History

Tapestry is rooted in the principles of compassionate, confidential, non-judgmental care for all. Founded in 1973 as the Family Planning Council of Western Massachusetts, the agency has grown over the last four decades to be a leading expert on critical public health issues impacting the region. Today, these services include sexual and reproductive health care, syringe access and disposal, overdose prevention and education, overdose reversal medication access and training, and providing new mothers and their children with nutritional education and support, including 24 hour a day breastfeeding help.

Tapestry was founded to ensure women and teens have access to high-quality, confidential sexual and reproductive health care, regardless of income, race, gender identity, or sexual orientation. We remain focused on this mission while opening our doors to provide the broader community with much needed and often controversial care like HIV testing, birth control, syringe access, and STD testing and treatment. Our committed staff is highly skilled and well trained to provide a culturally competent, compassionate health care experience for all in our communities who need it.

In 1998, after creating new programs like the Northampton needle exchange and regional HIV prevention service sites to help combat the AIDS epidemic, the Family Planning Council changed its name to Tapestry Health. Today, we continue to build on our strong history of HIV prevention work through street outreach and education to at-risk communities.

Forty years after we first opened our doors, we remain committed to being at the forefront of our communities’ most urgent public health needs. From our work helping new mothers and their children access healthy foods through our WIC program, to being on the frontlines supporting families in the current devastating opioid crisis, we are a trusted local community health provider able to meet diverse and often complex needs in Western Massachusetts.

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