About Title X

Essential Access Health operates the largest and most diverse Title X (ten) system in the nation that supports the delivery of quality family planning and related services to more than 1,000,000 low-income Californians each year at more than 360 health centers throughout the state.

Title X of the Public Health Service Act was established in 1970 with broad bi-partisan support. As the nation’s only dedicated source of federal funding for family planning services, Title X provides access to more than 4,000,000 individuals nationwide, who may otherwise lack access to essential health care. The Title X program is administered by the national Office of Population Affairs (OPA).

Title X in California

OPA provides Title X funding to Essential Access Health to re-grant to health care providers and faith and community-based organizations throughout California to deliver core family planning and preventive services, and link individuals to the health care and information they need to support their reproductive goals and optimal health outcomes. In addition, Essential Access Health provides technical assistance to help providers meet Title X requirements.

Title X funded health centers must provide an array of confidential preventive health services including contraceptive services, pregnancy testing, pelvic exams, screening for breast and cervical cancer, screening for STDs including HIV/AIDS, basic infertility services, health education and referrals for other health and social services. Read the OPA Program Requirements for Title X Funded Family Planning Projects

Essential Access Health’s diverse Title X provider network includes:

  • Federally qualified health centers
  • City and County health departments
  • Hospitals
  • University affiliates
  • Urban Indian health centers
  • Stand-alone family planning/women’s health centers

Six in 10 women who obtain health care from a family planning provider consider it to be their only or usual source of health care.