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With abortion in the news this month, it may be interesting to note that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently awarded $16.3 million in grant funding to support 31 grantees. The monies were approved to enhance and expand the telehealthcare services infrastructure and capacity of Title X family planning clinics. The clinics are in 26 states, one US territory, and one freely associated state.
Title X is the only federal grant program dedicated solely to providing individuals with comprehensive family planning and related preventive health services in communities across the US. HHS used funds made available through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to award these grants to current Title X family planning grantees for a 12-month project period starting on May 15, 2022.
HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra recently stated:
Expanding telehealth at our nation’s Title X family planning clinics will help ensure all women and families have equitable access to this essential care,” said. “Across the nation, we are seeing attacks on sexual and reproductive health care services, and through these funds and other HHS efforts, we can ensure that we’re able to provide this care that so many across the country need.
Adm. Rachel Levine, Assistant Secretary for Health, added:
As a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic, family planning clinics have already augmented the use of telehealth… These awards will help programs accelerate telehealth even more across the communities receiving awards.
Jessica Swafford Marcella, HHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs, also commented:
This opportunity to sustain investments in telehealth for the Title X program helps open the door to high-quality family planning services for even more clients… For more than 50 years, Title X family planning clinics have played a critical role in ensuring access to a broad range of family planning and preventive health services for more than 190 million low-income or uninsured individuals, including breast and cervical cancer screening, contraceptive counseling and care, and STI/HIV testing. Title X services are delivered through a diverse network of clinics, including state and local health departments, federally qualified health centers, hospital-based sites, and other private nonprofit and community-based health centers.
More Information about HHS’ Support of Telehealth Care
Details of the Title X family planning program and associated telehealthcare are available here. Additional information about federal US grants made available to support telehealthcare can be found in these additional Telehealth.org articles:
FY2022 Title X National Family Planning Services Telehealth Care Grant Awards
|Grantee||Service Area||FY 2022 Funding Amount|
|Arizona Family Health Partnership||Arizona||$123,939|
|Essential Access Health||California||$700,000|
|Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment||Colorado||$699,981|
|Cornell Scott Hill Health Center||Connecticut||$330,260|
|Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Inc.||Connecticut||$72,144|
|The Family Health Centers of Georgia, Inc.||Georgia||$700,000|
|Essential Access Health||Hawaii||$700,000|
|Family Planning Association of Maine, Inc.||Maine||$224,865|
|Maryland Department of Health||Maryland||$699,987|
|Massachusetts Department of Public Health||Massachusetts||$440,900|
|Michigan Department of Health and Human Services||Michigan||$684,680|
|Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota||Minnesota||$700,000|
|Family Planning Council of Nebraska|
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|Southern Nevada Health District||Nevada||$700,000|
|Planned Parenthood of Northern New England||New Hampshire||$700,000|
|New Jersey Family Planning League||New Jersey||$700,000|
|New Mexico Department of Health||New Mexico||$700,000|
|New York State Department of Health||New York||$700,000|
|Public Health Solutions||New York||$504,294|
|Planned Parenthood South Atlantic||North Carolina||$136,834|
|North Dakota Department of Health||North Dakota||$582,305|
|Ohio Department of Health||Ohio||$700,000|
|Family Health Council of Central PA, Inc.||Pennsylvania||$700,000|
|Rhode Island Department of Health||Rhode Island||$235,000|
|Planned Parenthood South Atlantic||South Carolina||$124,824|
|Washington State Dept. of Health||Washington||$700,000|
|Wisconsin Department of Health Services||Wisconsin||$700,000|
|Federated States of Micronesia||Federated States of Micronesia||$275,841|
|US Virgin Islands Department of Health||US Virgin Islands||$419,485|
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