In this issue:
- President & CEO Message
- HVP Vaccination Awareness
- Education Summer Camp in Full Swing
- Join Us for Our Final COVID-19 Outreach Events
- How You Can Help
- In Case You Missed It
I hope you are doing well and enjoying the last few weeks of summer. I want to let you know about state bills recently signed into law:
- Lian’s Law, (S.3475 Cooney/A.6531 González-Rojas) legislation authorizing the NYS DOH to add information about preeclampsia to its health care and wellness outreach program. The law is named for Lian Shalala Gravelle, an advocate for reproductive and maternal health from Greece, NY who passed away six months after giving birth due to complications with preeclampsia.
- A bill (A.5979 Walker/S.6957 Brouk) adding a new section about “reproductive health conditions that affect female fertility” (including polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease);
- A bill (A.182 Gunther/S.3209 Salazar) adding a new section about the donation of “postnatal tissue and fluids” to encourage people to consider donations of the placenta, umbilical cord, and amniotic fluid as lifesaving resources; and
- A bill (A.3891 Ramos/S.3086 Salazar) raising the age of consent to be married in New York to 18 years old.
Voting reform bills recently signed into law include:
- Eliminating signed absentee ballot applications and allowing absentee ballots postmarked by Election Day to be considered timely;
- Allowing voters to request absentee ballots through electronic means;
- Requiring boards of elections to post information about changes in polling places; and
- Conforming deadlines for the mailing of applications for absentee ballots to USPS guidelines.
At PPHP we are excited to see bills like these becoming law to improve health outcomes for individuals and improve and protect people’s ability to vote and make their voices heard. We applaud the New York State Senate and Assembly for addressing these issues and look forward to continuing our work with them in the next legislative session.
Thank you again for your continued support of PPHP and our commitment to provide care, education, and advocacy, no matter what.
President & CEO
August is National Immunization Awareness Month and a great time to talk about the HPV vaccine. HPV, or Human Papillomavirus, is the most common sexually transmitted infection and most people do not know they have it. HPV can cause cancers of cervix, vagina, vulva, penis, anus, and back of the throat including the base of the tongue and tonsils.
There are more than 100 types of HPV. Some types produce warts such as plantar warts on the feet and common hand warts, and approximately 40 types of HPV can infect the genital area, the vulva, vagina, cervix, rectum, anus, penis, or scrotum. Genital HPV infections are very common. HPV is so common that nearly all sexually active people will get at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives.
HPV vaccination provides the most benefit when given before a person is exposed to any HPV. That is why CDC recommends HPV vaccination at ages 11-12. HPV vaccination is also recommended through age 26 for everyone, if they did not get vaccinated when they were younger.
Vaccination is not recommended for everyone older than age 26 years. However, some adults ages 27 through 45 years may decide to get the HPV vaccine based on discussion with their health care provider, if they did not get adequately vaccinated when they were younger. HPV vaccination of people in this age range provides less benefit, as more have been already exposed to HPV.
Our second annual summer camp program is going strong. Twice a week, young people ages 13 to 17 join our Personal Responsibility and Education Program (PREP) team members at the Boys and Girls Club of Bellport. The sessions cover a range of reproductive health topics including birth control, consent, and sex and gender. They also discuss issues related to preparing for adulthood and other topics such as career paths, yoga/mediation, nutrition, and self-esteem building.
The response from the campers has been very positive and they have had a high level of engagement each week. The camp will end this month and we look forward to offering it again next summer.
Earlier this summer, we launched our COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach Campaign. With your help and work, we have already reached more than 468 households about the COVID-19 vaccines, dispelling myths, increasing confidence, and educating people where they can get vaccinated in their community. This will be our final month of our COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach events.
There is still much more to do to make sure all our communities have the information and resources they need to stay healthy, and we need your help! Please sign up today for one of our events.
Please join us Wednesday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m. for our Empower Gala. The event will be held at The Sleepy Hollow Hotel and Conference Center and a virtual option will be available. We are proud to honor the Ellis Family with the Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic Impact Award and Elaine Chapnick with the Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic Legacy Award. The keynote speaker for the evening will be Jennifer Sandman, Senior Director, Public Policy Litigation & Law, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Sponsorship packages and tickets are available now at www.pphp.org. We are excited to be gathering together again and look forward to seeing you in person in October!
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Do you have a little bit of time to get more involved? Visit www.pphp.org for ways you can help.