Health Care Services
PPSENFL provides lifesaving cancer screenings, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, birth control, HIV tests, pregnancy tests, education, vasectomies and permanent birth control, and abortion services. Planned Parenthood has 11 health centers that provide care to 23,000 patients in targeted areas: three in Miami; one in Broward; three in Palm Beach County; one in Martin County; one in Jacksonville; one in Tallahassee; and one in Gainesville. In Miami Gardens, we opened a new health facility to serve the North Miami corridor. It serves as a Miami hub for Planned Parenthood's health care, education, and advocacy work. The need for access to sexuality education and reproductive health care here in Miami is great. Miami continues to face a number of challenging health issues, specifically its increasing HIV rates. Our work in Miami and across the state of Florida contributes to our goal of achieving the healthiest generation ever.
Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program: Cuidate!
The Cuidate! curriculum is a cultural and theory-based HIV sexual risk-reduction program designed specifically for Hispanic youth. Cuidate! emphasizes the view of machismo that incorporates the values of caring for and protecting others; the cultural value of marianismo, reinforcing the views of loyalty and abstinence behaviors among Latina women, and encourages young women to consider condom use and refusal of sex as ways of protecting themselves; and the cultural value of familismo (or familialism). This value includes loyalty to and protection of one's family. The Cuidate! program recognizes that family is a source of support and that individual behavior affects and reflects on the family. These beliefs frame abstinence and condom use as culturally accepted and effective ways to prevent unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS.
Evidence Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program: Teen Outreach Program(r) (TOP(r))
Wyman's Teen Outreach Program(r) (TOP(r)) is an evidence-based program that aims to prevent teen pregnancy and increase academic success through a framework grounded in youth development.
Our Education Department is built on the belief system that youth should be valued and given all opportunities to grow. TOP(r) provides the foundation for our facilitators to contribute to the Life Skills, Healthy Behaviors and a Sense of Purpose that the youth of our communities need during their journey through adolescence.
TOP(r) engages youth through curriculum-guided group discussion and engagement in community service learning. Planned Parenthood TOP(r) Facilitators provide TOP(r) to 1,200 youth in Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, and Broward counties and in Gainesville and Jacksonville, successfully implementing programming in after-school, in-school, and community-based settings.
Zika Prevention and Community Outreach
As Miami has become ground zero for the spread of the Zika virus, our community education and outreach has been important and mission-centric, in order to help battle this public health crisis. In our health centers we are providing Zika prevention kits to patients who are pregnant or plan to get pregnant. Beginning in August, Planned Parenthood canvassers knocked on 25,000 doors in Miami neighborhoods that are most at risk, engaged community partners, and provided residents with information on the sexual transmission of the Zika virus and where they can get tested if needed.
Planned Parenthood’s community education and outreach also includes sexuality information and education for teens, adults and parents during health center visits and in the community. Educators provide lifesaving information to 3,000 teens, young adults, parents and community members each year in Miami. Presentations are available to any youth serving agencies and organizations at health fairs, after-care programs, juvenile justice services, schools and community groups, with instruction in breast health, human development, relationships, personal and interpersonal skills, sexual health, sexual harassment, and parent education.
PPSENFL's public affairs and advocacy work strives to build and train a larger, stronger, more diverse base of grasstops and grassroots supporters to advocate for reproductive rights and mobilize against policy attacks. Through coalition partners, engagement of young professionals, volunteers, college students, patient advocates and supporters, we promote solutions to improve the availability of reproductive health care in Florida. Individuals are identified to take a leadership role, such as lead a phone bank, canvass neighborhoods, host a house party or be a lobby day leader. PPSENFL has a successful history of organizing and movement building, especially with young activists. We have over 200,000 members in our Planned Parenthood Action Network, a coalition base of 65 organizations represented on monthly calls organized by PPSENFL, and 11 VOX (Voices for Planned Parenthood) college chapters with members at FIU and Miami-Dade College.