Despite spending twice as much on health care than any other western country, United States has some of the widest disparities in health outcomes, particularly in areas of sexual and reproductive health. In addition, recent policy changes have disproportionately affected the health and rights of our most vulnerable communities – low-income women and their families, at-risk teenagers and the uninsured – putting the city’s public health at risk.
For New York City, where nearly a fifth of the population lives below the poverty line, and more than 700,000 adults lack health insurance, access to SRH services is essential to positive health outcomes.
We operate two Sexual and Reproductive Health Centers in some of the poorest neighborhoods of New York City, providing over 4,000 women, men, and adolescents each year with affordable services including free, walk-in pregnancy testing, gynecological exams, prenatal care, contraception, STI testing and treatment and HIV testing and counseling.
We connect with over 5,000 teenagers annually in public schools to provide sexual and reproductive health education and support.
PHS helps build the capacity of primary care practices across the city to provide contraceptive information and services through our Family Planning Capacity Building Program.
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. PHS ensures that funds support a network of 13 service sites that serve 30,000 New Yorkers each year.
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