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Planned Parenthood Launches Initiative to Expand HIV Prevention


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HIV Prevention

A retired clinical psychologist, Dr. Beth Grosshans oversaw a New Jersey-based private practice focused on children and families. In retirement, Dr. Beth Grosshans spends her time writing, speaking, and supporting various nonprofit groups, including Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

In an August 2017 press release, Planned Parenthood announced the launch of a new initiative to expand HIV prevention and education efforts in communities across the country. Supported by a grant from Gilead Sciences, Inc., the initiative will advance a multi-phase pilot program that will be implemented at 11 Planned Parenthood affiliates over a period of 18 months.

With the Gilead grant, Planned Parenthood will develop trainings, educational resources, and informational materials as part of a comprehensive HIV prevention program. The program will specifically focus on raising awareness of new prevention methods, including Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), a daily pill that reduces the risk of HIV transmission among high-risk communities.

Although advancements have been made in the areas of treatment and prevention, HIV remains a significant health issue, especially among minority populations. The new Planned Parenthood program will focus on extending HIV prevention services and education to the country’s most-affected communities.


Judge Baker Children’s Center Advances Mental Health

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Judge Baker Children’s Center

Dr. Beth Grosshans is a retired New Jersey-based clinical psychologist whose 25 years of experience have made her a sought-after speaker on family therapy issues. In her book, Beyond Time-Out: From Chaos to Calm, Beth Grosshans explored imbalances of power between parents and their children and provided advice for remedying these situations. Dr. Grosshans served as a predoctoral intern at the Judge Baker Children’s Center (JBCC) in Boston, Massachusetts.

JBCC was founded in 1917 by Judge Harvey Humphrey Baker, the first judge appointed to the Boston Juvenile Court. Judge Baker believed delinquent behavior was caused by factors that warranted further examination. After nearly a century, JBCC has stayed true to Baker’s vision by conducting scientific research into factors that cause delinquent behavior and implementing effective treatment.

In addition to research, JBCC maintains a variety of programs and services to promote the mental health and well-being of children. JBCC’s Summer Enrichment Institute helps children ages 6-12 deal with behavior disorders such as ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder), and its Center for Effective Child Therapy assesses children’s mental health and provides focused, evidence-based treatment.

For teenagers with college aspirations, JBCC offers a program called Next Step: College Success and Independent Living. This program is available to students in grades 9-12 who have been diagnosed with nonverbal learning disorders, Asperger syndrome, or any other condition that may impede learning. Next Step works to instill in these students the self-sufficiency and problem-solving skills necessary for college success.

A Brief Overview of Planned Parenthood’s Services

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Dr. Beth Grosshans studied child psychology at Ohio State University and Harvard Medical School. After nearly two decades as a private practitioner, Dr. Beth Grosshans took a leave of absence in 2011 to pursue other interests, including her support of Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood provides an array of health services to men and women. The organization primarily focuses on providing services and information regarding birth control, abortion, and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The Planned Parenthood website, which can be found at, even maintains a live chat feature that allows individuals who have recently engaged in unprotected sex to discuss their concerns with a knowledgeable representative.

Planned Parenthood offers the morning after pill as a safe form of emergency contraception that can effectively prevent pregnancy within five days of unprotected sexual activity. Similarly, birth control allows individuals to plan the timing of a pregnancy. The abortion pill and in-clinic abortion services offer safe ways to end a pregnancy. Planned Parenthood also advocates various forms of protection to prevent STDs and helps people learn about proper condom use.

Planned Parenthood Supporters Gather for National Day of Solidarity

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Recently retired from clinical practice, accomplished psychologist Dr. Beth Grosshans focuses much of her time on writing and speaking about mental health and behavioral issues affecting children. In addition to her other activities, Dr. Beth Grosshans supports family health services organizations like Planned Parenthood.

On Saturday, December 5, 2015, Planned Parenthood supporters in communities across the United States came together to observe the National Day of Solidarity. Thousands of individuals in nearly 50 locations took part in activities marking the event, which promoted Planned Parenthood’s services and drew attention to the obstacles in the way of providing them.

The day’s activities also served as a remembrance for the lives recently lost during an act of violence at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. In addition to vigils, rallies, and other events across the country, the National Day of Solidarity was promoted by millions of supporters online with #Solidarity. For more information, visit