Planned Parenthood is opening a health center in Long Island City — the organization’s first in Queens.
“We’re delighted to be developing our fifth center,” Joan Malin, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood NYC, said. “It fulfills one of our goals to provide good healthcare to New Yorkers in all five boroughs.”
The center is slated to open in 2015 and expects to see 17,500 patients each year. In addition, a community space will be open to act as a venue for education workshops, training and advocacy efforts to promote health for New Yorkers.
“We wanted a location that was accessible and many of the subway lines come to that area in Court Square,” Malin said.
While the community will go without the healthcare center’s services for a year, Planned Parenthood representatives have partnered with other community groups including the Queens Library, Sunnyside Settlement House and Queens Community House to educate staff in sexual health.
“We help those organizations that help people do their jobs most effectively,” Malin said. “Ten percent of our patients come from Queens and now, working with schools and after schools, we can bring our services to them.”
Despite the controversy that surrounds Planned Parenthood and the services it provides — abortions and birth control will be made available — Malin said the response to the center opening in Long Island City has been overwhelmingly positive.
“We are going to provide the full range of services and that does include abortion but fundamentally, we believe in safe healthcare for women and I have yet to come across anyone who is feeling negatively about Planned Parenthood coming to Queens. Everyone has been very receptive and it’s so gratifying and terrific to see respected organizations being able to better educate the community with our services.”
The organization plans to continue working with Queens groups when the center opens.