Arizona News – To better reflect its efforts to utilize the Title X (Ten) grant to coordinate sexual and reproductive health services, Arizona Family Health Partnership (AFHP) is now Affirm™️ Sexual and Reproductive Health for All. Or, just Affirm.
“After extensive rebranding research, we chose the name Affirm because it speaks to our vision and how we execute it. We affirm the right of every Arizonan to access sexual and reproductive healthcare without reservation,” said Affirm CEO Bré Thomas. “To affirm means to uphold something and assert it strongly and to offer emotional support and encouragement. Both concepts are core to our vision of the future, where everyone has the trust, support and information they need to choose what’s best for them.”
Thomas said the commitment to and scope of Affirm’s work will not change, “only how we represent ourselves. Our focus is securely on sexual and reproductive healthcare for all.”
Title X is a federally administered grant program that funds Affirm which, in turn, distributes funds to health centers providing low- or no-cost services like birth control, sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and treatment, pregnancy testing, counseling and other preventative services. More than 50 Title X-funded health centers across Arizona provide sexual and reproductive healthcare services to an average of 35,000 people annually.
Title X clients include youth, the uninsured and underinsured, low-wage earners, indigenous communities and other groups that have been systematically excluded from receiving care.
“Sexual and reproductive healthcare is rapidly becoming harder to access,” Thomas said. “In fact, in some places, it’s nearly impossible to find. But sexual and reproductive healthcare is vital to our overall health, which is why we will continue to coordinate services, connect clients to caring providers, offer inclusive health education and advocate for evidence-based health policy at every level of government.
“Affirming the dignity of the people we serve is critical to our mission,” Thomas said. “Our job is to support them as they access the care they need. We break down barriers, provide crucial education and bust stigmas so that everyone can make decisions with confidence and clarity.”
For more information about Affirm, visit www.affirmaz.org.