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President & CEO Message

Dear Friends,

I would like to thank everyone who supported our Empower Gala last week. With your support, we raised more than $500,000 for our health care services, education programs, and advocacy efforts. This is truly remarkable, and I extend my deepest appreciation to you.

I know you have seen the abortion restrictions being passed in states across the country and are outraged like I am. We can’t let that happen in New York and I am excited to announce our annual Day of Action will be held January 24, 2023, in Albany. This is the first time we will be in-person since 2020 and it is more important than ever that we let our elected officials know access to abortion, and all sexual and reproductive health, cannot be taken away. More information will be coming shortly

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. Please share our posts so your friends and family stay informed as well.

In this together,

Vincent Russell
President & CEO

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, observed annually in October, Planned Parenthoods across the country help to elevate awareness of this complex disease. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the world; this year, more than 287,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in the U.S. alone. Anyone with breasts should receive a breast exam every 1 to 3 years, starting at the age of 25. After the age of 40, an annual breast exam is recommended, and a mammogram every 1 to 2 years.

People should speak to their health care provider if they, or someone in their family, has a history of breast or ovarian cancer, as this may mean they should get screened at a younger age or more regularly. Planned Parenthood encourages people to understand breast cancer risk factors as well as how to identify symptoms because self-exams alone are no longer recommended as a preventive practice or early-detection method.

If you would like to learn more, visit https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/cancer/breast-cancer. If you would like to schedule an appointment for a visit at one of our health centers, please call 800-230-PLAN (7526).

Engaging Young People Through Education Programs

Our Teen Information and Peer Services (TIPS) Program is a peer education program in which high school students are trained to be co-facilitators with our team and be a resource for sexual health information for their classmates. In September we began recruiting TIPS in Rockland and Westchester counties.  These TIPSters will begin training in late-October and our facilitators are eager to educate and empower this new cohort of students.

Our Promotores Program is in Suffolk County this year, and our Bilingual Promotores Outreach Coordinator is partnering with Stony Brook University to host our new cohort comprised of students at the university. The program is a peer health education program for young Latinx adults within Suffolk County. The Promotores program aims to decrease reproductive health disparities that exist in low-income, uninsured, and undocumented populations within the Latinx community by giving Promotores participants comprehensive reproductive health education. The program is currently recruiting and will launch in late October.

Lastly, we are excited to announce our Promotores Outreach Coordinator’s translation for FRIES (Freely Given, Reversible, Informed, Enthusiastic, and Specific), the acronym we use in empowering students on the topic of consent is going to be used by Planned Parenthood Federation (PPFA) as the template for affiliates. The resource was one which PPFA struggled to find a suitable translation. Our teams’ translation uses the acronym DEBER, which means “to have” in Spanish, and neatly ties the acronym to the topic of consent.  

We are excited to return to classrooms this fall and educating young people about sexual and reproductive health. To learn more about our Education and Training programs, please visit https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-hudson-peconic/local-education-training.

Prepare for Election Day 2022

You know Election Day is only a few weeks away, but you may not know Early Voting begins on October 29! This year, many seats are on the ballot—U.S. Senate, Governor, Lt. Governor, State Senate, and State Assembly.  In some areas, your Congressional representative may also be up for election, and you may have local elections as well.

Early voting is from Saturday, October 29 through Sunday, November 6. During this time, you may cast your ballot at locations throughout your county. A list of locations and hours can be found at https://www.weareplannedparenthood.org/a/early-polling-locations-pphp. On Tuesday, November 8, you can only vote at your designated polling location. To find out where you cast your ballot, visit https://www.elections.ny.gov/.

Be sure to educate yourself about who is running to represent you at the different levels of government. To learn more about who will be on your ballot, visit https://www.elections.ny.gov/.

Your vote is your voice—be sure to use it this election!

Mark Your Calendars

We are already planning events for next year. Be sure to mark your calendars and check your email for more details and ticket and sponsorship opportunities.

Rise Up for Repro Rights
Tuesday, January 10
Virtual event
More information coming soon

Day of Action 2023
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
The Capitol, Albany
More information coming soon

East End Benefit
Saturday, June 3, 2023
The Clubhouse, East Hampton
More information coming soon
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

NPR: Health department medical detectives find 84% of U.S. maternal deaths are preventable

The Guardian: What a pregnancy actually looks like before 10 weeks – in pictures

The List: How Closing Abortion Clinics Have Affected STD Rates

LeftVoice: Hundreds of New York Students, Faculty and Staff Walk Out for Reproductive Justice