The ABCD Health Services Department is committed to keeping low income residents and communities in the greater Boston area healthy through public health promotion and wellness programs, including Title X family planning . Through Health Services program funding, tens of thousands of people each year are able to access sexual reproductive health services. Our rich community partnerships contribute to the success of our efforts.
In 2022 we provided disease prevention & reproductive care to 12,424 people
Our ABCD Community Prevention programs seek to empower BIPOC* and LGBTQ+** youth in the Greater Boston area to make informed, healthy decisions about their sexual health. All of our programs are trauma-informed, evidence-based or evidence-informed, and integrate the principles of racial equity and reproductive rights. All programs are FREE for participants and can take place in-person, virtually, or as a combination.
*Black, Indigenous, People of Color
**Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, and others on the gender and sexuality spectrum.
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.
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.
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Due to the coronavirus pandemic and ABCD’s commitment to preventing the spread of the infection, all trainings are currently being offered virtually.
Integrating Community Health Workers into Behavioral Health Care in Primary Care Settings
A toolkit for CHW Employers and Funders
The purpose of the CHW Behavioral Health Integration toolkit is to share training materials and research-based insights that might benefit employers of CHWs and other health professionals, training organizations, payers, community health worker programs, and policy makers. It will assist organizational planners, program managers, supervisors and other stakeholders in successfully integrating CHWs into the behavioral health services at their health setting.
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