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$16.3 Million Awarded by HHS to Expand Telehealth Care in Title X Family Planning Program


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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 articles:

FY2022 Title X National Family Planning Services Telehealth Care Grant Awards

GranteeService AreaFY 2022 Funding Amount
Arizona Family Health PartnershipArizona$123,939
Essential Access HealthCalifornia$700,000
Colorado Department of Public Health and EnvironmentColorado$699,981
Cornell Scott Hill Health CenterConnecticut$330,260
Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Inc.Connecticut$72,144
The Family Health Centers of Georgia, Inc.Georgia$700,000
Essential Access HealthHawaii$700,000
Family Planning Association of Maine, Inc.Maine$224,865
Maryland Department of HealthMaryland$699,987
Massachusetts Department of Public HealthMassachusetts$440,900
Michigan Department of Health and Human ServicesMichigan$684,680
Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South DakotaMinnesota$700,000
Ramsey CountyMinnesota$505,915
Converge, IncMississippi$641,914
Family Planning Council of Nebraska
dba Nebraska Family Planning
Southern Nevada Health DistrictNevada$700,000
Planned Parenthood of Northern New EnglandNew Hampshire$700,000
New Jersey Family Planning LeagueNew Jersey$700,000
New Mexico Department of HealthNew Mexico$700,000
New York State Department of HealthNew York$700,000
Public Health SolutionsNew York$504,294
Planned Parenthood South AtlanticNorth Carolina$136,834
North Dakota Department of HealthNorth Dakota$582,305
Ohio Department of HealthOhio$700,000
Family Health Council of Central PA, Inc.Pennsylvania$700,000
Rhode Island Department of HealthRhode Island$235,000
Planned Parenthood South AtlanticSouth Carolina$124,824
Washington State Dept. of HealthWashington$700,000
Wisconsin Department of Health ServicesWisconsin$700,000
Federated States of MicronesiaFederated States of Micronesia$275,841
US Virgin Islands Department of HealthUS Virgin Islands$419,485
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