PPGNY preserves access to sexual & reproductive health care amid COVID-19 crisis.
PPGNY increases capacity to deliver essential care by an additional 21,000 patient visits/year.
NEW YORK – Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (PPGNY) is thrilled to announce it has resumed in-person, full-time sexual and reproductive health care at its Massapequa health center. Appointments for in-person care are now available at 800-230-PLAN and www.ppgreaterny.org. PPGNY health centers in Kingston, Staten Island, Rome, and Goshen will begin accepting in-person appointments and walk-ins as early as this summer.
As part of Planned Parenthood’s mission to improve health care outcomes in underserved communities, PPGNY health centers in Massapequa, Kingston, Staten Island, Rome, and Goshen will offer patients the full range of sexual and reproductive health services including cancer screenings, birth control, emergency contraceptives, STI testing & treatment, HIV testing & prevention, transgender/nonbinary hormone therapy, pregnancy testing and options counseling, and much more. Patients can also turn to PPGNY for compassionate, nonjudgmental abortion care. By resuming full-time, in-person care in these regions, PPGNY expands its capacity to deliver essential sexual and reproductive health care by more than 21,000 patient visits per year.
Statement by Joy D. Calloway, Interim CEO, Planned Parenthood of Greater New York:
We are so pleased to welcome patients back into our health centers in Massapequa, Kingston, Staten Island, Rome, and Goshen. With the pace of the pandemic waning and more people receiving lifesaving COVID-19 vaccinations, we’re proud to be able to connect people to care during this time of tremendous healing. PPGNY health centers will bring essential sexual and reproductive health services and education back to communities that have suffered the brunt of the pandemic, most of which are Black, Latinx, immigrant, and people with low incomes. We are also proud to enhance our innovative health care delivery options, including telehealth, to meet the on-demand needs of the people we serve.
We are recovering from a public health crisis that has reshaped our organization and our nation. PPGNY may not look the same once this pandemic is over, but our mission is resolute. We’re creating a world where all people have the information, power, and resources they need to make their own decisions about their bodies, their families, and their futures.
Planned Parenthood of Greater New York launched in January 2020, after the merger of five local Planned Parenthood affiliates, with a mission to advance and protect access to sexual and reproductive health care for all New Yorkers and people across the country during a time when reproductive freedom was under relentless attack by anti-abortion politicians. The onslaught of attacks on reproductive health care was especially damaging to Black, Latinx, Indigenous, immigrant, and LGBTQ communities that have historically faced systemic barriers to accessing health care due to racist and discriminatory policies.
Three months after the launch of PPGNY, New York became the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing PPGNY to retool its health care delivery model. PPGNY strategically consolidated clinical resources, staff, and critical PPE across its network to preserve the future of quality, affordable sexual and reproductive health care. PPGNY temporarily closed small and midsize health centers and shifted critical resources to larger, centrally located facilities. Thanks in part to this incredible foresight and resourcefulness, today Planned Parenthood of Greater New York can resume in-person, full-time health care at five centers that were temporarily closed due to the severity of the COVID-19 crisis.
Planned Parenthood has been a trusted provider of sexual and reproductive health care for more than 100 years. We are committed to connecting New Yorkers to quality, affordable health care and medically accurate education from our team of expert clinicians and educators, no matter their zip code or ours.
More details about the reopening of PPGNY centers will be announced at a later date.
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Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (PPGNY) is a leading provider of sexual and reproductive health care and education, a fierce advocate, and a committed partner to advance equity and improve health outcomes for all. PPGNY offers a wide range of services at 23 health centers across 65% of the state - including gynecological care, birth control, cancer screenings, pregnancy testing, STI testing and treatment, transgender hormone therapy, vasectomy, and HIV prevention, testing, and counseling. PPGNY is also proud to provide medication and surgical abortion service to anyone who needs compassionate, non-judgmental care. PPGNY is a trusted source of medically accurate, evidence-based information that allows people to make informed decisions about their health and future. As a voice for reproductive freedom, PPGNY supports legislation and policies that ensure all New Yorkers have access to the full range of reproductive health services and education.