We take a multifaceted approach to support New Yorkers in leading healthy reproductive and sexual lives.
Since 2010, the overall number of women who have gained access to publicly-funded contraceptive services rose 54%, with particularly large increases among low-income and Hispanic women. Meanwhile, there have been steep declines in unplanned births and unintended pregnancies across the country, including New York.
Public Health Solutions has contributed to these trends in low-income communities around NYC, providing patients and public health practitioners with tools and services to ensure the best possible care. Our programs and services include:
MIC-Women’s Service Centers provide affordable healthcare services including free, walk-in pregnancy testing, gynecological exams, prenatal care, contraception, STI testing and treatment and HIV testing and counseling to over 4,000 women, men and adolescents each year.
Title X Family Planning is the only federal funding source dedicated solely to family planning. We administer federal Title X funding to health centers to support them in providing high-quality and comprehensive family planning and preventive health services for low-income or uninsured community members. Public Health Solutions ensures that funds support a network of 10 sites that serve 30,000 New Yorkers each year.
Family Planning Capacity Building Program offers specialized training and technical assistance to increase contraceptive care in a primary care setting. It has significantly increased pregnancy intention screening in Quality Improvement Collaborative sites from 3% to 80%, with the number of patients initiating or continuing with a contraception method from 2% to 68%.
WhichMethod.org is a bilingual (English and Spanish) online application to help teens and young women engage in the birth control decision-making process. This digital decision-making tool helps young women choose a contraceptive method that is effective, medically appropriate, and best fits their lifestyle and goals.