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.
In 2019, we provided 24,841 individuals with disease prevention services.
ABCD Community Prevention offers Sexual Health, HIV/STI Prevention, Wellness Education, Personal Development/Empowerment Programs and Community Events in the greater Boston area. Our programs are trauma informed, integrate gender and cultural pride, and are inclusive to reach youth and young adults in the community who may not use—or trust—conventional sources of care and information.
Our goal is to ensure that young people’s rights to information, health education, wellness, and care are accessible in our community to support their overall well-being.
Community Prevention programs provide high-quality HIV/STI prevention, sexual health, and wellness education for youth and young adults where they live, learn, and leisure:
- Research shows sex education reduces the rates of unplanned pregnancies and STIs. It also shows that young people make better health and lifestyle decisions (free from fear and stigma) when they are educated to make informed decisions about their bodies, health, and relationships.
- Our core education models are evidence-based and show positive impacts on supporting the health and well-being of young people and are attuned to the context and social conditions affecting communities in which our young people live.
- The programs we offer have a focused population-based on funder guidelines and work to ensure they are open to and inclusive of young people in our community.
- Our program staff are trained and representative of the young people we serve in the community.
- Community programs are offered at no cost to agencies and young people and often provide participants with incentives for completing our programs.
We collaborate on educational and wellness events and initiatives with other programs, businesses, and non-traditional partners. Our long history of providing a broad range of program and community events includes:
- “Healthy Visions” is held every January; “Black Women’s Heal Day” in April; “Love Your Menses” in May, and many more themed events such as World AIDS Day, Protect Your Black Girl Magic, and Young Moms Power Meet-ups.
- Our programs have served women reentering society after leaving prison; family planning programs for men; coalition work to examine issues of teen pregnancy; HIV/STI testing for Boston residents, and social media campaigns to increase awareness about HIV/STI and other health care disparities in the community.
We can offer these programs on the virtual platform. As COVID-19 safety guidelines allow, we will offer hybrid programming of in-person and virtual.
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, the Training Institute activities will be curtailed during this time and we are developing systems to attempt to maintain as many of our services as possible.
We have been diligently working to adapt our training curricula to a virtual platform. Please send your registration by the deadline, and we will send additional information to your email inbox. The dates for each training are as follows:
Introduction to Family Planning in 2021 will be offered online on the following dates: March 3, 4 & 5 (Feb 18, 2021 Deadline). June 16, 17 & 18 (June 3, 2021 Deadline). November 3, 4 & 5 (Oct 21, 2021 Deadline).
Basic Family Planning in 2021 will be offered online on the following dates: May 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20 (April 27, 2021 Deadline). September 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 & 23 (August 31, 2021 Deadline).
ABCD Family Planning Program Requirements in 2021 will be offered online on the following dates: May 27 (May 12, 2021 Deadline). September 30 (Sept 15, 2021 Deadline).
ABCD Family Planning for Advanced Practice in 2021 will be offered online on the following dates: April 23 & 30, July 30 & August 6, and October 22 & 29. Each session includes required eLearning, which will be available from 2 weeks prior to the first class to 2 weeks after the second class.
HIV Education for Health Workers in 2021 will be offered online on the following dates: April 6, 7 & 8 (March 25, 2021 Deadline). Nov 17, 18 & 19 (Nov 3, 2021 Deadline).
Keep an eye out for future announcements about our programming and let us know if you have any questions.