In the Community
Every year, Planned Parenthood health centers serve nearly three million women, men, and young people in the U.S. They provide basic preventive health care like birth control, cancer screenings, and STD tests. Planned Parenthood also implements a variety of education programs to meet the needs of local communities including parent-child workshops and presentations on a wide array of topics of sexual and reproductive health.
Across the country, about a quarter of Planned Parenthood’s patients are Latinos. Each one of those patients — more than 600,000 of them — have stories of their own. Has Planned Parenthood been there for you? Share your story.
The services provided in Planned Parenthood health centers are particularly vital to the Latino community, as Latinos face greater obstacles to obtaining sexual and reproductive health services than their non-Latino peers. A variety of factors cause this lack of access, including language barriers, restrictive legislative policies or lack of health insurance coverage (See PlannedParenthoodHealthInsuranceFacts.org in English, and PlannedParenthoodAsegurate.org en Español). The causes of inaccessibility to care often lead to later stage diagnoses of preventable disease.
Planned Parenthood is committed to long-term partnership with the Latino community and fighting and advocating on the issues that are important. Whether it’s through the Raiz program that works with local organizations and leaders on a range of issues or by taking an unwavering stance that comprehensive immigration reform must include increased access to health care, we are here.
Planned Parenthood health centers see more than 600,000 members of the Latin@ community every year and have been engaged in advocacy battles at various levels with numerous community partners throughout the years. The Raíz (Spanish for “root”) program is a unique program implemented by Planned Parenthood Federation of America that works to build long-term, sustainable, community organizing structures in authentic partnership with the Latin@ community. Active in five states — Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Florida — local organizers work with Planned Parenthood affiliates and community partners to develop volunteer leaders and speak out about issues affecting the local Latin@ community.
One widely utilized approach to target Latinos throughout the country is the promotores model. Promotores, a Spanish word meaning “promoters,” or community health workers, are educators and outreach workers who provide their neighbors, friends, and families with health education and connect them to high-quality, low-cost services in their communities. As integral members of target communities, promotores are able to reach community members and start conversations about health in ways that are culturally and linguistically appropriate.
The sexual and reproductive health promotores outreach model helps direct many Latinos to Planned Parenthood health centers.
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