Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest & Hawaii 


A leader in reproductive health care, we serve women, men and teens in rural/urban areas in western Washington, Alaska, Idaho and Hawaii. Last year we served 79,000 patients; 34,080 of whom were in King County. Of those,16,744 had incomes less than 250% of the federal poverty level. Many of our patients are uninsured or under- insured. Our goal is to increase access to reproductive health care & sex education to decrease unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. We have new health centers in Bellevue, and now White Center.

Mission Statement
To provide access to high quality, low cost reproductive health care for all regardless of ability to pay; to provide comprehensive, medically accurate sex education for youth and families; and to advocate around issues such as keeping birth control & abortion accessible & legal.
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Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest & Hawaii
2001 E Madison St 
(206) 328-7734 

Christine R. Charbonneau 


Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest & Hawaii Programs

In our 28 health centers across 3 states we offer cancer screenings, pregnancy testing, STI testing, birth control, vasectomies, emergency contraception, & abortion services. In King County in 2014 we served 34,080 patients, and of those, 16,744 had incomes less than 250% of the federal poverty level. Our Someone You Know Fund pays for preventative care for those who are uninsured/underinsured; and our Abortion Access Fund pays for abortion related care. We are removing distance as a barrier through our new and innovate Online Health Services, which provides 9 am to 9 pm access to a doctor visit without an appointment, via computer or cell phone.

We wish to reduce teen pregnancy rates through our use of evidenced-based teen pregnancy prevention programs, increase parent/youth communication around sexual health matters through our Family Programs, and increase healthy behaviors in teens through our Teen Council peer education program, which reaches over 10,000 teens in the Puget Sound area (there are two Teen Councils in King County). In King County we serve roughly 5,000 youth and families with comprehensive 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 many of our health centers during open enrollment periods to assist people with signing up for health insurance; many have qualified 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


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.

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.

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:

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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