and renovated in June. Oakland Park health center closes in summer.
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and New York Times Supreme Court Correspondent from 1978 to 2008, Linda Greenhouse, is keynote speaker at the 19th Annual Tradition of Choice Luncheon in West Palm Beach
Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, is the keynote speaker at the 4th Annual Miami Tradition of Choice Luncheon
2011
20th Anniversary of the Tradition of Choice Luncheon in West Palm Beach, Florida. The event featured Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, novelist and social critic Anna Quindlen, as the keynote speaker.
Affiliate expands services to begin offering Surgical Abortion at the Pembroke Pines health center.
Affiliate celebrates 40th Anniversary
Teen Time After school Education program sunsets in St. Lucie County
2012
21st Annual of the Tradition of Choice Luncheon in West Palm Beach, featuring keynote speaker Gloria Steinem, is the largest in affiliate history. Ms. Steinem also speaks at An Evening With an Icon event in Miami.
Lake Worth Health Center relocates to a brand new, state of the art facility in Wellington. Services at this location expand to include some primary care services.
A New Health Center opens in Liberty City, Miami, also the home of the Teen Outreach Program serving 500 high school students.
Teen Outreach Program begins in schools, community groups and after school programs Palm Beach County
Planned Parenthood leads the campaign against Amendment 6 on the 2012 ballot and achieves a 15 point victory
2013
22nd Annual of the Tradition of Choice Luncheon in West Palm Beach, featuring keynote speaker DeeDee Myers
Teen Outreach Program serves hundreds of students in Miami and Palm Beach Counties
Vero Beach Health Center closes in July
Health centers begin process of accepting insurance in preparation for implementation of the Affordable Care Act

 

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