Purpose of Program
To improve the health of women and infants by enabling families to plan and space pregnancies and prevent unintended pregnancy.
What does the program do?
The GFPP provides comprehensive reproductive health services each year to over 132,000 women of childbearing age and their partners. Services include physical exams; birth control counseling and supplies; abstinence skills training; immunizations; and screening for cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. The GFPP also provides screening, counseling and referral for risk factors affecting women and men’s health such as substance abuse, poor nutrition, cigarette smoking and exposure to violence.
How many people are helped by the program?
GFPP provides services to women and men in all 159 Georgia counties through a network of county public health clinics, hospitals clinics, community health centers and other agencies.
Why is the program important?
For every dollar spent on family planning services, Georgia saves $3.74 on medical care, welfare and nutritional programs for babies up to age two. Family planning programs increase the percentage of women receiving early prenatal care and reduce the risk of low birth weight, which reduces expensive medical costs and lifelong disabilities for babies. About half of all pregnancies in the United States last year, more than 3 million, are unintended. Unintended pregnancies often have adverse health, social, or economic consequences for both women and children. These consequences may include lower levels of educational and job attainment, as well as greater risk for families to live in poverty. Eighty-seven percent of the individuals served are working poor or unemployed (at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level), and typically have no health insurance. Family planning programs provide many of these women with their only source of primary and reproductive health care.