Health Equity

Planned Parenthood of Southern New England

2017 - $75,000

This 12 month grant will help Planned Parenthood of Southern New England add primary care services to the family planning and reproductive health care currently provided at its Stamford health center – changes intended to better address unmet needs among young adults. Many young women get care from gynecologists or other family planning providers, but do not have a primary care provider. In addition, young adults ages 18 to 35 are among those most likely to be uninsured and least likely to seek preventive care. By offering primary care at the same place patients already get other health services, Planned Parenthood expects to increase the likelihood that patients will receive preventive care and make it possible to identify conditions – such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and depression – at an early stage. Planned Parenthood recently introduced a similar model to its Hartford North health center, with funding from the Connecticut Health Foundation. At the Stamford health center, which serves approximately 4,200 patients per year, 72 percent of patients are under age 30, more than half are black or Latina, 34 percent are uninsured, and two-thirds live below or near the poverty level.

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