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President & CEO Message

Dear Friends,

It has been a busy and exciting fall at PPHP. We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new electronic medical records system, Epic MyChart, at PPHP health centers. As of November 1, 2023, our patients can manage and schedule upcoming appointments, see test results, pay bills, and request refills, all in one place. Patients can also message providers or schedule telehealth visits to speak to a member of our health care staff from anywhere. We are excited to make the PPHP health care experience even more convenient and seamless for our patients. Please visit our website at pphp.org to learn more.

On Wednesday, October 18, 200 PPHP supporters gathered at Sarah Lawrence College (SLC) for our annual Empower Gala. It was an energizing evening filled with powerful words from Dr. Stacy De-Lin, PPHP’s Associate Medical Director, retired New York State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer, who received the PPHP Legacy Award, and our keynote speaker, Rebecca Traister, award winning author and journalist. SLC students joined the festivities, including members from the SLC Planned Parenthood Generation Action chapter. We raised over $620,000 to continue our mission of empowering individuals to determine their own sexual health and reproductive futures.

Lastly, I want to thank everyone who made it to the polls this election to make their voice heard. When we vote, we say we care about the future of our community. Thank you for taking the time to shape the future of Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, and Suffolk counties.

We are deeply grateful for our community who makes our work possible. Thank you for your support of PPHP.

In Solidarity,

Vincent Russell
President & CEO

Health Care: Transgender Awareness Week

Transgender Awareness Week, annually observed November 13 through 19, is a time to raise the visibility of transgender and nonbinary people and address issues the community faces. At PPHP we believe no one’s humanity or dignity is up for debate.

At PPHP, we offer a wide range of sexual and reproductive health care for transgender individuals. Our gender affirming care includes hormone therapy, injection training, and resources for additional health care services and other services. We are proud to now offer Testopel as part of our hormone therapy services. Testopel is a small pellet inserted by a health care provider in less than five minutes that slowly dissolves to release testosterone into the body over the course of three to four months.

We also offer birth control, STI testing and treatment, HIV testing and treatment, PEP and PrEP for HIV prevention, HPV vaccination, and other sexual and reproductive health care services for transgender individuals.

Transgender people are our patients, staff, and supporters. We are proud to support them, always, by providing inclusive sex education and sexual and reproductive health care for all, no matter what.

To learn more about these services, visit our website or call 800-230-PLAN.

Education: PPHP Featured in Sex Education Research 

The Education & Training team has been published in the Journal of Adolescent Health! In 2020, former Suffolk Community Health Educator Grace Wetzel entered a PhD program at Rutgers University, with a focus on human sexuality and psychology. She partnered with PPHP’s Education & Training program to provide data for her project, which focused on adolescent gaps in knowledge regarding sexuality education. Grace used our team’s anonymous questions database, which we gather from all education program participants, as the primary source of data for her study. This work highlights the need for comprehensive sex education in NY and across the nation. You can read the full article here.

Back in the classroom, our team is in full swing with three Teen Information and Peer Services (TIPS) programs this fall in Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester counties. Our long-time partner, Ramapo High School in Rockland County, has a full cohort of new TIPSters in addition to a small cohort of TIPS Mentors, students who have graduated from previous years who still want to be connected to our program. The comradery and leadership skills our facilitators provide engage students past graduation, and we’re happy to have them!

Advocacy & Government Relations: Save the Date for Day of Action in Albany on January 24

Mark your calendars because we’re headed to Albany for our Day of Action on January 24, 2024!

The 2023 Election is over, and we’re grateful to everyone who made their voice heard at the polls. Now, it’s critical that activists like you keep our elected officials accountable for ensuring access to sexual and reproductive health care and rights.

Next year, we have a robust set of legislative priorities that need your advocacy. We’ll be reminding our legislators that young people have a right to sex education, New York’s abortion funds need to be funded, and we must urgently address the Black maternal health crisis. Your voice can make a difference on these issues.

Sign up here and be sure to share with any other sexual and reproductive rights advocates in your life. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend a training session before Day of Action to learn more about lobbying and the event’s logistics—more to come!

Come Join Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic! 

PPHP has employment opportunities in our health care 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.

We currently have openings in the following departments:

  • Finance
  • Health care
  • Huma Resources
  • Facilities & Security
  • Patient Services

You can learn more about open positions and working at PPHP here.

Mark Your Calendars

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

Protecting Your Peace This Holiday Season
Monday, November 20

More information here

Government 101 Training
Tuesday, November 21
More information here

Smithtown Open House
Wednesday, November 29
Smithtown, NY

More information here

Day of Action
Wednesday, January 24
Albany, NY
More information here

High School Advocacy Program
February 6 – March 26

More information here

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:
Why Does My Nipple Hurt? | POPSUGAR Fitness

“What's Something You've Heard About Sex, But Are Unsure If It's True?”: Assessing Middle and High School Students' Sex Education Questions - ScienceDirect

Additional News:
Abortion bans are hindering access to domestic violence screenings (19thnews.org)

You've Been Going About the 'Sex Talks' With Your Kids All Wrong | Essence


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