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.
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.
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.
Family Planning for Advanced Practice training on June 11 and 12, 2020, is canceled. The next offering is on October 15 and 16, 2020. Please send your registration. Updates will be sent by the training registration deadline: October 1, 2020.
Introduction to Family Planning training on June 18 and 19, 2020 will be offered online. We have been diligently working to adapt the curriculum to a virtual platform. Please send your registration by the deadline: June 4, 2020. We will send additional information to your email inbox.
Keep an eye out for future announcements about our programming and let us know if you have any questions.