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President & CEO Message

Dear Friends,

I hope you’re having a great start to 2023. This month at PPHP, we are reflecting on what we have accomplished over the past year and looking forward to our 90th anniversary year ahead.

In 2022, we proudly provided high-quality, confidential, and compassionate care to over 27,000 patients and completed 45,790 visits. We are immensely grateful to our health care staff who continue to provide exceptional health care services throughout an ever-evolving pandemic. No matter what this next year brings, we are committed to providing our patients a wide range of sexual and reproductive health services.

This month, we will mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the first anniversary since it was overturned last June. In this moment, we find ourselves not in a fight to restore Roe, but with an opportunity to reimagine sexual and reproductive health care and rights. We recently released our Legislative Priorities: 2023 Reproductive and Sexual Health Rights and Access Agenda, which details key policies that will bring us closer to achieving equitable sexual and reproductive health for all. This agenda will inform our advocacy efforts over the next 12 months, starting with lobbying in Albany for Day of Action on January 24. You can read more about our legislative agenda here.   

Thank you for starting another year with support for PPHP. We could not do this work without you. 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 can join us this year as well.   

In this together,

Vincent Russell
President & CEO

Cervical Health Awareness Month and Health Care Services

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Cervical cancer is cancer of the cervix. Every year, about 13,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with cervical cancer. It’s caused by some types of HPV, a common sexually transmitted infection. It can be prevented by getting the HPV vaccine, early detection, and treatment.

Anyone with a cervix can get cervical cancer, but because systemic racism and discrimination create barriers to preventive care, Black women and Latinas are hit hardest. We’re here to give you education and resources to help you keep your cervix cancer-free.

You can help keep your cervix healthy by getting the HPV vaccine and regular HPV/Pap tests. These services are offered at our 10 health centers. To learn more, visit our website or call 800-230-PLAN to make an appointment at your local health center today.

Education Team Celebrates Graduations and Focuses on Staff Training

In 2022, our Education & Training Team taught over 500 sex education programs and reached almost 8,000 individuals through workshops and outreach events. This month, the team celebrated the accomplishments of their students and focused on training PPHP staff for the year ahead.

The Teen Information and Peer Services (TIPS) programs in Rockland and Westchester counties, a peer health education program for high school students, successfully graduated a total of 11 and 5 students respectively on December 19 and December 20. We are happy to report that three of the 2021 TIPS Rockland graduates have been recognized as Emerging Leaders at Ramapo High School. In January, five of the TIPS graduates will attend Day of Action in Albany to experience civic advocacy with PPHP.

In addition to teaching young people in the community, a critical part of the work we do is internal training for PPHP team members. This month our team facilitated a training for Suffolk County health care staff on Micro Learning, a strategy to increase patients' ability to absorb and recall information received during their appointments. This training will be presented in January to our remaining health center staff in Westchester County. Micro Learning sessions create peer discussions and critical thinking opportunities that are hard to do in the fast-paced clinical environment.  

Our Education & Training team closed the year on a high note, and we look forward to what the rest of 2023 has in store for us! To learn more about Education and Training at PPHP, visit https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-hudson-peconic/local-education-training

Advocacy: Starting 2023 Speaking Up for Reproductive Rights

Our Advocacy & Government Relations team kicked off the year with our Rise Up for Repro Rights event, celebrating the New York Reproductive Health Act and recognizing the work to be done to protect and expand abortion access. We were thrilled to hear from New York Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, along with other incredible storytellers, performers, and activists. It was an invigorating way to start a year of fighting for reproductive freedom. Thank you to everyone who joined us!

On Tuesday, January 24, we are headed to Albany for our annual Day of Action. We will be meeting with state legislators about the reproductive rights issues that are important to you.

We’re excited to be on the ground with many of you advocating for protected and expanded access to sexual and reproductive health care, education, and more. While registration for Day of Action is closed, it’s not too late to email your elected officials and tell them to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. You can use our customizable template to email your elected officials here.

Next month, we’re excited to offer a virtual Storytelling Training on Monday, February 20. Storytelling is a powerful activist tool to share with others why we care about reproductive freedom in a way that spurs them to action. If you can answer the question "Why do I care about reproductive freedom?", you have a story to tell! You can sign up to join us here.

Mark Your Calendars

We have a busy 2023 planned. Be sure to mark your calendars and share these events with your friends and family

Day of Action 2023
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
The Capitol, Albany 
Registration is now closed. If you’ve signed up, there is more information to come regarding day-of logistics!

Storytelling Activist Training
Monday, February 20, 2023
Register here

Making Waves, PPHP’s East End Benefit
Saturday, June 3, 2023
The Clubhouse, East Hampton
More information coming soon

For more information, visit our Calendar of Events. We look forward to seeing you!

You can continue to make Care. No Matter What. possible!

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.

In Case You Missed It

PPHP in the News: 

Fewer abortions, more vasectomies: Why the procedure may be getting more popular | NPR

Additional News: 

FDA Says Plan B Contraception Isn’t an Abortion Pill | Everyday Health

The Bittersweet Defeat of Mpox| WIRED

Abortion Pills Can Be Offered at Retail Pharmacies, FDA Says | Healthline



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