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President & CEO Message

Dear Friends,

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), which celebrates the achievements and contributions of Asian American & Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) in the United States. We ground this moment in the lived experiences of Asian American communities across the United States, particularly in a post-Dobbs climate.

AANHPI communities can face barriers to abortion like language access, immigration status, and cultural stigma around abortion. We're here to support AANHPI communities and make sure they have equal access to compassionate health care — no matter what.

We were happy to see many of you last week at our Making Waves in Huntington event. Next month, we’ll be back in Suffolk on June 3 at our Making Waves: PPHP’s East End Benefit. We are excited to debut the condom wrapper art project, featuring art by leading artists including Scott Bluedorn, Idoline Duke, Melinda Hackett, Marilyn Minter, Cindy Sherman, Lucy Winton, and Almond Zigmund. Tickets can be purchased here.

Thank you for your continued support of 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.


In this together, 

Vincent Russell 

President & CEO 

Health Care: National Nurses Week: May 6 – May 12

Last week we celebrated National Nurses Week, an opportunity to recognize the commitment, compassion, and the exceptional care they provide to patients every day. Nurses protect the lives and health of people, families, and communities daily.

PPHP’s health services rely on the hard work of nurses across our 10 health centers. Thank you to our health center nurses whose dedication ensures that people have access to a full range of sexual and reproductive health care options, including cancer screenings, birth control, testing and treatment for STIs, abortion, prenatal care, gender affirming care, and accurate sexual and reproductive health information. We are grateful for your compassion and the high quality of health care you provide.

To book a health care visit and receive care from our incredible team of nurses and providers, visit pphp.org or call 1-800-230-PLAN.

Education: Springing Into the Community

Spring has arrived, and for our Education and Training Team that means many opportunities to connect with the community. The team has tabled and talked at events in Rockland, Westchester, and Suffolk counties, reaching over 400 people in April alone. We are thrilled to have met such a diverse array of people and visit many different parts of the counties we serve.

In Suffolk County we attended Take Back the Night at Suffolk County Community College, PFY Trans Expo, and Women’s Wellness Fair at Patchogue local library. In Westchester and Rockland counties we attended Pace University Sexology, the Resource and Transition fair at Rockland BOCES, and Wellness Outreach fair at Rockland Community College, to name a few. Our team loves meeting you all and talking about everything reproductive and sexual health. If you see one of our tables, come say hi — we always have goodies!

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

Advocacy & Government Relations: Youth in Action 

Last month, we had 10 incredible high school and college students attend our Youth Lobby Day. They planned and led meetings with elected officials to discuss issues that were important to them, such as sex education and the Reproductive Freedom and Equity Grant Fund. The elected officials were thrilled to hear from students, and some even invited the students to join them in Albany for further conversations about what is impacting young people today. We are so inspired by the young activists in our community!

For young people looking to get more involved, our Youth Summer Series returns next month. This three-part event series is a great opportunity to be in virtual community with your fellow young volunteers while making a change and learning new skills. We welcome you to join one, two, or all three sessions:  

June 13, Individual Activism - You will learn about and practice actions like having difficult conversations, writing letters to the editor, and emailing your elected officials.

July 11, External Activism - You will learn about and practice actions like posting on social media, canvassing, and phone banking.

August 8, Intergenerational Activism - As part of PPHP's year-long 90th anniversary celebration, we will join activists of all ages to learn how our history informs our present. We will collaborate activist tactics that have stood the test of time as well as ones that use exciting new technology.

If you’re interested in joining us for future events, check out our Monthly Activist Calendar for more ways to get involved in PPHP Advocacy efforts. Our upcoming events are also listed below.

PPHP’s 90th Anniversary: A Moment in History

In honor of PPHP’s 90th Anniversary, we will be answering a question about our organization’s history each month.  

How did PPHP arrive in Suffolk county?

Planned Parenthood of North Suffolk opened its doors in March 1951. The center was established with private donations from residents of Oyster Bay and Huntington Villages, along with a start-up loan from the already-established Planned Parenthood of Nassau County.  In similar fashion, Planned Parenthood of North Suffolk gave a loan to a group from Patchogue and Bellport for the establishment of Planned Parenthood of East Suffolk in 1963. Planned Parenthood of North Suffolk and Planned Parenthood East Suffolk merged in June 1979, and assumed the name of Planned Parenthood of Suffolk County.

Mark Your Calendars

Be sure to mark your calendars and share these events with your friends and family.

Youth Summer Series
Second Tuesday of June, July, & August

More information here

Making Waves: PPHP’s Hamptons Benefit
Saturday, June 3, 2023
The Clubhouse, East Hampton
More information here

Making Waves: PPHP’s Wine Tasting
Sunday, September 10, 2023
The Old Field Club, East Setauket
More information to come  

The Empower Gala
Wednesday, October 18, 2023
Sarah Lawrence University, Bronxville
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

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