New York: Planned Parenthood Van Takes Sex Education on the Road
December 21, 2007
On Dec. 18, Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic unveiled Smart Wheels, a 24-foot, $88,000 mobile sex education van that organization officials say will help double the group's outreach among Lower Hudson Valley residents. The colorful van will make scheduled stops at community centers, high schools, colleges, residential treatment centers, and public events.
Planned Parenthood will also use the van to offer free pregnancy and rapid HIV testing, educational pamphlets, condoms, and other contraception. The group provides similar services at its branches in Brewster, Mount Kisco, White Plains, New Rochelle, Mount Vernon, and Yonkers.
"It's amazing how many people will get an HIV test when you bring it to them, it really makes a difference," said Suzanne Witzenburg, director of education and training for Planned Parenthood. "You don't have to sit in the waiting room, it's less intimidating - you're in a safe place, in your own community."
Planned Parenthood hopes to use the van at least once a week and possibly up to three times a week, depending on staffing. The group is looking forward to collaborating with other social service organizations in reaching high-risk youths in Westchester, Putnam, and Rockland counties.
Journal News (White Plains)
12.19.2007; Candice Ferrette
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.