In this issue:
- President & CEO Message
- Health Care Services in 2021
- New Peer Educator Program Launching
- Join Us for Our Annual Day of Action
- How You Can Help
- In Case You Missed It
This month we are celebrating Black History Month, a time to honor the brilliant achievements of Black individuals and communities. However, many members of Black communities, Black women, especially, do not get the respect, care, or support they deserve. Planned Parenthood is committed to providing the care, education, and resources Black people need to protect their health and their futures, so they can lead healthy, safe, and empowered lives.
As an organization, PPHP is committed to providing sexual and reproductive health care and education for all. We also understand that sexual and reproductive health do not exist in a vacuum. As we have learned from Black-led reproductive justice partners, sexual and reproductive health cannot be separated from other social justice issues like access to housing, clean air and water, a just immigration system, and the ability to raise families in safe environments free from the surveillance of police or the state. Too many people in this country still attempt to hinder progress and maintain the status quo. Anti-Blackness is pervasive in society, as seen through attacks on accurate U.S. history education in schools, sex education in schools, and the right of all people to decide whether, when, and how to become a parent.
I encourage you to watch films and documentaries, read books, listen to podcasts, and attend events celebrating Black history, not just this month, but all year long. I also encourage to have conversations with your family and friends and share with them what you learn.
Thank you for your continued support of PPHP. Thank you for helping us empower individuals to determine their own sexual health and reproductive futures. Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to stay up-to-date on what is happening at PPHP and issues related to sexual and reproductive health care.
In this together,
President & CEO
Last year as we managed through the COVID-19 pandemic, we kept our doors open at all 10 of our health centers. We continued to provide sexual and reproductive health care to 30,686 individuals through 53,981 visits to our health center or through our telehealth program.
During the year, we saw an increase in the number cancer screenings performed including PAP tests to screen for cervical cancer, breast exams to screen for breast cancer, and HPV vaccinations to prevent the virus that may cause some forms of cancer. We also had an increase in the number of HIV tests and sexually transmitted infection (STI) tests we administered. There was a 21% increase in gender affirming care visits for transgender, gender non-conforming, and nonbinary patients which is a service not available from many other health care providers. We also doubled the number of vasectomy procedures from 2020 when we launched the service.
At PPHP we are proud to offer a wide range of sexual and reproductive health care services. To learn more, please visit https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-hudson-peconic/patient-resources.
Our Education and Training team is gearing up to launch our Promotores Program. This Spanish-speaking, adult peer-education program focuses on expanding and deepening relationships within the Latino/Latina/Latinx communities in the Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, and Suffolk counties. This year, we will partner with Pace University to train college students on sexual and reproductive health topics and facilitation skills to enable them to teach their communities medically accurate, age-appropriate sex education!
Our team is also scheduling education programs in all four counties. The programs include Rochambeau High School in Westchester County, Ramapo High School in Rockland County, Longview School in Putnam County, Hope for Youth in Suffolk County, as well as many others. Our Personal Responsibility and Education Program (PREP) team in Suffolk County is hosting a series of evidence-based programs with Sachem Library as well as monthly Food and Game nights with teens in Suffolk County.
To learn more about our Education and Training programs, please visit https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-hudson-peconic/local-education-training.
We are excited to announce our 2022 Day of Action will be held virtually on March 8, 2021. Volunteers and activists, like you, will have the opportunity to directly advocate for solutions to pressing challenges. This year, we will be advocating for comprehensive sex education legislation, increased funding for sexual and reproductive health care, and much more. Your advocacy on these issues is critical to move us forward!
This is a virtual event, so you can meet with your legislator from the comfort of your home or work! For those lobbying for the first time, we’ll provide a crash-course training. Be on the lookout for a date and sign-up link soon.
Together, we can ensure our legislators know the needs of our communities and demand they take action. Please register at Mobilize.us/PPESA by March 1 and share this exciting opportunity with your friends and fellow activists.
We have exciting events planned for 2022! Be sure to mark your calendars and check your email for more details and ticket and sponsorship opportunities.
Day of Action
Tuesday, March 8, 2022
The Spring Benefit
Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
The Founder’s Room at the Paramount Theater, Huntington
Honoring Evelyn Gay
The East End Benefit
Saturday, June 4, 2022, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
The Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club, Bridgehampton
Honoring Sandy Perlbinder
The Summer Benefit
Honoring Ida and Robert Gordon and Roberta Gordon
More information to come.
The Empower Gala
Wednesday, October 19, 2022, 6:30 p.m.
The Sleepy Hollow Hotel and Conference Center, Tarrytown
For more information, visit our Calendar of Events. We look forward to seeing you in 2022!
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.