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How Planned Parenthood’s Loss of HIV Grant Impacts Health Community 

Perhaps lost amid the news a few weeks back that a Harris County grand jury had cleared Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast of any wrongdoing in an abortion opponent’s undercover video sting was the decision by the state of Texas not to renew a long-term contract with the Houston clinic aimed at HIV prevention. As News […]

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Perhaps lost amid the news a few weeks back that a Harris County grand jury had cleared Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast of any wrongdoing in an abortion opponent's undercover video sting was the decision by the state of Texas not to renew a long-term contract with the Houston clinic aimed at HIV prevention.

As News 88.7's Health and Science Reporter Carrie Feibel reported back in December, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast had been participating in the grant for 27 years. The Houston clinic received over 600-thousand dollars from the CDC-funded grant, and the money helped pay for staff members who focus on risk-reduction counseling, HIV tests, and condom distribution.

Late last month, a dozen lawmakers sent a letter supporting the Houston Planned Parenthood branch, and demanding to know why the state health department defunded the program.

Now that Planned Parenthood has been cut from this federally funded program, how will this impact the Greater Houston health community? We talk with Katy Caldwell, the CEO of Legacy Community Health, to learn more.

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Texas Health Officials Remove Houston Planned Parenthood From HIV Grant (News 88.7, Dec. 22, 2015)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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