Health

The ABCD Health Services Department is committed to keeping low income residents and communities in the greater Boston area healthy through local public health promotion and disease prevention programs, including Title X family planning and related preventive health services. ABCD’s programming provides free, high quality care to tens of thousands of people each year. Our network of neighborhood sites throughout Boston offers targeted programs to meet the health needs of each community. We also provide family planning programs in Cambridge, Somerville and Everett.

Health Outreach

Health Outreach

In 2017 30,067 people received disease prevention & reproductive health care.

ABCD offers reproductive and sexual health as well as wellness education programs to reach youth and adults in their community who may not use—or trust—conventional sources of care and information. We are community-based, meaning we collaborate with other programs, businesses, and non-traditional partners on educational and wellness events and initiatives.

We run a broad range of programs including Protect Your Black Girl Magic, and over the years, we’ve held Young Moms Power Meet-ups, programs for women reentering society after leaving prison, family planning programs for men, led coalition work to examine issues of teen pregnancy, participated in Black Woman Heal Day, and more.

ABCD’s women-focused programming welcomes anyone who identifies as a woman.

ABCD Services link: Know Your Status

Know Your Status

Getting tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections is vitally important for you and your health — and for those you love. Reach out to us today!
ABCD Services link: Let Girls Learn

Let Girls Learn

Learn what it means to have a healthy relationship, stay healthy when you're sexually active, understand sexual identities, and more through this short, informative program created just for you.
ABCD Services link: Lower the Sound

Lower the Sound

Lower the Sound — Save Your Hearing is a public health awareness campaign developed to draw attention to the growing number of children and young adults suffering from hearing loss because of exposure to loud noise.
ABCD Services link: Safer is Sexy

Safer is Sexy

Safer is Sexy--Sophisticated Empowered Xtraordinary You--is a social media and community outreach program to bring Black and Latina women and girls together with experts and allies to address substance abuse, HIV prevention, and more.
ABCD Services link: Sister2Sister

Sister2Sister

If you're between 15 and 25 years old and identify as a woman, this is a confidential judgment-free zone where we can help you understand and take control of your sexual health and well-being.
ABCD Services link: Young Women's Health Leadership Academy

Young Women’s Health Leadership Academy

You're a young woman who's curious about a career in public health, specifically reproductive and sexual health community prevention education. What are the career paths? What impact can you have? Start here.

The ABCD Family Planning Program collaborates with community health centers, school-based health centers, and hospital primary care programs to support comprehensive family planning and sexual health counseling, education and medical care for residents of the diverse neighborhoods in metro Boston. Our goals are to help individuals and couples prevent unintended pregnancies, decrease sexually transmitted infections and HIV, have healthy pregnancies, and stay healthy throughout their lives.

We train medical, nursing and community health worker staff to provide high quality, comprehensive, confidential family planning and sexual health care. If you are a healthcare professional interested in learning more about family planning, visit our Family Planning Training Institute page.

ABCD Services link: Family Planning Services

Family Planning Services

You can get ABCD Family Planning services regardless of your age, gender, immigration status or whether or not you have health insurance. All health centers can help you sign up for insurance and refer you to other types of assistance. Learn more!
ABCD Services link: Map: Family Planning Locations

Map: Family Planning Locations

Family Planning locations in the Boston and Greater Boston area.

The ABCD Family Planning Training Institute provides professional level training on family planning, reproductive health and sexuality education for healthcare providers, counselors, educators, and other community health workers. We offer a comprehensive calendar of professional training opportunities. Introduction to Family Planning, Basic Family Planning, and Family Planning for Advanced Practice are usually offered three times a year.

In addition, trainings on current reproductive health topics are held several times a year. Specialized trainings on family planning and reproductive health topics are available for community and health care agencies by special arrangement with ABCD staff.

ABCD also conducts mandatory trainings on current reproductive health topics several times a year. These trainings are required for certified family planning counselors in ABCD family planning funded sites.

ABCD Services link: Basic Family Planning Training

Basic Family Planning Training

If you work in a family planning and reproductive health program but have limited knowledge of family planning, this six day training provides a comprehensive introduction to family planning counseling.
ABCD Services link: Family Planning for Advanced Practice Training

Family Planning for Advanced Practice Training

If you're an RN, Advanced Practice Nurse or Physician Assistant, consider this intensive and comprehensive two day training course on family planning,
ABCD Services link: HIV Education for Health Workers

HIV Education for Health Workers

This 2 day training covers basic information about HIV, STIs, risk assessment, education and much more. It's designed for reproductive health educators, counselors, their supervisors, social workers, and other community agency staff.
ABCD Services link: Introduction to Family Planning Training

Introduction to Family Planning Training

If you're a health educator, outreach worker or other community agency staff (but not a family planning counselor in a clinical setting) interested in a basic intro to family planning and reproductive health, sign up!