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 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.

ABCD Services link: #Bossup

#Bossup

#Bossup expands our sexual health and prevention education programs to include young men ages 15-25 living in Boston.
ABCD Services link: 3 Steps in 30 Days Sexual Health Challenge

3 Steps in 30 Days Sexual Health Challenge

Take the sexual health challenge! Don't let another 30-days & 3 powerful steps pass to your sexual health and wellness.
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

Our sexuality education program for girls to learn about sexual health and wellness, understand a definition of sexuality that is more than just sex and is positive.
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.

Thank you for visiting our webpage.
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.

Upcoming Trainings:

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 registration deadlines for each training are as follows:

Introduction to Family Planning Training on November 12 and 13, 2020 will be offered online.
Registration Deadline: October 29, 2020.

HIV Education for Health Workers will be offered online on November 18, 19, and 20, 2020.
Registration deadline: November 9, 2020.

Family Planning for Advanced Practice has been postponed until 2021. We are working on converting this training to a hybrid asynchronous learning format. Keep an eye out here for the new training dates!

Keep an eye out for future announcements about our programming and let us know if you have any questions. 

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!