May 8-14 is National Women’s Health Week, and Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (PPSNE) is reminding women to make their health a top priority by scheduling a checkup. If a woman cannot recall the date of her last wellness exam, sometimes called an annual exam or well-woman checkup, or has to flip through a calendar to remember, then it has probably been too long.
As we celebrate Black History Month, we honor the commitment of civil rights, medical and political leaders, like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Thelma Patten Law and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. who believed all people need access to health care to complete their education, plan their lives and protect their families. Far too many African-Americans continue to face unequal access to proper health care and education services. As a result, African-American women are dying at higher rates than their white counterparts due to breast cancer, cervical cancer, HIV and other illnesses that can be detected early.
This year, Connecticut passed groundbreaking legislation that once again proved it is a leader in the LGBTQ rights movement – the birth certificate bill. It allows transgender and intersex people to correct the gender designation on their birth certificates. By passing this bill, the state removed discriminatory policies and eliminated barriers preventing members of the transgender community from accessing their basic rights.
Far too many people in the black community face unequal access to proper health care and education services.