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 operates 11 health centers across 45 counties in Florida, providing health care services and education to 50,000 patients and teens across our service 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 nearly 400,000 members in our Planned Parenthood Action Network (PPAN), a statewide and national coalition base of 63 organizations represented on monthly calls organized by PPSENFL, and 14 Generation Action college chapters with members at FAMU, UF, FSU, UCF, FSC, NCF, FIU, UM, Miami Dade College, FGCU, USF Tampa and St. Petersburg, FAU, and Palm Beach State College.
Evidence Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs: (TOP ®) and FLASH
Our Education Department is built on the belief system that youth should be valued and given all opportunities to grow. Through two evidence-based programs, teens learn about life skills, healthy behaviors, and tools to talk to their parents about difficult conversations as they make their journey through adolescence.
Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program® (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.
Planned Parenthood implemented a brand new education program this year called FLASH (Family Life and Sexual Health). FLASH is a widely used sexual health education curriculum developed by Public Health – Seattle & King County and designed to prevent teen pregnancy, STDs, and sexual violence. Planned Parenthood delivers FLASH in schools and community-based settings in Miami, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. This year, FLASH will serve 700-800 students in Miami.
Planned Parenthood’s community education and outreach also includes sexuality information and education for teens, adults, and parents providing lifesaving information to 4,000 teens, young adults, parents, and community members each year in Miami.
Hurricane Relief Efforts
In an effort to assist Floridians who were impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida (PPSENFL) and Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida (PPSWCF) launched the Emergency Hurricane Fund with the support of a private foundation. In October 2017, we began offering relief services at all 22 Planned Parenthood health centers in the state, covering the cost of basic reproductive health care services for those who faced a hardship after the hurricanes.
PPSENFL provided patients with no-cost birth control options, testing and/or treatment of infections, and emergency contraception. At the end of January 2018, funding was exhausted serving 1,169 patients with direct care. In addition, PPSENFL served more than 10 organizations by providing resources and 2,000 relief bags to community partners, women’s centers, and schools in Belle Glade, South Dade, Homestead, and the Keys. In order to promote services, our affiliate issued a joint press release with PPSWCF, posted information on social media, on our website and made information available when patients called in for appointments.
Patients across our service area are responding with overwhelming gratitude. “Hurricanes are scary, but nice deeds are appreciated. Thanks to everyone who helped, it means a lot.” PPSENFL will continue to work with our partners to inform and serve residents affected in hopes of rebuilding our community, No. Matter. What.
Supporting Reproductive Justice
Planned Parenthood is proud of our active role in standing up for the civil rights of our most marginalized patients by adapting the princi¬ples of the Reproductive Justice movement – which intersects repro¬ductive rights with social justice.
This past year, we’ve seen our country at a divide. We are faced with an environment where immigrants are at risk for deportation, where discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) communities is deemed acceptable, and where communities of color are being called out, openly harassed, and even physically targeted because of their race.
Every day we see patients who identify themselves as multi-cultural, multi-lingual, sexually diverse, and gender fluid—they do not define themselves as having a fixed gender. It is our mission at Planned Parenthood to ensure these differences are embraced, supported and treated with care and respect.
Reproductive Justice is critical to our mission. Women must be able to decide not only if and when to have a baby— they must also be able to parent their children in safe and healthy communities—free of fear and violence from individuals or political power. In 2017, PPSENFL began focusing on reproductive justice by supporting organizations in Miami, Broward, and Palm Beach counties on social justice issues.
It is our goal to work side by side with residents and coalition partners within our service area to fight for equality for all.