For over 55 years, PHS’ Sexual and Reproductive Health Centers have been providing essential health services to NYC’s most vulnerable individuals and communities. Without these centers, many New Yorkers would not have access to personalized, patient-centered, compassionate, and free or low-cost health care services. Despite their critical importance, our centers are increasingly under threat – first with the Trump Administration’s gag rule which made it unethical to receive Title X funding and now with an unexpected cut of $1.8 million in funding from the NY State Legislature.
Our Sexual and Reproductive Health 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.
PHS’ Sexual and Reproductive Health Capacity Building (SRH-CB) Program supports primary care practices and other health care settings to provide patient-centered contraceptive care and ensure access to high-quality services. PHS provides quality improvement coaching, training and technical assistance on contraceptive care best practices, patient-centered care strategies and the Sexual and Reproductive Justice (SRJ) framework, as well as technical solutions to improve billing and revenue cycle management.
In the summer of 2019, we made the difficult decision to turn away Title X Family Planning funding due to the federal government’s gag rule that would prevent our network from providing comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care services. PHS was a direct grantee of the program, the only federal funding source dedicated solely to family planning, for nearly 40 years. PHS’ Title X program supported a network of 13 service sites that served New Yorkers each year, providing high-quality and comprehensive services for low-income or uninsured community members.