As the year comes to an end, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on this past year. While 2021 had its challenges - the continued Covid pandemic and endless attacks on abortion access - it's also been a big year of growth for us. Through it all, we’ve known our patients and community needed us more than ever and we’ve stepped up to meet those needs. As an organization, I am proud of what we’ve accomplished and grateful to you, our incredible community of supporters, volunteers, and advocates, for standing with us through it all.
Here’s a snapshot of a few accomplishments and highlights of 2021:
- We provided essential sexual and reproductive health services including more than 100,000 STI tests, 4,000 cancer prevention screenings, and 100,000 birth control cycles.
- We celebrated our two-year anniversary of offering gender-affirming hormone care. Since launching our TransCare program, we’ve held more than 800 visits. We are proud to do our part to ensure transgender and non-binary people can live full, healthy, authentic lives.
- We launched our Covid vaccine clinics, putting us among one of the first Planned Parenthood affiliates to help vaccinate our community. To date, we've administered more than 5,000 vaccines across all of our health centers. At the same time, our organization has reached hundreds of people with Covid education, resources, and patient navigation.
- Our youth leadership program Peer Advocates celebrated the completion of their community impact project on body image. The students conducted a community needs assessment and received over 1,700 responses from youth throughout the San Gabriel Valley and Northeast LA. Using their data, they presented their recommendations on how to improve body image education to school administrators, medical providers, parents, community leaders, and their fellow peers.
- We advocated for abortion by bringing together local organizations and nearly 1,000 community members to ensure abortion remains protected and supported in California-both for local and for out-of-state patients.
- Our organization expanded its commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work. We are investing time and resources in our PPPSGV staff and board of directors to address the systemic barriers in our organization.
I'm proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish this year. You - our staff, supporters, volunteers, community partners, and donors - have played a part in driving our collective success. Thank you for standing with us as we look ahead to building a brighter future in 2022.