OPA celebrates 50 years of the Title X Program!

Published November 2020

The Title X Program is Turning 50!

The Title X family planning program is the only federal grant program dedicated solely to providing comprehensive family planning and related preventive health services. Since it was enacted in 1970, Title X has made preventive health and family planning services accessible to millions of low-income and uninsured Americans. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Title X, and we’re celebrating the significant positive impact the Title X program has had on women, men, and adolescents across the U.S.

A yellow banner says Celebrating 50 Years of Title X. Below the banner are the years 1970-2020.


Key Milestones in the Title X Program

In 1970, Congress authorized Title X of the Public Health Service Act and established the National Family Planning Program. In 1983, the Title X program moved from the Health Services Administration (now Health Resources and Services Administration) to the Office of Population Affairs (OPA) within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health. In the 1990s, Title X added HIV, STI, and cancer screening and prevention to its program priorities. Then in the 2000s, the Title X program added clinical services for difficult-to-reach populations to its program priorities. Explore the Title X timeline.

Since 1970, Title X has served more than 190 million people across the U.S. See the infographic for insights into the breadth and depth of Title X-funded services.

Celebrate with OPA and meet Title X grantees!

Please join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Title X. The partner toolkit and graphic files contain ready-to-use resources to help you celebrate the positive impact Title X has had on your community. The materials include customizable language for newsletters and social media and graphics you can use across your communications platforms.

Learn more about some of OPA’s Title X grantees here:

Where is the closest Title X clinic?

More than 2,600 Title X clinics in the United States currently deliver the highest national standards of care to clients across all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and eight U.S. territories and freely associated states since 1970. These public and private nonprofit health and community-based clinics provide access to a broad range of family planning and related preventive health services to women, men, and adolescents. In addition to family planning services, Title X clinics also provide essential preventive health services that benefit reproductive health. These services include HPV vaccination, provision of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), breast and cervical cancer screening, and screening for obesity, smoking, drug and alcohol use, mental health, and intimate partner violence.

Title X services are voluntary, confidential, and provided regardless of one’s ability to pay. For many clients, the Title X clinic is the only ongoing source of healthcare and health education. To help people find services in their area, you can direct them to the Family Planning Clinic Locator. They can type in a ZIP Code or city into the search bar and the Family Planning Clinic Locator will pull up clinics within a 50-mile radius.

The header on the box says Find a Family Clinic. Below the header is a search bar that says Enter City, State or Zipcode with a green Search button.


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