In this issue:
- President & CEO Message
- Expanding Care to Meet the Need
- Educating Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
- Share Your Story
- How You Can Help
- In Case You Missed It
I am pleased to share with you our 2021 Annual Report. In it, you will find highlights and our accomplishments from last year along with what we still plan to do this year. You will see how we were able to keep the doors of our health centers open, provide evidence-based education programs, and advocate for legislative issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. I am incredibly proud of the staff at PPHP and all we were able to achieve during very challenging times.
I know there continues to be confusion related to abortion access in other states as laws are changing and being challenged in court. I want to remind you that abortion remains safe and legal in New York. We have seen patients coming to us for abortion care from other states and we anticipate more will come as more states enact bans on abortion.
Thank you for your continued support of PPHP. To get the latest information, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to learn what is happening at PPHP and issues related to sexual and reproductive health care. Please share our posts so your friends and family stay informed as well.
In this together,
President & CEO
Our health centers have recently added to the services we offer, and a new program will launch next month. First, in response to the orthopoxvirus known as monkeypox, our 10 health centers began offering testing to individuals who have symptoms. Symptoms include a rash that may be on or near the genitals area, hands, feet, face, chest, or mouth, fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, exhaustion, muscle aches, headaches, or respiratory symptoms. There is not treatment currently available but getting the vaccine may help reduce the symptoms.
In addition to the HPV vaccine, we now offer the hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccines in our health centers. Symptoms of hepatitis A can last up to 2 months and include fatigue, nausea, stomach pain, and jaundice. Most people with hepatitis A do not have long-lasting illness. The best way to prevent hepatitis A is to get vaccinated. Symptoms of hepatitis B can include fatigue, poor appetite, stomach pain, nausea, and jaundice. For many people, hepatitis B is a short-term illness. For others, it can become a long-term, chronic infection that can lead to serious, even life-threatening health issues like cirrhosis or liver cancer. The best way to prevent hepatitis B is to get vaccinated.
As you may know, PPHP is one of eight Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country to offer prenatal care and it is available in five of our health centers. Next month we are launching a new prental program, CenteringPregnancy. This model of prenatal care is a group-based approach in which pregnant people who are near the same due date meet monthly to discuss pregnancy-related health care issues as well as post-birth issues like breastfeeding and post-partum depression. Each monthly meeting also includes a health assessment for each participant. This model has been shown to have better health outcomes for the pregnant person and newborn. Patients will have the option to participate in CenteringPregnancy or continue their individual care model. We will be the first Planned Parenthood affiliate to offer CenteringPregnancy and we are very excited to offer this to our patients.
For more information about our health care services, please visit https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-hudson-peconic/patient-resources.
Our Education and Training team’s commitment to inclusive and equitable programming is having great success in the recently developed Intellectual and Development Delays and Disabilities (I/DD) lesson, with 109 participants through 41 programs. Since this programming began last year, we have been working with Rockland BOCES, Pleasantville Lab School, and Green Chimneys, community organizations which provide services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The topics covered in these programs include appropriate boundaries, sexual feelings and behaviors, dating how-to’s, reproduction, and self advocacy. The class size is smaller than our other programs to allow for more personalized instruction and discussion. We look forward to working with more community partners and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to ensure they have the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their health and bodies.
To learn more about our Education and Training programs, please visit https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-hudson-peconic/local-education-training.
Yes, there is another Primary Election in New York on August 23. This election is for U.S. Congressional Representatives and New York State Senate. As a result of newly drawn district lines throughout the state, you may or may not have a primary in your area.
To determine if you have a primary in your area, visit https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov/. If you do have a primary, you can vote early until Sunday, August 21. You can look up early polling locations and times. For Early Voting, you can vote at any polling location in your county.
If you are going to vote on Primary Election Day, Tuesday, August 23, you must vote at your assigned poll location.
Remember, before heading to the poll, be sure you know where the candidate stands on issues important to you. It’s important to make your voice heard through the power of your vote.
We have exciting events coming soon! Be sure to mark your calendars and check your email for more details and ticket and sponsorship opportunities.
The Summer Benefit
Saturday, September 10, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
A private waterfront home in St. James
Honoring Ida and Robert Gordon and Roberta Gordon
The Empower Gala
Wednesday, October 19, 2022, 6:30 p.m.
The Sleepy Hollow Hotel and Conference Center, Tarrytown
Keynote Speaker Dr. Jamila Perritt, President & CEO, Physicians for Reproductive Health
Honoring The Tenney Family
For more information, visit our Calendar of Events. We look forward to seeing you!
A monthly gift to PPHP ensures security for patients in your local communities. Consider joining our Monthly Giving Program today at www.pphp.org/donatetoday.
Double your impact! Does your employer have a matching gift program? Check with your Human Resources Department to find out. For questions, contact the Development Department at [email protected].
Committed to safeguarding the future of reproductive health care? Consider leaving a legacy gift to PPHP in your will. Please contact the Development Department at [email protected].
Do you have a little bit of time to get more involved? Visit www.pphp.org for ways you can help.
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