Mission: To provide, promote, and protect access to reproductive health care and sexuality education so that all people can make voluntary choices about their reproductive and sexual health.
Programs: At planned parenthood of northern new england (ppnne), our work is guided by our mission to provide, promote, and protect access to reproductive health care and sexuality education so that all people can make voluntary choices about their reproductive and sexual health. Women, men and teens across maine, new hampshire, and vermont rely on ppnne as an affordable reproductive and sexual health care provider, educator, and steadfast advocate. In 2014, patients came to our 21 health centers across the region for vital services, such as well woman exams, cancer screenings, a wide array of the most effective contraceptive methods, emergency contraception, abortion care, sexually transmitted infection (sti) testing and treatment, confidential hiv testing and counseling, colposcopy (a follow-up procedure for abnormal pap tests), and hpv/hepatitis immunizations. We are a safety-net provider - and for many of our patients - their primary source of health care. Last year, 62% of our patients were living at or below 150% of the federal poverty level ($17,505 for one person); 20% were uninsured; and 41% were on a medicaid program. Nearly 90% were female. In 2014, teens made up 16% of our patient base and 71% were under the age of 30. Especially at our busy urban sites, we are serving increasing numbers of new americans; last year, our patients spoke more than 20 languages. In 2014, ppnne:- provided sexual health care and education to 41,634 patients through 63,038 visits. - delivered over $7. 2 million in free or discounted health care to vulnerable populations. - provided vital services, such as 68,212 sti tests, 13,664 pregnancy tests, 4,610 pap tests, and 5,730 breast exams. - achieved high patient satisfaction ratings with 98% of those surveyed rating their experience as "excellent" or "good. " also, 99% of patients said they would recommend ppnne to others. - implemented electronic health records (ehr) at 9 health centers, and continued preparations to launch ehr at our 8 remaining sites in 2015. - continued implementing telemedicine pilot programs in northern vermont, including developing plans for a new model to pilot in 2015. - opened our 6th relocated and transformed health center in white river junction, vermont in december of 2014. Our health center transformations create beautiful, modern, efficiently designed, and technologically-equipped centers that help ppnne reach and serve more young people - those most at-risk for unintended pregnancies and stis.
ppnne is committed to ensuring young people have access to the education and information they need to make healthy choices. We believe teens must play an instrumental role in designing and implementing ppnne's community education initiatives. As such, our growing peer education program trains youth to serve as peer educators, delivering life-changing sexuality education in schools, community groups and through one-on-one interactions. Student participants receive extensive peer educator training and continuous support from our peer education staff. In 2014, ppnne:- grew our peer education program in chittenden county, vermont, which serves students at two local high schools. - continued laying the groundwork to initiate a teen sexuality program in manchester, new hampshire - including completing a community needs assessment and co-founding a new coalition of local organizations dedicated to comprehensive sexuality education
our public policy and grassroots organizing staff have been working hard in each state to promote and protect access to women's health care, the needs of uninsured and low income populations, and reproductive rights. Supporting their work is a network of over 20,000 activists throughout maine, new hampshire, and vermont who help us face challenges unique to our political landscape. Across our region, we utilize staffing, volunteer, and advocacy strategies designed to optimize each state's strengths and overcome specific threats and challenges, including protecting women's health care and family planning access in the evolving health care systems in each of our states. In 2014, ppnne:- continued a partnership with the state of vermont to implement the vermont access plan, a program that provides free family planning services to women and men with incomes up to 200% of the federal poverty level (fpl). In 2014, ppnne served 5,000 people through this program. - continued to provide free family planning services to increasing numbers of new hampshire women and men through the state's expanded medicaid coverage for family planning services (for patients up to 185% fpl). Called the new hampshire family planning program, ppnne served over 2,800 people through this program last year. - supported efforts to secure expansion of new hampshire's full medicaid program. Potentially benefiting an estimated 50,000 low income people, the legislation passed in 2014 expanded eligibility up to 138% of the federal poverty level. - continued ppnne's role as a go-to organization for health insurance information and enrollment assistance with the new online marketplaces and medicaid expansions. Grant support enables ppnne health centers to provide in-person enrollment assistance to individuals who would like help with selecting an affordable insurance plan and accessing subsidies and/or tax credits. - successfully championed legislation to remove outdated language from vermont state statutes that criminalized abortion providers. - worked with coalition partners to pass vermont legislation to protect families from toxic chemicals in products for children. - worked with city officials in burlington, vermont to pass a new harassment ban ordinance to protect patients while entering and exiting our health center. - defeated numerous anti-choice, anti-family planning bills across maine, new hampshire and vermont.
ppnne continues to focus on online opportunities and social media to increase visibility and encourage people to become patients, activists, and supporters. We also utilize student leaders at college chapters and our community engagement staff to expand visibility through intern programs, greeter programs, community tabling, educational events, and other outreach. Additionally, we have continued growing our robust social media and youth engagement work. Our popular informational video series on youtube, called a naked notion, has helped spur dramatic growth in our social media reach. In addition to the a naked notion youtube channel, we use facebook, twitter and tumblr to reach young people where they are. By the end of 2014, our a naked notion youtube channel had 40,000 subscribers and over 3. 5 million views of our videos.