The overarching goals of the MDPH Family Planning Program are to reduce unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection rates by continually improving access to high quality education, outreach and clinical services through a statewide provider network and related special projects. Post-health care reform, family planning remains an integral component of MDPH’s efforts to provide information and resources that improve individual and community health by:
- promoting healthy relationships and sexuality
- preventing unintended pregnancies and STDs including HIV/AIDS, and
- reducing infant mortality and morbidity in Massachusetts.
MDPH-funded Family Planning Programs
MDPH-funded Family Planning Programs provide education and outreach as well as clinical and clinical wraparound services which support access to low-or no cost sexual and reproductive information and health care for priority populations including adolescents and low-income residents in Massachusetts.
- Directory of Family Planning Agencies
- What Services Do Family Planning Programs Offer?
- Who Can Get Low or No Cost Family Planning Services?
- Access to Emergency Contraception
MDPH is committed to helping women in need access Emergency Contraception (EC, or the “morning-after pill”). EC is a safe, effective way to prevent pregnancy up to five days after sex. A one-dose EC pill now available over-the-counter, however you still may be able to get a cheaper or more effective method of EC at an MDPH-funded Family Planning Program. For more information or help to access EC, ask your health care provider, pharmacist, or:
- Find a family planning program near you for low or no cost EC and related counseling and referral services.
- Visit www.not-2-late.com or www.mariatalks.com/emergency-contraception (for teens) to learn more
- Get EC, and other medical, legal and support services following a sexual assault at any local hospital Emergency Department or by calling a Rape Crisis Center: 1-800-841-8371 (English) or 1-800-223-5001 (Español) for information or even help getting to the hospital. Learn more about how Rape Crisis Counselors Can Benefit You .
- Family Planning and Health Care Reform
- Healthy Relationships/Healthy Sexuality
- My Little Black Book for Sexual Health: A guide to health insurance and pregnancy prevention
- Free MDPH Family Planning Program Materials and Campaigns
- Local and National Family Planning Data Sources
- Other Recommended Resources and Materials
- Program Personnel
This program is a part of the Division of Health Access.
Karen Edlund, Director
Family Planning Program
Division of Primary Care and Health Access
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street,
Boston, MA 02108