NEW HAVEN — Planned Parenthood of Southern New England will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by reaffirming its commitment to eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities within the Latino and Hispanic communities.
In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, PPSNE is partnering with New Haven León Sister City Project for a roundtable discussion entitled “Standing Up for Women’s Health & Women’s Lives” on Sept. 30 at 5:30 p.m. at 345 Whitney Ave., New Haven, CT.
“We believe all women and their families deserve the highest quality of care no matter who they are and where they live — no matter what. Our doors are open to everyone regardless of race, income, geography, citizenship status or gender identity,” said Kafi Rouse Director of Public Relations & Marketing with Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. “As the leading provider and advocate for sexual and reproductive health in Connecticut and Rhode Island, we know firsthand why it is important for the Latino community to have access to a comprehensive range of preventive health care services.”
The event will focus on strategies women are using to defend their health and their lives in New Haven and rural Nicaragua. This event is free and open to the public.
Political attempts to defund Planned Parenthood would threaten basic preventive health care services for more than 575,000 Latinos who rely on Planned Parenthood for care every year – including more than 12,000 in Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Hispanics and Latinos face greater obstacles to obtaining, and benefiting from, sexual and reproductive health services than whites. As a result, they experience higher rates of reproductive cancers, unintended pregnancy, and sexually transmitted infections than most other groups of people in the U.S., for example:
- Latinas are more likely to be diagnosed with cervical cancer than women of any other racial or ethnic group
- Approximately 56 percent of pregnancies among Latinas are unintended
- Latinos contract HIV at more than three times the rate of whites
- Approximately 16 percent of Latinas have not visited a physician in the last two years, and one quarter do not have a regular health care provider
For more information, email Mayra.Sierra@ppsne.org.