Planned Parenthood of New York City today is rolling out the Keith Haring Foundation Project Street Beat Mobile Health Center.
Planned Parenthood’s Project Street Beat has provided services—including HIV testing and counseling, sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, overdose prevention counseling, health insurance enrollment and gynecological care—for more than three decades. Its new mobile center features two soundproof counseling rooms and a wheelchair lift.
“We want to bring a very high-quality experience and make that accessible to everyone, wherever they are in New York City,” said Marcella Tillett, vice president of Project Street Beat.
Planned Parenthood received $446,000 from the City Council in fiscal year 2017 to cover a new mobile health center. The Haring Foundation paid for the wrapping of the new center in artwork.
Planned Parenthood has an ongoing relationship with the foundation for Project Street Beat operations. The foundation in 2016 gave Planned Parenthood a four-year grant of $1,160,000 to support those operations.
The mobile center is expected to serve about 2,000 people this year, Tillett said, adding that Planned Parenthood would like to add two more mobile centers.
Planned Parenthood is planning to spend $15 million to expand extension clinics in Brooklyn and the Bronx. The planned expansions would mark the organization’s first to its brick-and-mortar locations in the city.