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Planned Parenthood 012917

Jan 25, 2017|

AN INTERVIEW WITH STACY CROSS, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF COLUMBIA WILLAMETTE ABOUT THE WORK THEY DO AND CHANGES THAT THE NEW ADMINISTRATION MAY BRING.

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This is metro scope and Entercom radio Portland public affairs program I'm Gary Luxembourg and on the show this time we're going to be talking about Planned Parenthood on their website it says Planned Parenthood Columbia while lemon is the largest nonprofit family planning and reproductive rights organization in Oregon and southwest Washington like to welcome to the show this time Stacy cross Stacy is the president and CEO from Planned Parenthood Columbia will limit either Stacey I think trending on absolutely thinks come an end. Planned Parenthood is in the news alone right now we sure are it's what does that mean for you or use super busy inner John Bruno. Yes that would be an understatement we are. Busy preparing for R&D funding which is let's Wii has us in the news most of time. My staff has been really working hard getting prepared for a variety of scenarios since we actually don't know exactly what's gonna happen. We are as prepared as possible. And are the rest of our staff is busy day in and day out taking care for patients we're seeing patients coming in the door more than ever. How many centers are there in the in this area so our affiliate covers we have seven centers we also cover Vancouver Washington. And we have three in the metro area. And then we have one in Salem and one and ban them. Can you tell me a little bit about the history of planned colonel Collins have been doing and then we're to the idea come from. Well it started with Margaret Sanger and we actually celebrated. October of this year our hundredth anniversary so we have been around for a hundred years. And we plan to keep our doors open and BO browned a lot longer. And it started really because she was working in maternity wards and she's on the devastating effects. Of women not having access to birth control. In those 100 years has it always been. Correct me if I'm wrong as it always been an uphill battle. Mom is always been an uphill battle it is this is really about to reproductive rights are really. Mostly a woman's issue but certainly a family issue. And we just seat battle after battle of women you know not wanting to. People opposing women being in power and being empowered to make choices in their bodies and with their with their lives. When women do have control over their reproductive health they have healthier families they choose when and and if they wanna become a parent and they're able to have healthy families and really ultimately that leads to healthier communities. But the super important choice it's a very important choice it's it's one of the biggest choices. Then a woman and her partner roommate in their lives and yeah it do it goes far beyond that instance absolutely it's it's a lifetime. Absolutely and and both of my a both of my grandmothers died as result of not having access to birth control. One when she was 47 delivering her. Ninth child. And my other grandmother died due to an illegal abortion during the depression they were she was married. They had a child and they just didn't think they can feed another child and it was incredibly sad I've never met. Either my grandmothers and I didn't actually know all that until it was started in this work and it it really encourages me in empowers me and makes me work harder every day absolutely. Let's congratulations on the and let's talk about some of the services that Planned Parenthood offers. Planned Parenthood offers there most of our work is preventative work so we do birth control. Lifesaving cancer screenings as TD testing and treatment. HIV testing and counseling. We do offer a variety of education. One little unknown fact is we actually do more vast sect to me is that Planned Parenthood than any other organization. In origin and and then of course we offer abortion services and that is about 6% of our services right now okay. How how valuable are these services. Incredibly valuable as we as we've talked if women don't have control of their lives if they don't control of their fertility. They really don't have control of their future but we also served many other needs we serve LG PT. Communities we just started training and so Harmon provision therapy so we released served many patients many walks of lives. For their reproductive health. Choices and also their sexual whole health choices people come to us because they. Wanna ask a question they might feel uncomfortable asking somebody else were safe. We offer compassionate care. And we always give the real and factual information so that people learned form to make whatever decisions they need to make in their lives. How many people does Planned Parenthood sir. We serve about 7181000. Patient visits a year here at Planned Parenthood Columbia will Lamine. Across the nation he served 2.5 million patients we also have a very big education program. So we serve about 141000. Clients. Across our service here with her education programs. And talk about the staff who works at Planned Parenthood that's a pet is a great question. We have a really varied staff one I would say our staff is amazingly committed to the work that we're doing. Right now under that that pressure that we're facing with Steve funding they're coming in every gay serving patients needs. I'm taking care of them answering their questions providing education. I would say the vast majority of our staff are between. 25. And 35. Hardworking. Committed. Fun meet in. It really empowered to do whatever they wanna do in their lives and are really just so committed to their patients. A couple of weeks ago during an upper big snowy days. Staff couldn't get in except by snow she doing in scheme and they were there at 7 o'clock it's taking care of her patients. I came in a couple hours later and it was so great to see snowshoes and skis sitting on a wall on our clinic. Half that's a little something a few weeks ago that yes it's sure that I thought but let's go it's quite a site. How about the doctors and clinicians that worked there were did they you come from somewhere else or have they all started working at planned or initial. It really depends some of our staff started as clinic assistance and then decided that they wanted to become a nurse and then ultimately a nurse practitioner. Which is the vast majority of providers that we have our physicians are either family physicians are OB she lands. On our medical director is on faculty at and we tissue in the oh did you land department so. On all all Planned Parenthood employees across the United States are mostly. I think he committed T human rights they want to care for people they wanna take care of people they want people to be able to make whatever choices. They wanna make in their lives. How come people come to Planned Parenthood enough to just a regular general practitioner. Well where the expert Tim reproductive health care as we've Ari said we've been around for a hundred years they teach me in and ask us any question. We take the time with them to answer all their questions. And we see a variety of patients from someone that's you know frightened that they might have an unplanned pregnancy. Just somebody that might be considering getting pregnant and wanna make sure that they start up that pregnancy in the healthiest way. Two young team that's struggling with their sexuality. To on. I'm longer it just had a very very wanted pregnancy that found out that she has cancer. So we see just a whole variety of patients on. As I said we we offer best sector miso we see a lot of men I commend and make a really good choice for their family. And though you were on the whole gamut we sure do that's awesome yeah. Hum you've been doing this for how long sixteen years sixteen years. Can you tell me before this interview that you asserted that move in with planned parent and in Montana yes I did it was it's. It's the best job I've ever had. They patted down. How have things changed over those sixteen years. I am well I started out in very conservative states on so moving to Portland and covering Portland and part of Washington. It's much more progressive area. The thing I love about Portland is just how all kind and nice people are an open to diversity. On how things have changed I would say is things are. On although it is ebbed and flowed with Planned Parenthood right if things get more political than they get better. And get more political. On right now there. I'm very political and it's it's a great challenge sometimes they're easier than others. But as I say to my staff every day every year is like seven years were kind of like dog years because it's really hard you're never bored. But you never walk out of work thinking that you haven't had a positive impact on somebody's life. Do you find this particular time in history more challenging than times in the past absolutely. We have never faced a mom the administration we're facing now which is incredibly challenging. We have been under deep funding before. But never within makeup of this administration. Let's talk about the funding in and probably believe. Affordable Care Act being repealed what is that going to mean for Planned Parenthood. Well. They Affordable Care Act being repealed is can be devastating for millions and millions of Americans without a doubt. On Americans that now have access to have never had access before. 55 million women right now get birth control without a cocaine because of the Affordable Care Act and this can all change. For Planned Parenthood what he funding means and I think there's a lot of on misinformation about this. It means that we are eligible for reimbursements for the health care that we provide our most vulnerable patients. We are safety net provider which means that we take care of patients that frequently have nowhere else to go. Undocumented patients people of color where there's barriers of care just patients that are low income that don't have any choices. So defining means that we won't be able Odom green be reimbursed for the federal care Medicaid. Care for title ten cared that we provide our patience. And this they care that their. It's lifesaving cancer screenings it's STD testing and treatment. This is the care that that they wanna take away during. And it has nothing to do with abortion care because we cannot use any federal dollars for abortion care. And that's definitely a misconception right absolutely. So him. Where these people gonna go. Well that's a that's another good question because one of the other misconceptions. All our attention facts we might say right now. Is that. One of the things he administration will say is they can just go to another safety net provider. Community health center county public health unit. But when you then going talk to these folks they are incredibly busy they're taking care of chronic disease diabetes hypertension. Heart disease. They are already booked in backed up they do not have any other route in their schedules to fit in across the nation another. 2.5 million patients and here in our series serious about seven ET thousand patients visits a year. It's just it's not gonna happen. Is that going to clog up the healthcare system even more or will people stop seeking. And health care well actually. There is just to study in the new England journal of medicine and so anti give you a real life example. When they. On there was a 27%. Increase an unplanned pregnancies because people couldn't get into C a provider. There was a doubling since 2010. Maternal. Mortality. In Texas. There was just devastating effects on. Women's health care in general and Texas. We don't have to go to a Third World country to see what happened and we can go to Texas we can go to Wisconsin. And if facts are devastating. People are not going in and getting your cancer screenings are not going in in getting tested for HIV. Or four STD's because there's not a health center in their area. People go within a certain. Mileage of their home. And what makes their recent teenage pregnancy for example is down right now. Is because people have access in their own communities to birth control and it's affordable. Those are really the two key things in getting people in to get preventive care. To them it with fear of potential repeal and budget and changes that are that are potentially coming or more than likely coming right. What are you seeing an increase in right now. Com well the day after the election. To give you an example our call center usually gets about 400 calls today. We saw almost 700 calls that day. And women wanting to get in to get what's called Clark's long acting reversible contraceptives. Which are both implants. And I TDs and they can last from three to twelve years and we have seen. Across the nation and 900%. Increase in people seeking lark. And in our service Syria we've seen the well is that we saw 37%. Increase in November alone of people wanting to gain and we are also seeing an outpouring of support. From our communities they are coming and there. Dropping off checks they are drug bringing flowers they're doing all kinds of sales for us we just had a cookie sale. And they brought a check in for 27000. Dollars the sale likely overnight. We're seeing tattoo artists and restaurants and feeders. And musicians. All doing things is to help Planned Parenthood. To bank and America just a minute 27000 dollars from a cookie sale absolutely and it wow really fast it's sold out almost overnight I didn't get my order and supposed to do some amazing cookies they are amazing cookies they actually brought some and drop them off at -- to our staff and our. Martin Luther King. Office and they got gobbled up before I got back to the office says they were delicious evidently let's talk more about ways people can help out what's so low water ways people can help. Well they can go to our website at PP CW dot org and there's a listing there of all the things that they can do. They can go to I stand with PP dot org. And they can get a listing of what's happening with our resistance how we're fighting and standing strong for Planned Parenthood. If they want to get action alerts on a regular basis from our action network find out what's happening a daily basis and who they can call. And who they can email right and they go to it they can tax stand ST eight NT all in capital letters. 222422. And they will get signed up for the action alert networks. But mostly what we'd like to see them do. And besides financially supporting us because we're. It's not that we're in stopped seeing these patients we just won't get reimbursed for it and so we have to fit figure out an alternative way. To get that funding to take care of those patients. So help support us financially support our staff I mean I can't tell you what cookies does to our staff cookies and compete says. Thank you know it's really getting lots of thank you notes. But also get active in the way we solve that no marches all across the country. This last Saturday standup and activate speaking out every time you see hatred every time he sees somebody doing something. They need to call their members of congress. In Oregon we are so blessed and really fortunate. T have a state government that's incredibly supportive of our leaders. So we wanted to thank them when they do things right and then our members of congress are mostly incredibly supportive we want to thank them. But we also want to reach out and let people know. When we're opposed to an action last week we delivered 500000. Pieces of mail. To Paul Ryan's office to let him know what America thought and. That's really important work and that's it's there's a lot of work into a lot of work so congratulations and on getting that done it. Is a misconception that Planned Parenthood will be closing. It is a misconception. Com and I'll tell you why give you great real life example again of that because other we've been incredibly fortunate here and or again wearing a blue state. Which means during key finding we're actually gonna lose more resource is than other states. Because other states have already lost funding they've lost state funding. Com and they're they have survived. Did they have the same and number of doors and they seem the same number of patients now. But they're still seeing patients and their doors are open. If somebody is looking for services what's where should they start. They can go tour our website which is PP CW dot org. And if they go online they can see exactly. On the services that we provide. And you can actually schedule your appointment online also. And they can call our health sinner. Actually have to get the numbers for you caller health center which is 888. 57675. T six and talk to one of our call center. Employees and they're just amazing they'll answer all your questions. They'll help you find whatever resource is that you might need to get your care provided and no help you schedule an appointment also. So us some over the phone health care was it would yes it's it's no answer your question that's fantastic and then they can also to stop by a clinic to. They can stop by a clinic we had at the one of the great things about Planned Parenthood is you can walk in and get care and we had almost at every one of our health centers. We have slots for same day appointments. What do somebody who doesn't have insurance. We take care of patients regardless of their income. Temple yeah they're really probably should have insurance that everybody should have insurance right now that their sales 24%. That don't and they're still providing them. There care. With a variety of programs right now that we can access. One of the programs is called title ten and title ten has been around. For more than forty years it was started by a Republican president. Because he understood the connection between economic freedom. And reproductive health he understood that they have a family can control their fertility in make choices that meet their families' needs. Then it's better for the families. So that program has been around for a long time and based on your income you can slide to zero for all those services that you need. It's amazing. Who support him that's great. Thumb I'm going to play devil's advocate just a little bit and I'm going to be the person who says I am opposed to Planned Parenthood OK I want you to convince me why shouldn't we. Okay well there should be some common ground areas that we can agree on most folks really don't wanna see unplanned pregnancies. And the only way you can prevent unplanned pregnancies is by having access to. Comprehensive sex education. And having also access to birth control. Abstinence. Absolutely. Is the number one. And the only successful planned to you know to not have a pregnancy but it's also fairly unrealistic in our world. And so having access to comprehensive sex education not only about your birth control. And as TDs testing and treatment. But about you making safe choices for yourself and for your family that's incredibly important. So. Wind we solve. Comprehensive sex education available in schools when we saw access to affordable. Is sex education and has access to birth control affordable. And access that was local and free in their area. That's when we saw what we're seeing right now the lowest teenage pregnancy rate that we have ever seen in our country. Since that should be a common ground areas that we should be able to agree on no one is pro abortion. But we need to have that access available. Because that need regardless of what kind of birth control we have they're still gonna be any need for that access but we want to keep it safe. They want to keep women healthy. And we want to protect their future fertility. And their lives. And again playing devil's advocate a little bit then. Isn't all that play and earn a dollar and ensure all about abortions does not. How things we are not all about abortion in fact that we provide more we do more to prevent unplanned pregnancy. Then any organization in this country. Abortion depending on an affiliate and the service area abortion is less than 10% of the services that we provide nationwide. Someplace it's it's it varies each year between 10% and 3% it really depends on the people accessing our other services which are all about. Preventive services keep being. Women healthy healthy keeping families healthy. But I don't want my tax dollars paying for the yes that that situation make that there's a lot of things that people don't want tax dollars spent on. But an investment and claim parentage is a really cost saving investment. Every dollar spent on reproductive health care. Saves our government. Through other program seven dollars so that's kind of simple math if you if you spend your dollar you save seven dollars and times that by a thousand times set by. 2.5 million you can see that. Having access to birth control and reproductive health is actually a cost savings for for us as an American citizens. OK you can it's. Okay. I was just playing doubles at a clip hit the so molest. Couple minutes we have careless talk about two again the services and how people can access them. Again people can access services by blocking in our doors to go to one for health centers. By going online to our website which is PP CW dot org. You can see everything about our services and you can also schedule an appointment. And that's been wonderful we just started that about six months ago and it's been wonderful for our patients oh Saturday night. You realize she need to get and you can schedule an appointment right and and you can also call our call center. Which is 8885767526. And we will. See you almost every day we have walking and. Appointments available. We're in very challenging times and very challenging tonight can gradually to on the work that you're doing thank you very much thanks for allowing me to command absolutely. When talking today with Stacy cross president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Columbia polemic things you can contend. Metals gold is an Entercom radio Portland public affairs program. I'm Gary blocks of if you have a nonprofit or public affairs organization that you'd like to let others know about you can email me my email address is microscope at inter com dot com. Remember Entercom sort of an. If you'd like to hear this program again you can visit our website at microscope PDX dot com thanks for listening about just go and enjoy the rest of your weekend.