PPLM believes sexual health is essential to every person’s overall health, well-being, and happiness. Based on our conversations, internally and externally, and local public health data, we know that people of color in Massachusetts do not have equitable access to sexual and reproductive health care and education. This is unjust and an affront to our mission. PPLM has the tools, resources, and obligation to partner in our communities to promote health equity, especially as it relates to sexual and reproductive health.
To do this, we must start with ourselves. In order to authentically address health equity in communities across Massachusetts, we are taking focused steps to make progress in our own organization. We have embarked on a diversity, equity, and inclusion process that will lead us toward becoming an organization that better reflects our patients and embodies cultural humility. Simultaneously, we will focus on specific sexual and reproductive health outcomes in key areas throughout the state where we believe the greatest impact can be achieved for people of color based on need, PPLM presence, and public support.
Within the next three years, our work with community partners will result in people of color experiencing:
- Greater access to sexual and reproductive health care and education;
- Decreased stigma when accessing sexual and reproductive health services;
- Increased opportunity for authentic and culturally appropriate care; and
- Better sexual and reproductive health outcomes.
Additionally, we believe every person should have equitable access to safe, legal abortion, no matter who they are or where they live. PPLM recognizes that geographical and systemic barriers entrenched in discrimination and stigma prevent people in Massachusetts from having equitable opportunity to choose their own path and access abortion care. To combat this, we will also focus on expanding abortion access across the Commonwealth.