ABCD goes “Red Ribbon” for WORLD AIDS DAY with staff across departments wearing Red Ribbins in remembrance of those who died and to reduce the stigma connected with the illness. The “Red Ribbon Day” was organized by ABCD Health Services.
ABCD provides communitydriven, community-based health promotion and disease prevention initiatives that aim to overcome documented health disparities in low-income neighborhoods and enable all community residents to achieve optimum health and wellness, regardless of income levels. ABCD health programs combine the best of current science with community-developed strategies to improve quality of life for those faced with economic hardship.
Family Planning Services ABCD
Family Planning clinical services are delivered in 51 primary care sites and reach more than 29,000 men, women and teens in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Quincy, Waltham, Everett, Malden, Revere and Chelsea. Services include contraceptive provision; pregnancy testing and counseling; assistance with achieving pregnancy; basic infertility, preconception-health, and sexually transmitted disease screening and treatment. These services are accessible, clientcentered, effective, efficient, equitable and evidence-based.
Education and Outreach Programs provide sexual and reproductive health and wellness workshops in schools, community-based organizations and neighborhood events to link residents to services in the Family Planning Partnership.
The Professional Training Program offers a comprehensive calendar of training opportunities in family planning, reproductive and sexual health for health professionals and community health workers.
Community-based Prevention Programs
These programs reach youth and adults in their community who may not use – or trust – conventional sources of care and information.
- FC2 Female Condom Boston was launched with a small grant from the Female Health Company maker of the FC2 Female Condom to increase awareness of in the greater Boston community. The FC2 is the only female condom approved by the US FDA and available in the USA.
- Give Her a Mic (GHAM) is support by Children’s Hospital Community Partnership fund to work with female role models that includes local artists, business owners in Boston’s communities of color to engage girls and young women of color in the Give Her a Mic workshops and large community events.
- Entre Nosotras/Between Us II promotes healthy behavior among Latina and Black young women ages 18 to 24 with the aim of reducing rates of HIV infections.
- Young Women’s Health Leadership Academy is a public health training institute for girls and young women of color. It seeks to increase leadership skills, health literacy and awareness of career opportunities in health-related fields.
- “It Pays” works to prevent teen pregnancy and to help young people develop healthy relationships. Workshops for parents help them understand and support their children’s healthy development.
- Sister2Sister is a one-to-one prevention program that uses video, brainstorming and skill-building activities to educate young women about sexual health and to reduce risk of sexually transmitted disease.
- Safer is S.E.X.Y (Sophisticated Empowered Xtraordinary You) uses social media as a tool to increase awareness of and educate about the impact of HIV on our community.
The ABCD Health Services investment this year was $3,686,685 which provided access to Family Planning for more than 27,000 men and women, training and support for 56 clinics and health centers, health education for staff at 65 partnering agencies, community-based health promotion and disease prevention for more than 6,000 at-risk young people.
TEEN BIRTH RATES HAVE DECREASED IN BOSTON BY 29 PERCENT FROM 2009 TO 2012. MUCH OF THE CREDIT IS DUE TO THE ACCESS TO COMPREHENSIVE SEXUAL HEALTH EDUCATION, CONTRACEPTIVE SERVICES, PROACTIVE POLICY CHANGES AT THE CITY AND STATE LEVEL AND COOPERATIVE EFFORTS OF COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS.YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE BEEN AT THE FOREFRONT IN LEADING PUBLIC PREVENTION HEALTH EFFORTS TO REACH THIS IMPORTANT GOAL.