Who We Are and What We Do
Founded in 1971, CHOICE is a community-based organization dedicated to increasing awareness of and access to reproductive, sexual, and maternal/child health services. CHOICE is the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania region’s most often-used resource for sexual health information, serving more than 22,000 people each year through the operation of five bilingual (Spanish-English and other languages through a translation service) hotlines and a growing program of outreach, trainings, and community education. We are particularly concerned with the distinctive needs of women, youth, and other minority populations from under-served communities who have traditionally experienced barriers to care.
Mission and History
CHOICE was founded in 1971 by a coalition of volunteer clergy and Quakers in an effort to assist women facing crisis pregnancies, with a goal to provide unbiased counseling and information about all available options. Over the years, CHOICE expanded its services to provide information and referrals related not only to pregnancy options, but also to a wide variety of reproductive health issues (such as sexually transmitted diseases, prenatal care, and childbirth), HIV/AIDS, and childcare. Today, we remain true to this mission, offering free, confidential and reliable help in an ever‐widening array of reproductive and sexual health concerns to anyone in need.
Today, CHOICE continues to serve as a clearinghouse of reproductive and sexual health information, including family planning, pregnancy options and disease transmission/prevention and as a provider of referrals, counseling, education, and advocacy to women and teens, particularly those not well served by traditional institutions. The gathering and dissemination of information, as well as related patient advocacy and outreach, were and continue to be primary functions of CHOICE. The following timeline offers a detailed glimpse into the evolution of CHOICE’s hotlines, community education, and outreach programs over the years. View timeline.
Since its founding, CHOICE has touched the lives of millions of women, men, young people, parents, guardians, educators, and community leaders throughout the Philadelphia metropolitan region.
In the past year…
|Students visited CHOICE Health Resource Centers to receive health-related information, services, and referrals.|
|Teens received comprehensive health education from CHOICE educators.|
|Callers to the CHOICE hotlines received immediate, accurate, and confidential education and counseling on reproductive and sexual health issues.|
|Community members, teachers, and health care providers attended CHOICE outreach events|
|Individuals received CHOICE educational materials.|
Meet Our Board and Staff
Susan Stockl, Interim Executive Director
With more than 25 years of experience in the technology field, Susan has worked at CHOICE since 2000; in addition to currently serving as Interim Executive Director, her duties include serving as the agency’s operations and technology director. She designed many of the CHOICE web sites and developed and implemented several databases for CHOICE. She is skilled at extracting and analyzing data collected from our programs. Prior to joining CHOICE, Susan worked for Roy F. Weston, Inc., an environmental [read more...]