Latinos for Planned Parenthood

Latinos for Planned Parenthood 
This is who we are, serving Latino communities across the country.



Latino Engagement Programs
Planned Parenthood works with Latinos as patients, advocates, and supporters here and abroad.


Destiny Lopez
Learn more about Destiny Lopez, Director of Latino Engagement at Planned Parenthood Federation of America.



Get Involved
Connect with us online and get involved with your local affiliate today.



Birth Control Matters
Latinas unite. The time has come for no-cost prescription birth control



Media Coverage
Latinos for Planned Parenthood in the news


 


Latinos for Planned Parenthood


Latinos face greater obstacles to obtaining, and benefitting from, sexual and reproductive health services than non-Latino white Americans. As a result, Latinos experience higher rates of reproductive cancers, unintended pregnancy, and sexually transmitted infections than most other groups of people in the U.S.  

Planned Parenthood works every day with Latinos to improve the quality of their health care and to help them protect themselves and their families through education, preventive care, and lifesaving screenings for cancer and other health problems. As the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider, our health centers provide contraception, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and lifesaving cancer screenings to millions, including over 620,000 Latinos each year.  Our local partners in Latin America annually serve 1.2 million individuals.    

The Planned Parenthood Action Fund is the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. We work in the streets, in the states, and in Washington, DC, protecting reproductive rights and ensuring access to quality, affordable care for all.  We also partner with Latino social justice organizations to encourage civic participation and engagement in the Latino community.

Latinos for Planned Parenthood is a coordinated effort to engage Latinos across the country as patients, advocates and supporters.    


Latino Engagement Programs


Planned Parenthood’s innovative programs around the country create awareness, educate, and connect Latinos to high-quality, low-cost health care services and information in their community. We reach adults and teens, parents and students, young and old where they live, work, and play.   

Featured Program of the Month: Youth Health Messengers, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, DC (PPMW)

Through the Youth Health Messengers (YHMs) program, PPMW trains bilingual, Latino teen peer leaders and advocates with reproductive health information, as well as prevention strategies for sexually transmitted infections, breast cancer, and domestic and relationship violence. Peer leadership has been a proven strategy to provide critical information and change risky behaviors. By using community advocacy, YHMs reach out to peers and community members in their schools, community venues and events.

YHMs are strongly motivated to help improve lives in their communities, and they have been active in advocacy and civic engagement with elected officials and community stakeholders. Some of the events the YHMs have attended include: organizing a Virginia Pro-Choice rally, and they were invited to a White House visit for a Youth and HIV/AIDS meeting to help brainstorm community and school-based interventions for HIV. In 2010, Youth Health Messengers reached over 45,000 individuals.



Youth Health Messengers on Capitol Hill at Planned Parenthood’s 2009 annual Organizing and Policy Summit.


Youth Health Messengers at a Phonebank 

 

Destiny Lopez

Destiny Lopez is director of Latino engagement for Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate. 

Ms. Lopez leads the organization’s efforts to engage Latinos in all aspects of PPFA’s mission and work as patients, advocates, and supporters.

Ms. Lopez has more than a decade of experience in strategic communications and policy advocacy, primarily focused on advancing the reproductive health and well-being of Latinas and their families. 

From 2006–2009, she served as the executive director of ACCESS/Women’s Health Justice, a grassroots reproductive justice organization in Oakland, California, where she oversaw management, fundraising, administration, and strategy. 

She served as an account director at Fenton Communications in San Francisco.  Ms. Lopez was vice president of programs at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and a strategic policy and communications consultant to reproductive rights organizations throughout the country.  She is the vice chair of the Board of Directors of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and the treasurer of the Board of Directors at Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice. 

Ms. Lopez has been interviewed as a reproductive health and rights expert in diverse media and new media outlets, including CNN, the BBC World News, the Los Angeles Times, KQED, and AOL Salud.  

Ms. Lopez earned an MPA from New York University and a BS from Georgetown University.  Among other honors, Ms. Lopez received the Outstanding Young Professional Award from the American Public Health Association.


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Birth Control Matters

Birth Control Matters is an effort to make prescription birth control available without co-pays, enable women to choose the method that works best for them, and reduce the number of unintended pregnancies.  Of all Latinas, 57 percent have experienced a time in their lives when the cost of prescription birth control made it difficult for them to consistently use it. With 39 percent of all Latinas uninsured, more than women of any other racial or ethnic group, access to birth control is a critical issue to many Latinas and their families. 

Media Coverage

Blogs by Destiny Lopez on AOL Salud (in Spanish):

Interviews: