Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood
“Planned Parenthood is committed to providing a place where patients feel valued and respected, providing the best care, no matter what. We are excited to be able expand our health center hours of operation in Hudson, enabling us to serve more patients.” — Chelly Hegan, UHPP President/CEO
Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood is a critical provider of sexual and reproductive health services, education, and advocacy. Each year UHPP offers comprehensive sexual health care and education to over 15,000 individuals in Albany, Columbia, Greene, and Rensselaer counties through three health centers in Albany, Troy, and Hudson. UHPP offer STD testing and treatment, contraception, cancer screenings, abortion care, transgender health care and more. More than three quarters of UHPP patients are between 19 and 34 years old, and over half have income below the Federal poverty level. In addition, two-thirds of UHPP patients identify it as their only healthcare provider. No patient is turned away for an inability to pay.
Over the last three years, UHPP expanded its operations in Hudson from one day per week in 2016 to three days per week in 2018, and expanded services to include transgender healthcare, high-complexity gynecological care, and behavioral and metal health care coordination. In 2018, UHPP had a 138% increase in patients from 2016. UHPP’s mental health care and counseling support patients facing barriers in obtaining housing, insurance, transportation, and food security. A comprehensive, integrated approach to care is essential in fostering a healthy life.
In 2019, the organization expects to continue to expand services by offering in-clinic abortion services as well as tele-medicine services. In February 2019, it opened a larger, more welcoming, and more centrally located health center in the city of Hudson. It also offers a Community and Teen room that will be a shared space used as for staff meetings, public programs such as Teach-ins, healthy parent and child programs, education programs, Teen Clinic and will be available for small, local non-profits to use who do not have the funding or resources to host meetings and programs on their own.
As the only provider of abortion services in Columbia and Greene counties, and one of very few providers of contraceptives and STD testing and treatment, UHPP has received support from the Dyson Foundation for the Hudson health clinic. Dyson Foundation funding for UHPP falls into the Health and Strengthening Nonprofits themes.