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