Hempstead, NY—The New York State Department of Health (DOH) has awarded Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PPNC) with a new grant to augment its teen pregnancy prevention efforts among Latinas in Hempstead.
PPNC currently receives funding from the DOH to underwrite the Community-Based Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (CBAPP) program in Hempstead and Roosevelt, which have the two highest teen pregnancy rates in the county. Through CBAPP, Planned Parenthood works in partnership with local schools and service agencies to help teens delay the onset of sexual activity by offering the support needed to stay in school, as well as helping them plan for college and develop career plans.
Last year, officials from the Hempstead School District approached PPNC for help in addressing a sizeable increase in the number of pregnant or parenting Latina students. With this new grant, PPNC will enhance its current CBAPP activities by launching the Visiones Para Jovenes (Vision for Youth) project, which will target Latino youth and community members with culturally and linguistically appropriate pregnancy prevention services and access to reproductive health care.
Specific activities include opening a Teen Clinic in PPNC’s Hempstead health center, which would offer young people a place to seek teen-friendly, confidential and low-cost reproductive health care. In addition, PPNC will increase its collaboration with the school, facilitate bilingual workshops for students and their parents, and conduct peer outreach among Latina teens in Hempstead.
For more information about CBAPP, please contact Nadyne Ellis, CBAPP Director, at 516-750-2658.
Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PPNC) is one of more than 90 affiliates of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and operates 3 health centers in Nassau County. In 2009, PPNC provided services to more than 16,000 patients during 24,000 visits. We conducted education workshops and street outreach to 32,000 teens and families, and mobilized approximately 6,000 advocates to protect reproductive health care rights. PPNC has served the community for 77 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.