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.
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.
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:
- Essential Access Health has worked in tandem with state programs to reduce California’s unintended pregnancy rates to a historic 30-year low
- The Family Health Centers of Georgia integrated Title X family planning services into federally funded primary care health centers.
- The New Jersey Family Planning League has taken a leadership role in integrating male services into its programs and increased the comprehensive male services they provide each year
- The Ohio Department of Health is proud of how Title X service providers have been able to pivot during COVID-19 to meet client needs
- The South Dakota Department of Health Family Planning Program provides service to residents living in a rural and frontier landscape stretching across more than 75,000 square miles
- The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Health Family Planning Program is the territory’s only service dedicated to providing voluntary family planning services and has prioritized serving low-income individuals.
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.
Spread the Word with These Posts
- We are proud to join @HHSPopAffairs in celebrating 50 years of Title X! The Title X program plays a critical role in ensuring access to family planning and preventive health services across the U.S. Learn more about the program. https://opa.hhs.gov/grant-programs/title-x-service-grants/title-x-turns-50 #TitleXTurns50
- The Title X program turns 50! Download @HHSPopAffairs’ toolkit for ready-to-use resources to help partners and participants celebrate the positive impact Title X has had on their communities. https://opa.hhs.gov/grant-programs/title-x-service-grants/title-x-turns-50#join #TitleXTurns50