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Plan Parenthood to Host Discussion


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.

 

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Largest LGBT Conference Comes to CT


HARTFORD —  Get ready for the “largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth conference” in Connecticut.

Planned Parenthood of Southern New England  is partnering with True Colors, to host the conference at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn on March 21 and March 22. The conference is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. and end at 7:30 p.m. on March 21 and continues the following morning  at 8 a.m. It ends at midnight following a student-only dance.

The theme of this year’s True Colors Conference is “leveling the playing field.”

In addition to co-sponsoring and having an educational table at the event, the PPSNE STARS (Students Teaching About Responsible Sexuality), a high school peer education group, will host various workshops on both days and on different topics, including Safer Sex is Smarter Sex, Communicate Before You Fornicate, Sex, Drugs and In Control and Media, Sexuality, Propaganda.

Open to both youth and adults, participants at the True Colors Conference can choose from hundreds of workshops from various tracks: professional, youth only, college only, spiritual institute, general audience, family and caregivers and the activist institute.

In addition to educational and personal growth, participants can enjoy entertainment by special guests, such as Kit Yan, slam poet; Danny Moreno, singer, dancer and entertainer; Robin Cloud, comedian and Brianna Scurry, ESPN commentator.

For more information on True Colors or the conference, visit ourtruecolors.org.

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Plan Parenthood Celebrates Opening of New Location in Manchester


MANCHESTER — Planned Parenthood of Southern New England celebrated its grand opening of a Manchester Health Clinic on Friday with a ribbon cutting ceremony with employees and guests, including Leo Diana, Mayor of Manchester, Judy Tabar, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England and Dr. Jewel Mullen, Commissioner of Department of Public Health.

PPSNE has evolved into an organization with 18 health centers in Connecticut and Rhode Island, delivering care to over 70,000 patients annually, and 90 percent of the services provided are preventive health services including routine GYN care, breast and cervical cancer screenings, birth control and pregnancy testing, abortion, STD/STI testing and treatment.

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Featured Photo: Department of Public Health Commissioner, center, is flanked by staff and supporters of Planned Parenthood.

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