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President & CEO Message

Dear Friends,

I hope you’re having a great start to the new year. PPHP has hit the ground running to kick off another year of providing care, no matter what.

This month, we mark the anniversary of the Supreme Court issuing the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. Now, 51 years later, we are preparing for the Supreme Court to make another monumental decision about abortion access. Later this year, the Court will hear the case on the approval of mifepristone, a safe, effective, medication that has been used by more than five million people in the United States for abortion and miscarriage care since the FDA approved it more than 20 years ago. This case is a calculated attack on abortion access that will deny people the freedom to make their own health care decisions.

For now, mifepristone remains available, and we are proud to offer it as part of our medication abortion services at all 10 health centers. We urge the Court to reject this politically motivated effort to interfere with evidence-based health care. No matter what comes next, PPHP will never stop fighting to make sure all people have access to the essential health care that they need.

We hope you’ll join us this year in continuing to stand up for sexual and reproductive rights. Our annual Day of Action is next week on January 24, where our activists will remind state legislators what is at stake if we don’t advance our legislative priorities. Register to join us.

Thank you for starting another year with support for PPHP. We could not do this work without you.

In this together,

Vincent Russell
President & CEO

Health Care: Masks On! PPHP Reinstates Mask Policy 

Due to an increase in COVID, flu, and other respiratory illnesses, masks will be required in all PPHP health centers to protect our patients and staff.

As a reminder, masks should:

  • completely cover the nose and mouth,
  • fit snugly against the sides of the face and not have any gaps, and
  • be handled only by the ear loops, cords, or head straps (not by the surface of the mask).

Thank you for helping to keep our community safe! To make an appointment, visit our website or call 800-230-PLAN.  

Education: Welcoming Tomorrow’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Leaders

We closed 2023 with some of our favorite events of the year: our Teen Information and Peer Services (TIPS) and Promotores graduations! The Promotores Latine Peer Education program graduated seven peer educators, who will now be supporting outreach in the Latine community as well as teaching comprehensive sexual education in Spanish. Our TIPS cohorts in Rockland and Suffolk counties graduated in December, and with the Westchester cohort graduation this month, we will welcome 20 new TIPSters in total.

In Suffolk County, we developed a special partnership with West Islip High School’s Young Women’s Forum. This youth-led group donated menstrual supplies to us for our new Period Pack Project, where our team will be handing out menstrual supply kits at community outreach events. The cost of menstrual of supplies is a burden on many households, especially in the communities that we aim to serve, and we hope to provide a much-needed resource with these period packs. A big thank you to the members of the Young Women’s Forum for their hard work!

Advocacy & Government Relations: We Need Your Voice in Albany!

It’s our biggest advocacy event of the year! On Wednesday, January 24, we are headed to Albany for our annual Day of Action. 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.

January 16, is the last day to register! Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to make your voice heard in the State Capitol. Register here.

Want to learn more about our public policy priorities for 2024? Through a reproductive justice lens, we’re aiming to advance equity in the communities we serve. Some of our policy priorities include:

•           Abortion Equity,

•           Sex Education,

•           Advancing the Equal Rights Amendment,

•           Youth and Minor Rights,

•           Maternal Health Care,

•           LGBQ + TGNC Rights and Inclusive Care,

•           and more!

Read more about what we’re working on this year here.

Come Join Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic! 

PPHP has employment opportunities in our health centers and administrative offices.

If you’re interested in working for a leading provider of sexual and reproductive health care and a trusted source for education and advocacy, apply to work at PPHP today. You can learn more about open positions and working at PPHP here.

Mark Your Calendars

We have a busy 2024 planned. Be sure to mark your calendars and share these events with your friends and family.

Storytelling for Lobbying
Wednesday, January 17

More information here

Community Outreach Volunteer Information Session
January 17 & 29

More information here

Day of Action
Wednesday, January 24

Albany, NY
More information here

High School Advocacy Program
Starts Tuesday, February 6

More information here

Making Waves: PPHP’s Hamptons Benefit
Saturday, June 1
The Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club

More information to come

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

The Switch Up — Black maternal mortality crisis: An American epidemic | The Hill

US faces ‘tragic’ rise in syphilis cases with life-saving drug in short supply | US healthcare | The Guardian

Feminism NOW | The Fight for Reproductive Freedom (transistor.fm)


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