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Welcome to the Special Projects Section of the Family Planning Council! Established in 1990, the aim of the Special Projects Department is to assist the Family Planning Council in fulfilling its overall mission. Specifically, this department is charged with developing and implementing programs that go beyond conventional family planning services to serve non-traditional clients.

Through various contracts and programs, the Special Projects Department supports both medical services and social services to people living throughout the five county Philadelphia area.

Currently, the Special Projects Department oversees the following initiatives and programs:

Community Outreach and Education

Mature Women and Services Prison Programming Parenting Programming Youth Development

United Healthcare & FPC Community Partnership

United Healthcare and the Family Planning Council entered into a partnership in 2007 in an effort to invigorate both United Healthcare’s and the Council’s visibility to and connection with the communities served by both organizations. Many of the patients seen at family planning provider sites throughout the city utilize United Healthcare as their health insurance provider, making this an optimal partnership.

The project entails having both entities work together to review reporting data from family planning providers in order to identify and assess underutilization of services. Once determined, the partners engage in strategic outreach and education efforts to inform United Healthcare members about important health issues and motivate them to access the care. For more information click here.

The HealthyWoman Program

The HealthyWoman program has been part of the Council's programs since 1995 and is funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the City of Philadelphia Health Department. HealthyWoman provides breast and cervical cancer screening to low-income, uninsured or underinsured women ages 40-64 in the five-county Philadelphia region. See clinic listings for locations.

Services include:

  • breast self-exam education
  • clinical breast exams
  • mammograms
  • pelvic exams
  • pap tests
  • breast biopsies
  • case management follow-up
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Well–Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation

The mission of the WISEWOMAN Program is to provide low income, under or uninsured 40 to 64 year old women with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities to improve diet, physical activity, and other lifestyle behaviors to prevent, delay and control cardiovascular and other chronic diseases. The WISEWOMAN program provides standard preventive screening services including Body Mass Index (BMI), blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes testing. Women are not just screened and referred for medical follow ups and case management, but they can also take advantage of risk reduction counseling, community based-resources and a lifestyle intervention program called, A New Leaf. The A New Leaf intervention is evidence based intervention that includes activities and educational materials that target poor nutrition, physical inactivity, and smoking, through healthy cooking classes, fitness competitions, and tobacco cessation classes. The individual lifestyle changes vary from client to client but overall are designed to promote lasting, healthy lifestyle changes. The program is currently being piloted at the Philadelphia Department of Health's, Health Centers #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, and #10. Funding for the Program is through the Pennsylvania Department of Health. To be eligible for the WISEWOMAN Program, you must be a HealthyWoman Program participant.

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HIV/AIDS Care Management

Since 2003, the Council’s Aftercare Program has provided pre-release care management services to male and female inmates at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility who are living with HIV/AIDS. On a monthly basis the Care Manager is provided with a list of inmates with HIV/AIDS from the Infectious Disease Department at the prison. Upon receipt of the listing, the Care Manager contacts inmates and informs them about the Aftercare program. Those interested, voluntarily sign consent to participate. Interviews are conducted to assess need and a discharge plan is developed. In coordination with prison health, the Care Manager identifies case management, health care, and other support services in the inmate’s county of residence. Upon release, the Care Manager assists inmates with accessing these services and advocates for those who experience difficulties. The Care Manager also works with the prison’s Infectious Disease Department to assure that inmates have a two-week supply of HIV medication upon their release until they are connected with their county HIV service providers. All services are confidential. For clients who do not have an imminent discharge date, the Care Manager continues to meet with them to provide HIV/ AIDS information, support, and advocacy for obtaining in-prison services, as needed.

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HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention

Prior to its relationship with the Council, the George W. Hill Correctional Facility located in Delaware County previously provided sporadic STD/HIV education. However, after collaboration with the Council it now offers continuous HIV prevention education. The Council’s HIV/AIDS prevention programs are funded by the AIDS Activity Coordinating Office (AACO), a City of Philadelphia government department that administers federal, state and city funded HIV/AIDS programs through collaborative service contracts with community-based organizations.

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Parenting Education Program (PEP)

PEP is a parenting skills development program for women in the Chester and Delaware County prisons. Specifically, these services are offered to pregnant and parenting inmates in both individual and group counseling sessions.

Topics covered include:
  • the effects of incarceration on family life,
  • substance abuse
  • domestic violence
  • family planning
  • prevention of sexually transmitted diseases including HIV
  • prenatal care
  • and child abuse and neglect prevention.
The program emphasizes positive parenting skills and family re-unification.

Parenting Education for Women

The Parenting Education Program (PEP) is a child–abuse prevention program targeting pregnant and parenting women incarcerated in Chester and Delaware County prisons in Pennsylvania. The purpose of this program is to work with incarcerated mothers to reduce risk factors associated with child abuse and neglect. The program’s major goal is to prevent child abuse through education, counseling, and community assistance to this high -risk group of parents. PEP also assists incarcerated women in their desire to make contact and/or have visitation with their children and families.

PEP began as a demonstration project with funding from the Office of Maternal and Child Health of the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Since its inception the program has received funding from a number of sources. At present, both counties fund the program for their respective prisons. A professionally trained health educator from the Council provides pre-natal and childbirth education, child development, discipline, pre-conception health, reproductive health, and well-baby information and education at each prison. Women volunteer to participate in the program, which entails 8 group sessions that run for 1 ½ hours each. Upon completion of all sessions, participants are given certificates. Transitional planning is also offered to incarcerated women. Prior to discharge women are assisted with the development of a personal plan for self-sufficiency as they return to their communities. Follow-up services include referrals into local community agencies.

Parenting Education Program for Men

“inside” and prepares them for life on the “outside”, by helping them explore and heal from their past, while developing healthy emotions, reconnecting to their families, and planning for the future. The Inside Outside Dads curriculum has 8 core sessions with topic areas that examine culture, discipline, ways to improve communication, substance abuse, physical and mental health and stress.

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Youth Development Programs

Girls of Promise

Every girl has within her the promise, the potential and the ability to create a peaceful, loving, positive, and productive life. With guidance and support, all girls can realize this promise. The Girls of Promise program focuses this vision and philosophy on teenage girls. The Girls of Promise program takes a holistic approach to providing teenage females with an environment and opportunity to:
  • Gain insight into themselves.
  • Develop a positive self-image.
  • Promote self respect and the respect of others.
  • Build decision-making skills.
  • Develop interpersonal skills.
  • Experience and incorporate peaceful behavior in their lives.
In an interwoven curriculum led by highly committed and experienced trainers, girls in the program learn about:
  • Adolescent health issues
  • Aggression reduction
  • Creation of affirmations
  • Creative arts
  • Dance and theater
  • Journal writing
  • Self-empowerment
  • Self-esteem

The Girls of Promise Program is funded by the Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS). For more information on the Girls of Promise program or how you can volunteer your time and talent to the Girls of Promise Program, send us an email: girlsofpromise@familyplanning.org.

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