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Resources & Reminders

-- April is STI Awareness Month. Learn how you can protect yourself and your partner by practicing safer sex and getting regular STI tests.

-- During Black Maternal Health Week (April 11-17), we stand in solidarity with the Black Mamas Matter Alliance as we build a world where Black mothers have the rights, respect, and resources to thrive before, during, and after pregnancy.

-- Recommended Reading: Jennifer Wright’s biography Madame Restell tells the story of an unsung reproductive rights trailblazer. An industrious immigrant who built her business from the ground up, Madame Restell was a self-taught surgeon on the cutting edge of healthcare in pre-Gilded Age New York, and her bustling “boarding house” provided birth control, abortions, and medical assistance to thousands of women—rich and poor alike.

-- As PPCWNY volunteers, you are required to be HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) compliant, just as staff members are. This basically means that, whenever you are handling or in proximity to a patient or client’s personal information, you are doing everything in your power to protect it, including:

  • Never confirming or denying​ anything if you are asked about a patient and/or their protected health information (PHI)
  • Preserving patient privacy and dignity​
  • Avoiding inadvertent disclosures​
    • Do not discuss PHI in any public or administrative areas
    • Speak in generalities
    • Put papers containing PHI face-down
  • Never discussing patients other than in support of their care – i.e., no gossip
    • If you need to discuss a patient or PHI, speak quietly

If you have any questions or concerns regarding HIPAA, please email the HIPAA Privacy Officer. If you’d like to report a HIPAA violation, please contact the HIPAA Privacy Officer or your supervisor.

-- We Tend to the Team and we’d like you to join us! PPCWNY is now hiring across our 18-county service area. Apply now to become a part of a passionate, supportive, collaborative team committed to providing sexual and reproductive health care and education — with respect, without judgment, no matter what.