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Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest 

Description

A leader in reproductive health care, we serve women, men and teens in rural/urban areas in western Washington, Alaska, and Idaho. Many of our 89,149 patients are low income, underserved, & uninsured; 30% don't qualify for Medicaid yet cannot afford insurance. We want to increase access to reproductive health care in order to decrease unintended pregnancies, help people pursue their dreams and have children if and when they are ready, and by doing so create healthier communities.
Mission Statement
To provide access to high quality, low cost reproductive health care for all women, men and teens; provide comprehensive, medically accurate sex education for youth and families; and advocacy around issues such as keeping birth control & abortion accessible & legal.
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Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest
2001 E Madison St 
Seattle 
WA
98122-2959 
(206) 328-7734 

Christine R. Charbonneau 
President/CEO 

Programs

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest Programs

HEALTH CENTERS:
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.

EDUCATION:
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.

ADVOCACY
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

Evaluation

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest (PPGNW) provides reproductive health services and women’s health care at 27 clinics located in three states. In King County PPGNW operates 9 clinics in Seattle, West Seattle, Kenmore, Kent, Bellevue, Issaquah, Federal Way and in the Roosevelt and University Districts.

Proven Success
Most of their clients are low-income, underserved and at-risk populations. Their work helps address the health disparities facing those populations. By providing family planning, prevention education for teens and reproductive health services, PPGNW reduces preventable disease as well as the incidence of unintended and unwanted pregnancies. The past several years PPGNW has seen a steady reduction in reimbursement for the care of indigent and low income women.
They are working to keep several federal & state programs from being cut in order to ensure access to health care. They do not want to be vulnerable to public funding cuts and are working towards a business model where they rely more on private funding and are less vulnerable to changes in government funding.

Their new First Hill Health Center, underwritten by Swedish Hospital, opened in May, 2012. Planned Parenthood remains committed to being a place for women to access reproductive health care services. In the current health care climate, the root of poor reproductive health is often financial.

Collaboration
They are working with coalition partners on the Washington Women Win: Fair Access Under Health Care Reform. Contraception is a part of health care under the Affordable Care Act; contraception with no co-pay will be added to existing insurance plans in August of 2012, people who are currently uninsured will be added in 2014. The project seeks to mobilize low-income women and underrepresented communities of color about the importance of reproductive health care services being included under health care reform.

Sustainability
During the prior twelve months they closed three of their health centers in Washington (Oak Harbor, Silverdale, and Forks) as part of a general restructuring and reduction of the organization. Additionally they downsized their Sitka, AK health clinic and moved it to a smaller location. Their larger health centers used to be able to subsidize some of their smaller locations, but with the economic downturn, the gradual reduction of state and federal funding, and increased patient eligibility requirements, fewer have been able to access services. They have been borrowing from reserves in order to meet their budget. Their focus is on finding a middle ground between what they can provide for free and what they need to charge in order to sustain the organization.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

DateAmountPurpose
12/10/2013 $15,000.00provide general operating support.
9/10/2013 $16,500.00support general operating expenses.
12/10/2012 $15,000.00provide general operating support.
12/10/2011 $20,000.00support general operating expenses.
9/15/2011 $15,000.00support the Patient In Need Fund in Clallam County.
12/10/2010 $20,000.00support general operating expenses.
10/1/2008 $25,000.00support general operating expenses.

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