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President & CEO Message

Dear Friends,

This month is Women’s History Month and the theme this year is Providing Healing, Promoting Hope. It is both a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history. This month, and throughout the entire year, we celebrate the women providing care to our patients. They are compassionate, skilled, and understand they are often the only health care provider our patients will see.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our annual Day of Action last week. It was a wonderful day, held virtually, with hundreds of activists coming together from across the state to tell our legislators that sexual and reproductive health care is vital and needs to be funded as such. I am hopeful that next year we can return to Albany and turn the Capitol pink.

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,

Vincent Russell
President & CEO

Endometriosis Awareness Month

Endometriosis Awareness Month, observed each March, is a time when Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic brings awareness to the condition, its impact on people’s lives, and advocates for more funding for research to ultimately find a cure. Endometriosis is a common reproductive health condition that can be extremely painful and is often misdiagnosed or undiagnosed. There is no known cause or cure, but there are treatments that can help manage symptoms.

Endometriosis affects more than 5 million people. It is a condition where tissue similar to that inside your uterus grows outside your uterus — where it doesn’t belong. Intense pain, very heavy periods, and uncomfortable vaginal sex are just some of the symptoms.

If you’re having painful periods or heavy bleeding, talk with a health care provider. Our compassionate team is here to help you. To make an appointment at PPHP, visit www.pphp.org.

New TIPS Program in Suffolk County

We are excited to announce our Education and Training team is gearing up to launch a Teen Information and Peer Services (TIPS) program in Suffolk County. TIPS is a peer education program that trains teens to become knowledgeable in reproductive health and promote healthy and safe relationship and sexual practices amongst their peers.

Our TIPS program has been very successful in Rockland County for more than 20 years. In 2019, we expanded this teen program to include Westchester and have educated teens to become peer educators there, even through the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been our goal to offer this program to teens in Suffolk County as we know the teens who complete the training are valuable resources for their peers who may not have access to medically accurate sex education and information.  We are able to offer this program in Suffolk thanks to the support of a generous donor.

If you know a Suffolk County teen interested in joining TIPS, please contact Isa Amaya at [email protected]

To learn more about our Education and Training programs, please visit https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-hudson-peconic/local-education-training.

Our Annual Day of Action

Our Annual Day of Action was a huge success. More than 100 activists from across our region joined with hundreds of activists from across the state to meet with New York State Senators and Assembly Members to discuss sexual and reproductive health care and rights on March 8. If you were able to join us for one meeting, or several, we appreciate you taking time to support our issues.

During the meetings, activists, Board members, and staff discussed increasing the Family Planning Grant budget which is funding for health care providers who offer family planning services to individuals with low incomes and no insurance. Also related to the state budget, we asked legislators to strengthen abortion coverage through health insurance plans.

We also discussed the Equality Amendment and the importance of passing it this legislative session, expand Medicaid for Pregnant Women from its current 60 days to 1 year post-pregnancy to help address the high rate of maternal mortality in New York, and pass the Comprehensive Sex Education bill so all New York students have access to medically accurate, age-appropriate sex education.

If you would like to read more about our legislative priorities, please visit https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-hudson-peconic/get-involved-locally/legislative-priorities

Mark Your Calendars

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.

Abortion Week of Action
April 11 – 15

Virtual discussions, trainings, and film screening

The Spring Benefit
Wednesday, April 27, 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, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

The Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club, Bridgehampton
Honoring Sandy Perlbinder

The Summer Benefit
Saturday, September 10, 5:00 - 7:00 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

For more information, visit our Calendar of Events. We look forward to seeing you in 2022!

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.

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