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Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette 042615

Apr 22, 2015|

AN INTERVIEW WITH STACY M. CROSS, CEO OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD CW ABOUT THE WORK THEY DO TO BETTER SEXUAL HEALTH IN WOMEN AND MEN, INCLUDING EDUCATION AND OUTREACH.

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This is microscope Panetta called radio Portland public affairs program and in theory block some and today a microscope we're going to be speaking about the Planned Parenthood. And maybe you didn't know this fact Planned Parenthood Columbia alama is the largest nonprofit family planning and reproductive rights organization in Oregon and southwest Washington. Kelly to welcome Stacy and cross sees the CEO of Planned Parenthood Columbia will limit to microscope rather Stacy. Thank you for having me on absolutely so many let's get started by a toll nobody the mission of Planned Parenthood Columbia limit. Our mission is to provide promote and protect access to these sexual and reproductive health care. In the operation for Clinton while he. In 20s13. We celebrated our fiftieth anniversary. And and nationally Planned Parenthood which has affiliates all across the United States celebrates its 100 anniversary and 2016. Well so good long time on them do a good singer and in the Portland area. We can here for almost 62 years wow you can get your opinion locations throughout the area. Yes we do we have two in Portland. One in beaver ten mine and what it's Galen and one in Vancouver. And we're actually getting ready to open and you helped banner on this summer in Milwaukee. The correct. Go to Planned Parenthood gets started at. Apparently it got started. With a woman named Margaret Sanger. And she was very concerned about women's. Having access to birth control. And really because birth control is one I can get or the ability to control. Your reproductive. Life really makes a difference on how woman's life moves forward that the health of her family. Her ability to have education her ability. To move. People out of poverty and can move forward and also her ability to choose. When and and if to have children and how many. And not just helping the women to give him some and services. Absolutely and and actually. Contraception helped off that they held that when I mean family I mean everyone in the family. So we do have a male that came in with about 10%. The patients at least be armed men four sexually transmitted disease testing and treatments. Also we do. More back and activities than any other organization. And or again. Know what services are provided by. I underrated. Planned parent says provides. Reproductive health care services. Four men women and teens and then we also. Are getting ready to provide some in music services for we just recently started. Prenatal care at our beaver can help center. So that way and win and in or again about gatekeepers parent that babies born in Oregon are borne true Medicaid or OHP. And but the problem is that when a woman finds out she's pregnant and much he continued that pregnancy sometimes it's really hard. To get that first appointment schedule so. Because we do more pregnancy testing than any other organization. Widow woman comes just sit com. And find out that they are pregnant and wants to continue with that pregnancy. What we have done in the past is refer someone to a provider but they might not dating and first sometimes four or five months. And so we had just started in a partnership with the legacy health care. Meet with free program. Doing the first prenatal care visits and then we refer the woman on to legacy and works were hoping to partner with other. Organizations. But once you get that first prenatal care visit which is extremely important. We talk about lifestyle choices we do some simple test things we get someone started on. Pregnant. Maternity vitamins to prenatal care vitamins and really try to get that pregnancy started off the healthiest possible way. That's the so many things to take into consideration when they're pregnant. Absolutely well so can you tell us about your clients were the most puritan planned claim population come from. I'm well we cover or again. Except for around to be Eugene area and southwestern Washington that we had a health center in Vancouver. Our our clients are patients are from all across the states and from what that you know. More than Vancouver Washington which and they are are the vast majority of our 60000 patients that we see each year. Our patients better eighteen to 34 mostly women. And that's that's the vast majority of our our patient population. Looking to what's there right now that says that less than 5% of what you do is for early abortion care. I think girls learn listeners might find that kind of surprising that some may be the the idea that people have their mind about what Planned Parenthood and deals with most. You know that is that common myth that people believed but in fact. Not only here in and or again and in Washington but nationally Planned Parenthood does more than any other organization to prevent it. Unplanned pregnancies. And though the vast majority of what we do it is preventive care contraception and and he'd be sexually transmitted infection treatment and testing we do Emil exams. Which pap test so really look at cancer prevention we do breast exams. To really help with early intervention a breast cancer said the vast majority of what we do is prevention. In just a general women's health that sounds like. Yet general women's health and so. As I was talking about that prenatal care we're also. Looking at a couple of other news services for us. One of which is to work with our patience on what we call primary care lights so we're going to pilot says. As our health center in bands though if the patient can be and and if she needs to aid strep throat culture or it's routine and they need their sports physical. And they're coming in for another service we'll be able to meet those needs. You know we feel a lot of very busy women and men and teams for their services and any way we can help them. By getting as much of their services. In one did that that would be great and it really helps everyone's. How'd how as the Affordable Care Act defected to. The plane parted. A child. Care act has been and very positive for it's one of the things that. We would love for all our patients to know is that we accept all. On insurance across our service area for our patients because I think that's come a little bit confusing for patients it's definitely increased access. For patients on and it's allowed us to. To grow in new ways I'd be able to be providing some news services one at the other news services that we're just getting ready to start this summer. Is transgender services. Which were very excited about we currently meet to transportation's. Reproductive health care needs. But we have not got into the hormone therapy and Merck decided to be able to provide that service. Starting this summer at two oversight for the kind of pilots. But it's really expanded. The ability for patients to have more choice and it's. So patients can go where they want to go but we have seen patients still wanting to come. To claim parentage because we provides such great quality and confidential care so it's actually been extremely good for. For patients all across the country. Of course everybody is supposed to have health care because of the Affordable Care Act but I'm sure there are times when you run into somebody who doesn't have. He's sort of insurance what are they doing that instance. Wolf we take care patients. Regardless of their income and so we can help patients. One find out if there is some form of finding that they can use to help pay for their services. We also have a sisters here at that help. Get we have two in the Portland area and one in and the Vancouver area that are helping. Women and families get and then gets signed up for the Affordable Care Act still looking out black ops and hits the that person or that family needs to death to so we do a variety of things to help help patients. Can you tell us about some of viewer of service providers who who works there. I'm we got mostly nurse practitioners that works for us. And it variety. Focuses this special needs. We have many better family nurse practitioners. In women's nurse practitioners. And so we end we have some nurses midwives also. We also have to medical directors which are both. And they both also work hit we can NGOs that are OBG by and and then we have a variety of contracts physicians that work for it's. Force some of those specialty care that we provide light kits that affected me so we have some urologists and we're extremely. Proud the partnership that we have played OH NQ because we have a variety of residents and medical students that rotates through that. That without. We have family medicine residents at a bank she lay and residents. Urology residents and medical students that rotates through all of our health centers says that they can have a really good positive experience and reproductive health care. Puts on fantastic great way to conserve your feet but. Absolutely but this genuine savior of the Planned Parenthood Columbia will limit is the largest nonprofit family planning and reproductive rights organization in Oregon and southwest Washington. Tell you are nonprofits like that and so where does most of your funding come from this this can't be inexpensive. It is not a most of our funding comes from. The health care that we provide because that's the that's what I think it Planned Parenthood. I think that's three legs of the stool and our first leg of that is the health care that we provide so. As I said we receive funding for the services that we provide whether it be OHP. Or defeat care which is. The family planning waiver for Medicaid which. And then we also accept all and assurances and top one program that's called title again which is the longest running and largest family planning program in the United States and it's federally funded. And that's. One way and then we also received grants that we bright and hit it and that we can help really covered that gap of all that. Where. Donations private donations and fund racing. Talking today with CEO Stacey M cross with he Planned Parenthood of Columbia Willamette. Now Stacey how did you get involved in this what what drew you to do this sort of work in your life. Well. A for if things. I am a mother of five's which sometimes people aren't very surprised that it CO for Planned Parenthood would be a mother for five five. But. Amy. IA previously worked in hospitals. And in. It for medical school my bachelor's degree isn't health education. And by age. When nine moved to Montana several years ago IA. Had started on a master's degree and I finished my day. Masters in business administration at the University of Montana and wanted to use my health backgrounds. My hospital background and my business to agree to do something different to really help families. And help women and I just had a perfect opportunity. For. DPO. Outplay impaired at Montana which retiring and actually I could not think there's any thing. Better to. Use both my degrees in my experience to. Help women and I have never regretted diets work for Planned Parenthood now for fourteen years twelve and Montana and almost two here. And there is never it days that I don't feel like I'm having a positive impact on people's lives and I I think they've Planned Parenthood. And as they human rights organizations. And that we have such a positive impact on the health of communities. Everyone has a personal story as to why they get involved than Planned Parenthood. Part of this I knew when I started. But part of I part that I didn't know which is that my eight both just my grandmother's. Died due to lack of access to birth control my mother's mother died at 47 and after having delivered. Her ninth child and had complications from childbirth. And my father's mother. Dye made what we were always told was former ruptured appendix then after I had worked for Planned Parenthood. After about five years to bomb my grandmother's. Sister we went to visit her in a nursing homes and she was asking about what I did for work and when she found out what it was. She. And with 97 at the time she got pretty nasty. And says that this was obviously part of the bigger plans because then she told us. That my grandmother had actually died from illegal abortions. It was during the depression and their family just patient just didn't believe they can't afford another child and calm of course there was not anything which. In 1935. Feet. Abortion services and so she died due to complications from. Really lack of access to birth control and it just reinforces my commitment to being involved with Planned Parenthood for. For the future of my children both my girls from my boy is and for the future my grandchildren that we want to continue. Can for and for all of our communities access to reproductive health care because it's like allows. Women and families do have control. And hope for their future. Well it's very powerful thanks for sharing that gap. How have things changed over the years since you've been there for been with the organization brought fifteen years are the things have changed quite a bit. It can't change quite a bit to we when I first started with Planned Parenthood. There. We covered the entire. Thumbs United States planned parenthood federation of America. And there were hot what we called a 127. Affiliates. Or. Which cover the different service areas different areas of the United States. And we really go from small to a large bombs the smallest being an affiliate that covers a couple of counties and the large just seeing it as. An affiliate actually that covered California and Nevada that covers the it's a very large geographic area. In addition to a large populations. So there's been a lot of reduction in the number of affiliates because of merger. We still cover. Every state in the United States. But we to merge to really work on efficiency. And you can help save resource is by combining back office so that we can use more of our resources. For patient care. And I didn't I need to get back to my three legs of might still win the second leg is thumb our educational services. And we provide educational program officer out our service area. We serve thousands that's that's teens each year particularly through a program called teen outreach. Program which served high school students but through out or again. And so we delayed and were actually with the students one of our educators is with a student an entire year. So we meet in the school and we have a class that meets every week and they work on a variety of things. Of course they have an understanding. Of comprehensive sex education but they also talk about body image. They talk about the interaction and come with their fellow students and how they fit in seeing not only their school but their community. And what they can do to have an impact on the health. And safety of their community and they actually choose. A year long community project on that serves the needs of that community. We are just completing a five year research grants that's been funded through that kind of government. And we have found. That our program has had. Some of the best outcomes federally. And it's done things like increase. On student attendance at school affiliated help. And helps students increased their performance in school. And not only has that done that with the students but it is also helps to have a ripple effect when the students their peers and their family. Increase. Students GPA so we're just really really pleased with the outcome of the program. The truly fantastic. What are some of the challenges you've you've faced in these years. Well when it's coming to our again a couple of years ago is like moving to. Dim at best states for reproductive health care in the country. In fact we're the only state currently at that has no barriers to reproductive health care. It which is really amazing and and Patton a fact that that Oregon is in fact the only state that doesn't have those barriers. Moving here from Montana which was the conservatives. State and com as even added more barriers to health care I feed my fellow. CEOs and Planned Parenthood employees throughout the United States fighting. Multiple barriers to care and restrictions and ballot initiatives. That really are either in impacting women choices and women's care. Which is just amazing that this is happening and were you know sitting here in 2015. And we have more restrictions. To reproductive health care than we did thirty years ago. Which is. Really sad and scary all the same time. And it's not just restrictions to abortion care it's also been restrictions to access to birth control of preventative care. By putting barriers to funding and barriers to providers. So it has been a very interest staying. Interest staying broad forward with Planned Parenthood but it's. Here and or again that we are really. I'm lucky and fortunate to have the great legislature. We've been able to pass pro active. Things in our legislative sessions and are able to move forward and we've really benefit in Oregon and in Washington. By having great comprehensive sex education in the schools access. Choose birth control. So we're we're really pleased care but the barriers. Are great and so we have to keep vigilant and keep moving forward. Can somebody since we are so progressive in in forward thinking in this area right. Feel like that if somebody wanted to get involved with planned parent of how to do that. Well they can do that the other leg at the final leg of art stool here with Planned Parenthood if our advocates see that they could. Get involved with our Planned Parenthood advocates of or again. On and they can go on our web site and it's fine to the information about how to get on to. Do you volunteer for Planned Parenthood advocates. In at Vancouver we have a different advocacy organization called plain compared to boats northwest. But we also have the ability for people to come and volunteer and here in any of our health and her really. For us to find out exactly blood on people are interested in and how they wanna help and how they want to volunteer force. Com people can. Donate their time and their money to helped us to continue this incredibly important work across her area. Until like you have some events throughout the year to that that helped to raise money and awareness can you tell us about some of them. Yes we actually have a luncheon put Planned Parenthood Camille blue lamb and has the luncheon. Right around the anniversary of bro. Every year on we just had a great lunch and this year in January that was very successful we had over 900 people let it. With our largest ones that we've ever had. And I actually know. What our speaker. We have a speaker's gentleman that wrote that killed the history of the pill is coming. Next January so I'm we're really very excited about that also. Who are advocates. Board has a fund raiser coming up to bomb may fifth it's a breakfast. And we're excited to have Wendy Davis two grand for. Governor of Texas last year as the speaker said that he can go on plan Karen did a or again advocates and web site and find out my I think there are a few tickets left for that breakfast. Let's get better hurry aren't you better hurry look at that she if someone was looking to get more information where's the best place to go. Propping up to our web site to. They kick go to. WWW. Planned Parenthood didn't dot org bash back slash planned terror take Colombia will lamb. OK and no I looked for your website they just did a Google search and Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette was one of the first things that popped right up. Yeah it's it's really worked very easy to. Attend get a hold of access to its again let us know some of the services you offer. So we offer women teen and then to reproductive health care services. As I mentioned we are just getting ready to. Offer up primary care at our bent location is where we're going to pilot that. But coming soon and then we just started prenatal care at our health center in beaver Ken. And then next news service that getting ready to start to is trance to transgender care which we will start here in Portland. Hopefully late this summer. Is that male and female transgender there yet but could it. What is the most popular service you provide probably. Our pregnancy test staying and contraception contraception is then number one service that we provide. Contraception. And all foods sexually transmitted infections. Treatment and testing. If there's something you can tell us that would debunks any myth we have about Planned Parenthood what would that be. It's a great question. I would think that people are. Are always amazed at full range of services that we provide. And that prevention is our number one focus. And I think people are still have that type. Belief that abortion as the number one service that we provide and depending on where you are in the country it is anywhere from three to 5% of the services that we provide. Well please do keep doing great work that you do thank you very much CO ST CM across the Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette thanks so much for me a microscope today. Thank you very much and I really appreciate it. Metals gold was an intercom communications and public affairs program my name's Gary and if you have a nonprofit or public affairs organization that you'd like let others know about. You can email me at microscopes @entercom.com. Thanks for listening to metro Scopes and enjoy your weekend.