In this issue:
- President & CEO Message
- COVID-19 Vaccine Available at PPHP
- Education & Training Providing Programs Across Our Region
- Helping to End Period Poverty
- Building Relationships and Helping Communities
- In Case You Missed It
- Join Us for Suffolk Supports PPHP
- How You Can Help
Each year, from May 1 to May 31, Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (APIHM) honors the histories, cultures, and contributions of East, South East, South, and West Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander people in the United States. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.
I condemn the rising hate and discrimination that has been aimed at AAPI communities throughout the COVID-19 global pandemic. Anti-Asian hate and violence is rooted in white supremacy and all of its facets of racism, sexism, and sexual violence. This surge in racially motivated hate crimes adds another devastating chapter in the history of hate towards the community. The AAPI community has endured a long history of violence and discrimination — from discriminatory immigration and citizenship laws, the violent history of internment camps, to post-9/11 hate crimes and violence that continue to be a present threat to this day. We should all be able to feel safe to go about our daily lives, travel to work, shop, walk in the neighborhood, and more. We must stand up against systemic violence, racism, misogyny, xenophobia, and white supremacy.
I encourage you to learn more about the AAPI community and their contributions by visiting these organizations: National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, and Asian Pacific American Month.
Thank you again for your continued support of PPHP and our health care services, education programs, and advocacy efforts.
President & CEO
As part of our continuing efforts to help end the COVID-19 pandemic, we are now offering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in our White Plains, Spring Valley, and Smithtown health centers. We have seen the number of COVID cases decrease across New York and that is in large part to the number of people getting vaccinated. However, we are not through this situation yet—it’s critical that more people get vaccinated.
We support FDA-approved vaccines that help keep our communities healthy and strong. PPHP is an integral part of the public health network and will always be here to provide expert, high-quality health care and science-backed information so you can make the best decisions about your life, health, and future.
To learn more about our COVID-19 vaccination program, visit www.pphp.org/Covid19vaccine.
Our Education and Training team is offering a number of programs for parents over the next several weeks and into the summer months. These programs cover many different topics adults will find helpful when talking with their children about sex.
Our Suffolk County PREP team launched a series of virtual sex education parent workshops beginning on April 8 which covered consent. The next workshops will be held on April 22 covering healthy relationships and May 13 covering contraception. If you would like to attend a workshop, please register at bit.ly/PREPParentSeries or contact Lareicha Hunter at [email protected] for questions.
Additionally, we have English and Spanish sex education parent workshops with Putnam Valley Library once a month throughout on April 22, May 20, June 16, July 22, and August 19, covering healthy relationships, anatomy and physiology, contraception, consent, and tips for “the talk”. If you would like to sign up to attend these programs, please email Aimee Frier at [email protected].
Our General Education team is also hosting a series of parent sex education workshops in partnership with Riverside High School in Yonkers. Workshops which took place in both English and Spanish on April 6 covered sex, tech, and media, and April 14 covered consent. Upcoming sessions are being held on April 21 and April 28 contraception and anatomy and physiology. Please note, this event is for Riverside High Schools parents only. For questions, please contact Aimee Frier at [email protected].
If you are interested in learning more about our education and training programs for parents, please visit www.pphp.org.
Did you know millions of people in the U.S. face period poverty each month? That means they cannot afford to purchase the necessary menstrual products such as tampons, pads, or cups.
We are pleased to announce our program to help end period poverty—Period Packs. With the generosity of supporters like you, we are collecting period products which will then be made available on our SmartWheels mobile health centers and distributed to community partners.
Nearly 1-in-5 girls has had to leave school because they didn’t have the appropriate menstrual products. Additionally, 25 million women live in poverty and have access to food assistance programs, but these programs do not cover menstrual products.
Please join PPHP in our effort to help people dealing with period poverty by donating items today!
Our Public Affairs team does more than advocate for sexual and reproductive health issues; they also build relationships with community partners and coalitions working on issues that affect the people in our communities.
Rockland Water Coalition supports water policy that will make best use of the current water resources and ensure long-term water resources are clean and sustainable. While centered in Rockland County, the work also includes Putnam and Westchester counties. We know environmental justice is reproductive justice, and water quality has direct impacts on health outcomes, including maternal and infant health. Find out more about the Rockland Water Coalition here.
The Women’s Diversity Network (WDN), also known as WDN Resource Center, connects and mobilizes women and gender-expansive people of different backgrounds to create positive change through collective work and a unified sisterhood across Long Island. WDN’s advocacy and education priorities are maternal and infant health outcomes, preventing gender-based violence through comprehensive sex education, and dismantling racial bias and systemic racism. Through partnerships with WDN, PPHP has been able to participate in in a Health Equity Task Force advocating for structural and cultural change to address the racial disparities in maternal health outcomes, as well as organize film screening and panel discussions with faith leaders, doulas, midwives, and public health advocates. PPHP has also been able to facilitate presentations including comprehensive sex education, LGBTQ+ allyship, and destigmatizing abortion through language. For more information about the Women’s Diversity Network, click here.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cooperation Long Island was created to bring together community-based organizations, base-building groups, service nonprofits, jail advocates, immigrant rights groups, reproductive health care providers, faith organizations, and other community leaders to identify and support the diverse needs of the Long Island community. While centering the needs of traditionally marginalized communities in the face of COVID-19 through outreach, information sharing, direct service, and policy change, the coalition focused on both meeting immediate needs and advocating for structural wins beyond the COVID-19 crisis. PPHP currently serves on the Mutual Aid committee, and through connections made through the coalition, has been able to provide safer sex kits to communities, share information about sexual and reproductive health care services, and provide support in connecting Long Islanders in need to mutual aid funds, food shares, and other services. For more information about Cooperation Long Island, click here.
The Westchester Women’s Agenda is an anti-racist, feminist organization that advocates on behalf of women in Westchester County and works to ensure the social and economic climate in the county offers women equal access to opportunity. The WWA membership represents over 90 individuals and organizations serving tens of thousands of residents each year, and seeks equal rights and economic equality for women, champions reproductive freedom and access to health care, works to end violence against women, supports civil rights for all, and opposes racism and bigotry based on race or sexual orientation. Through our long-term partnership with WWA, we have co-sponsored many events and advocacy efforts, including most recently a discussion with reproductive justice leader and activist Loretta Ross. For more information about Westchester Women’s Agenda, click here.
We will continue building new relationships with community organizations and coalitions to help meet all the needs of the people in our communities. If you are interested in learning more or getting involved with our advocacy efforts, visit https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-hudson-peconic/get-involved-locally.
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Tickets are now available for our Suffolk Supports PPHP virtual event being held on Wednesday, June 23 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. This year we are honoring Dorothy Lichtenstein with the Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic Impact Award, and Dr. Harvard Lyman with the Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic Legacy Award.
PIX 11’s Emmy Award-winning newscaster Kirstin Cole is joining us again to emcee the evening and DJ Twilo will provide musical entertainment, and the evening will conclude with a panel discussion from PPHP team members.
Sponsorship packages, journal advertisements, and tickets are on sale now at www.pphp.org/SuffolkSupports2021. You can invite your friends to join your virtual table so you can enjoy the evening together. This is going to be a great evening you won’t want to miss.
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