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 74,703 unduplicated patients in 2012; nearly 26,000 of those patients reported incomes that were at 100% of the Federal Poverty Level or below. 32.17% of all WA patients had no insurance & another 37.41% qualified for Medicaid/Take Charge. Our Someone You Know Fund pays for preventative care and our Abortion Access Fund for services for those without insurance.
Our goals are to reduce teen pregnancy, keep teens in school, and increase graduation rates through our evidenced-based Teen Outreach Program, increase parent/youth communication around sexual health through our Family Programs, and increase self esteem and healthy behaviors in teens through our peer education Teen Council program. We offer various sex education sessions via our Community Educators. In King County we serve roughly 5,000 youth and families with sex ed each year.
We've been actively working the front lines on health care reform to ensure that people have full, confidential access to providers of their choice, that low income women will continue to have access to abortion under health reform & to require health insurance plans to offer an adequate network of providers & cover a full range of reproductive services.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
A patient shares this: "I was 21 when I felt a large mass in my left breast. As a college student with no health insurance, I took advantage of the services that PPGNW provided, which included a free breast exam. The woman who screened me was pleasant and supportive, but she believed that something was definitely wrong with the lump in my breast. She kindly referred me to a nearby women's clinic for follow up, but after trying to schedule an appointment for weeks, I found out the clinic had been shut down due to lack of funding. Freaking out, I turned back to PPGNW, who worked with local providers to get me seen immediately. As it turned out the mass in my breast was a fast growing tumor. Fortunately, we caught it in time, and were able to use radiation treatment and a lumpectomy to remove it completely. I am now cancer free, and still have my health and my breasts thanks to Planned Parenthood."
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.
- $100: a sexually transmitted infection (STI) test.
- $250: a colposcopy, a potentially life-saving diagnostic test that can help prevent cervical cancer.
- $800: a vasectomy