Equity

About Title X

Essential Access Health operates the largest and most diverse Title X (ten) system in the nation. Our Title X program expands access to equitable, client-centered, adolescent-friendly, and high quality family planning and related services for low-income and uninsured patients throughout California.

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 provided access to essential services for nearly 4,000,000 individuals nationwide in 2018. The Title X program is administered by the national Office of Population Affairs (OPA).

Search for a Title X clinic site near you through OPA’s clinic finder.

Title X in California

Essential Access is an original Title X grantee and has administered the program in the state of California for more than 50 years. OPA provides Title X funding to Essential Access to re-grant to comprehensive family planning providers, STI prevention partners, and faith and community-based outreach and education partners collectively serving 32 counties. In addition, Essential Access provides technical assistance to enhance the capacity of Title X-funded providers to meet the individual family planning needs of all Title X patients, advance health equity, and comply with program statute, regulations, and priorities.

Comprehensive family planning providers offer youth and people with low-incomes a full range of birth control, STI services, pregnancy testing and options counseling, and cancer screenings. California’s robust statewide network include:

  • Federally Qualified Health Centers
  • City + County Health Departments
  • Hospitals
  • Universities + School-Based Health Centers
  • Urban Indian Health Centers
  • Planned Parenthood Affiliates
  • Stand-Alone Family Planning Providers
     

Title X Information + Resources

Information and resources for members of Essential Access Health’s Title X provider network can be found on our Title X Extranet (note: login required).

Six in ten family planning patients report that their family planning provider is their sole source of health care.

New Title X Regulations

On November 8, 2021, the Biden administration’s Title X regulations ook effect. The regulations rescind harmful Trump-era policies, restore Title X’s mandate to provide comprehensive family planning services, and advance health equity nationwide. Read more in our statement >>

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