PPNNE is building pathways to opportunity by 

reducing unintended pregnancy.  We know that 

access to reproductive health care and affordable 

birth control reduces unintended pregnancies and 

the need for abortion, as well as saves money. 

Every $1 invested in publicly-funded family 
planning saves more than $7 in Medicaid and 
other public expenditures.

Women who use effective contraception — enabling 

them to plan and space their pregnancies — are 

better equipped to achieve their life goals: to 

be able to complete their education, support 

themselves financially, get or keep a job, and care 

for themselves and their families.  

PPNNE is working to reduce the nearly 50% 

unintended pregnancy rate here in northern New 

England by creating new community partnerships to 

reach vulnerable populations and breaking down the 

barriers to contraception — especially to long-acting 

reversible contraceptives (LARC) like the IUD and 

Implant which are rated the most effective.  Thanks 

to the Affordable Care Act and our work to help 

women receive the contraceptive method of their 

choice — regardless of the cost — we have seen a 

310% increase in LARC usage since 2010. Last year 

alone PPNNE provided more than 6,200 LARCs. 




PPNNE provides outreach and educational 

programs in schools and communities across 

Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.  As capacity 

allows, staff at our 21 health centers respond to 

community requests for learning opportunities 

on a range of sexual health topics. And since 

2012, we have developed a particular expertise 

in peer education that empowers young people 

to be the sexual health experts in their schools 

and communities. We do this through training, 

events, and awareness activities. In VT, we have 

peer programs in the Burlington, South Burlington, 

and Essex high schools. In NH, we began our first 

peer education program by partnering with a 

public charter school in Manchester – a high need 

urban area and the most populous and diverse 

city in the state. In total, PPNNE had 21 teens serve 

as peer educators in 2016: 18 in VT and 3 in NH. 

These teens had over 3,700 conversations about 

sexual health with their peers and planned 32 

events reaching 1,416 people at their schools and 

in their communities. We know our programs are 

having an impact: we’ve seen improved sexual 

health outcomes on the Youth Risk Behavior 

Survey in Burlington and in students’ willingness 

to talk about sexual health and relationships. In 

addition, as a partner of the Vermont Agency of 

Education, PPNNE supports VT school districts in 

implementing goals pertaining to comprehensive 

sexuality education, sexual health policies, and the 

development of referral pathways to link students 

with community-based sexual health services.