CHOICE - Concern for Health Options, Information Care and Education
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Description of Agency
Founded in 1971, CHOICE is a community-based organization dedicated to increasing awareness of and access to sexual health services, especially among underserved populations who traditionally experience barriers to care. CHOICE is the most often-used resource for sexual health information in the region, serving more than 50,000 people each year, the overwhelming majority of whom are teens and low-income women.
CHOICE fulfills its mission through the operation of five bi-lingual (Spanish-English and other languages through a translation service) hotlines and a growing program of community education and outreach. The hotlines include: the CHOICE Hotline for general reproductive and women's health information, serving the five-county Philadelphia area; the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health AIDS Fact Line for information about HIV/AIDS related issues which serves the entire state; the Maternal, Child, and Family Health Line, which provides information, counseling, education, referrals, and advocacy regarding pregnancy, prenatal care, and children's primary medical care including immunizations; the CHOICE Teen Line, which provides sexual health counseling and education to young callers; and the Blueprint for a Safer Philadelphia Community Hotline that is part of a local effort to reduce youth homicides through a public health model
CHOICE is on the list of instructional resources recommended and approved by the Philadelphia School District to provide sexual health education in the City's public schools. CHOICE is currently active in 180 schools, after-school programs, community sites, hospitals, and churches.