Hempstead, NY--Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PPNC) has been awarded a $2,500 Community Service Award grant from Soroptimist International of Nassau County in support of its efforts to provide free prenatal care to low-income women.
"At Planned Parenthood, our mission is to provide women with a full and complete range of reproductive health care, and that includes prenatal care," said Ms. Smith. "Our state funding for the prenatal program was slashed last fall. This award will help underwrite the program and ensure that our patients continue to receive the prenatal services they need for a safe, healthy pregnancy."
For the past 20 years, PPNC's prenatal program has provided low-income, uninsured women with general health education, information about childbirth and parenting, one-on-one counseling from certified social workers and nutritional guidance, as well as free prenatal vitamins, flu shots and Lamaze classes--all at no cost.
Approximately 200 women, many of them young and Latino, enroll in PPNC's prenatal program each year. The program's low birth weight rate is 3.5 percent, well below the county average of 8 percent, and the preterm delivery rate is 5.5 percent, also lower than the county average of 12.4 percent. The program also has a high post-partum visit return rate--higher than reported by most private doctors--and many prenatal patients stay with PPNC for GYN care after having their baby.
The Community Service Award grant will be given to PPNC at the Soroptimist International of Nassau County's Annual Gala on June 26, 2012 at the Westbury Manor in Westbury.
Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PPNC) is one of 79 affiliates of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and operates 3 health centers in Hempstead, Glen Cove and Massapequa. In 2011, PPNC provided preventive health services to more than 13,000 patients during 23,000 visits. We conducted education workshops, street outreach and prevention programs to over 36,000 community members, and mobilized 7,500 advocates to protect reproductive health care rights. PPNC has served the community for 79 years, and is dedicated to educating and empowering individuals to make responsible choices regarding their sexuality and sexual health. For more information about PPNC's services and programs, visit www.ppnc.org