Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest Programs
In our 29 health centers across 3 states we offer cancer screenings, pregnancy testing, STI testing, birth control, vasectomies, emergency contraception, & abortion services. In WA (where we have 20 health centers) we served 69,750 unduplicated patients in 2013; over 26,000 of those patients reported incomes that were at 100% of the Federal Poverty Level or below. 26% of all Washington State patients had no insurance. Our Someone You Know Fund pays for preventative care for those who are uninsured/underinsured; and our Abortion Access Fund is there for the uninsured/underinsured as well. Many of our patients are still facing insurance gaps despite the Affordable Care Act.
We wish to reduce teen pregnancy and increase graduation rates through our evidenced-based Teen Outreach Program, increase parent/youth communication around sexuality through our Family Programs, and increase healthy behaviors in teens through our peer education Teen Council program, which reaches over 10,000 teens in the Puget Sound area. In King County we serve roughly 5,000 youth and families with comprehensive medically-accurate sex education each year.
We've been actively working the front lines on health care reform by providing In Person Assisters or IPA's in most of our health centers to assist people with signing up for health insurance, and helping them understand they may qualify for a no or low-cost subsidized plan.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
An anonymous patient shares this:
“When I was 28, I had no health insurance and went to PP in Seattle for a checkup and birth control. The results were scary—I had a high grade lesion on my cervix which required immediate follow up to treat what would have become full blown cancer. Thanks to PP my condition was diagnosed and treated. I would never have been able to afford a regular doctor at the time. I have been completely healthy now for 14 years. I could have lost my life if Planned Parenthood hadn’t been available to provide early cancer screenings.”
Examples of what gifts of various amounts make possible:
- $25: the cost of one month of birth control pills. A third of American women report having interrupted their use of the pill because of a brief time they couldn't afford it.
- $50: supplies one Plan B emergency contraception--just in case
- $100: sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing for Chlaymida & Gonorrhea.
- $250: a colposcopy, a potentially life-saving diagnostic test that can help prevent cervical cancer.
- $800: a vasectomy