PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Family
Planning Council was recently awarded three grants from the U.S.
Department of Health & Human Services for a total of $3 million.
These grants will support state-of-the-art research in three
important health care areas: the use of Natural Family Planning
as a method of birth control among American women; expanding HIV
testing for women; and, creating a model program to provide
family planning services to men.
"This is an exciting opportunity for the Council and is testament
to the diversity and vibrancy of our organization," declared
Dorothy Mann, Executive Director, Family Planning Council. "We
will be conducting ground breaking research and making tremendous
strides in improving services for women and men in our
community," Mann added.
-- The vast majority of patients in traditional family planning
programs are female. Funded for five years, the new male
services program will explore ways to make family planning
programs more welcoming to men. "If we are going to be successful
in preventing unintended pregnancy, we need to serve men," said
Tristan Ruby, Director of Adolescent & Male Programs. "After
all, women do not get pregnant by themselves and we know that men
want to be responsible when it comes to preventing pregnancy,"
-- Funded for three years, the project on Natural Family
Planning will explore consumers' knowledge, attitude and beliefs
regarding Natural Family Planning. This project will identify
ways to reduce barriers for consumers who want to use this method
of family planning.
-- The project on HIV testing, also funded for three years, will
evaluate options for improving HIV testing for women in family
The Family Planning Council is a private, non-profit
organization. It funds 29 local health care organizations
including the region's top teaching hospitals, community health
centers, Planned Parenthood affiliates, and the Philadelphia
Department of Public Health. These agencies provide high quality,
comprehensive family planning services throughout the five county
Philadelphia region to 145,000 low-income patients.
Source: Family Planning Council
CONTACT: Sarah Grambs of Family Planning Council,