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 2018, we provided 28,781 individuals with health care services.
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.
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.