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 29,000 patients in targeted areas: Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Palm Beach County, Martin County, Jacksonville (Duval), Tallahassee, and Gainesville (Alachua). Our Golden Glades Health Center in the Miami Gardens area, serves as a hub for Planned Parenthood’s health care, education, and advocacy work. The need for access to sexuality education and reproductive health care in Miami is great. Miami continues to face a number of challenging health issues, specifically increasing HIV rates. Our work in Miami and across the state of Florida contributes to our goal of achieving the healthiest generation ever.
PPSENFL’s public affairs and advocacy work strives to build and train a larger, stronger, more diverse base of 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 among Planned Parenthood affiliates, especially with young activists. We have over 332,000 members in our Planned Parenthood Action Network (PPAN), a coalition base of 58 organizations represented on monthly calls organized by PPSENFL, and 7 Generation Action college chapters with members at FSU, UF, FAU FIU, Miami Dade, Palm Beach State College and FAMU.
Evidence Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program: Teen Outreach Program(r) (TOP(r))
Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program® (TOP®) 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® 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® engages youth through curriculum-guided group discussion and engagement in community service learning. Planned Parenthood TOP® Facilitators provide TOP® to youth in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach and counties, successfully implementing programming in after-school, in-school, and community-based settings. TOP reaches 500 students annually in Miami.
Zika Prevention and Community Outreach
Beginning in June 2017, PPSENFL once again began delivering Zika prevention messages to Miami Dade residents through volunteer neighborhood canvassing, phone banking, community outreach at health fairs and Zika kit distribution. PPSENFL Volunteers canvassed in the neighborhoods of Kendall, South Miami Heights, Richmond Heights, around the Miami Zoo, and Westwood Lakes to reach linguistically and geographically isolated populations. Educators delivered Zika prevention messages to community residents across Miami Dade through health fairs and community events. Zika kits (which include mosquito repellant, standing water tablets, condoms, and dental dams) were available at the Kendall Health Center and distributed to pregnant women through our various community partnerships.
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 4,000 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.