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Jan 17, 2018|

AN INTERVIEW WITH ADRIENNE QUINTANA, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER FROM PLANNED PARENTHOOD COLUMBIA WILLAMETTE ABOUT THE SERVICES THEY OFFER AND GENERAL SEXUAL HEALTH TOPICS.

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This season microscope and Entercom radio Portland public affairs program and you're in Luxembourg. And on the show this time we are going to be talking about the many services provided by Planned Parenthood. Plummet just go this time I would like to welcome Adrian Quintana Adrian is the chief operating officer from Planned Parenthood Columbia malevolent hydrant. I hate you thank you for having us today and glad you could be here. So let's talk about Planned Parenthood we know that planned parent and as of really big impact on our community in what are some of the services that you provide. Great thank you for asking Planned Parenthood. Colombia a lemon has seven health locations across Oregon and southwest Washington. We have health center here in Portland to in the northeast and southeast areas. We have a health center in Beaverton in Milwaukee oak grove and then down and sale comes down and bend and also on a wonderful health center in Vancouver Washington. I'm in and those health centers we provide a whole array of services including preventative care. Including birth control family planning annual well visits as TI treatment. And screening. Ally HIV confidential HIV testing. We offer cervical cancer screening and treatment. And we're happy to announce that we are now delivering transgender hormonal provision and Pratt. Pre exposure prophylaxis for HIV to help in the prevention of HIV transmission. Talib. Patience Steve Doocy and on an annual basis. Currently we see I'm almost 75000. Patient visits a year or so were serving a good proportion. People seeking reproductive healthcare in Oregon and Washington. And is it's. Equally men and women were more women than men there. Great question. We actually see about 88%. Female own our people identify as as female. However that number is shifting as a demographics are shifting we're seeing more and more men. I'm and more and more people away who identify. I'm as non buying marry your gender non conforming. I Planned Parenthood works to deliver reproductive health care to people love of all races genders and ages we see people on the entire. I continuum of their life from you know. Pre adolescents all the way through pre man up artist on regardless of where they are in their life course. Can you tell us why it's somebody would come to plan parted as opposed to doing to him like a local and we don't. Great great question again so Planned Parenthood on. Op plan their health care very well or they may have. A concern that arises immediately that they wanted to be seen quickly so we offer walk in and we do appointments. In addition we offer a full range of insurance and Medicaid plans on right now we have offer armed services to over army contract with over forty. I'm insurance companies in Medicaid payers so therefore we can see a whole range of people. And we also offer same day discounts were very very low cost and affordable. And in ballots aren't. 82% of our patients are at or below 200% of the federal poverty line so we're happy to see you regardless of income and if you can afford services. We'll help you. Soon to be seen and make sure that you get the care and treatment that you need is Planned Parenthood but maybe a primary care provider for a lot of people. We don't offer primary care in the way that you wouldn't think of primary care but we seem reproductive health care as part of primary care. We know that a lot of people especially women in this country. Well actually I'm only on access our medical care for reproductive health care needs if they're generally healthy in every other way. So we see reproductive health care is as a key fundamental part of primary care to keeping yourself healthy absolutely. So how valuable for the services the provide. Bob we think they're invaluable. Fur us it's it's it's not only about its. I'm helping people in crisis but it can also be. On preventative care. Helping a family are or a person planned. Pat went in and how many children to have. When it's right for them when they can finish school helping a young woman to finish college for example. I'm giving her birth control method double last five to ten years so we'll see through the beginning of her career so that she can decide when. I'm to have children when the time is right for her. We also offer I mean are HIV testing and our our prep services which are lifesaving services. I'm so we neat we know that the services we can provide can keep people healthy to live long healthy lives. So important. That to you that you get to see these people on a regular basis. Yet you know. I am sometimes when I'm sitting up in my office to your knowledge that minute paperwork I go down the house and earned just sit and talk to patients that reminds us. Reminds me of why is so important. Palm that were here and that we keep these stores open Planned Parenthood has been around for a hundred years and we plan to be here for another hundred years is on his people need us. And it's I'm. When we talk to our patients aren't they they're fearful that that some day Planned Parenthood won't be there for them. And they are this year has been a huge. Wonderful year for us and Matt. We've been fighting a lot of politics I'm sure you if I ever heard on the radio or read in the news. But the day the rebound effect of that is that our supporters are coming out and supporting us more and more people are walking in off the streets here in Portland giving us doughnuts and pizza and saying thank you for the work we do in sending us messages and we're feeling the love and the support because people know how valuable our services are. And they want us to stay strong in the times of adversity. And they want to keep providing the services. Keeping these doors open now that's fantastic what are ways that people can help out. Great question pizza of course it's of course definitely not a result from Tom I would say the best way to help out this too is is just to spread the word to is to stand up to speak out. To tell your stories. To show support for Planned Parenthood on aid through on social media through. Some people are throwing house parties to raise awareness they could be fundraisers are not fundraisers. They could just beyond events to raise awareness they could be on opening dialogue. With your friends and your family about the services that Planned Parenthood provide. Of course small donations are always welcome. We have patient assistance fund for those patients who can't afford our services. We create a fund so that nobody will be turned away due to its lack of money. I'm so there's just some of the simple ways that you can also check out our web site. WW died PP CW dot or Erica and you can find out more information how to support us here locally and nationally there was lots of great information on the web site for sure it's a wonderful website and again on PP CW dot org read can find out information on your health care how to access us. And also on information on your arm links to our political advocates see if you're interested in helping out from an advocacy standpoint. What are some of the challenges that you experienced over the last a year year and a half it's been a bit challenging the over the last few months. Yes it it hasn't again they had the support of the community has been outstanding here in Portland so a huge shout out to all of our supporters here in Portland in Oregon and southwest Washington that that keep us motivated and I am and keep us going in these times. I think for us. Probably act as a teen. Did the some of the challenges have come from the unknown. There seems to be a lot of on talk Randy funding us. And trying to communicate to our patients that. These stores will stay open regardless of what is going on politically. On and making sure that our our patients feel secure that when they access health care that we will continue to be there for them. Betters our commitment and its arms so we just communicating. Good messaging and communicating to our patients in these confusing times has been a challenge. Where does the primary funding come from for Planned Parenthood. Great question from people like you can. The primary funding actually comes from viera health care provider like any other health care organization that you would find turn or again. So we are reimbursed for the services that we provide from health care. I'm insurance companies just like any other health care providers the majority of our revenue. Is direct reimbursement for the services we provide. And then we also do receive on donations in a Philanthropic donations. From private individuals from Findlay foundations. And we were to receive small amount of grants. As well to help us on our educational programs. That's a lot of a lot of people out there don't realize that Planned Parenthood also has a very strong robust education program. Where our community educators go out into the community. And work within school districts that in community organizations. Within social services. To raise awareness about sexual and reproductive health how people can protect themselves and stay healthy and how they can access our services. And so we do receive a lot of grants Iman in 2017. Are educators reached over 30000 individuals with our programming well. That's Endesa began to huge number over very proud of that how is that I that I reached difference in rural settings. Well it can be difficult so I'm in and rural settings just from an access standpoint on the and one of the goals of Planned Parenthood. At Columbia calamity in the coming years is actually expand access continued to rural areas. We recognize that we are very lucky here in Portland because we have our an Oregon I'm sorry because we have such a supportive. On state government. On we enjoy a I. Reproductive. Equity here in Oregon meaning that the government has just passed here in Oregon their reproductive health equity act. Which guarantees on reprint access to reproductive health care for all individuals regardless of gender. And documentation status. So we recognize that we we. Are in a bit of a Planned Parenthood Nirvana compared to some other states. On many in America that are under attack. However we also recognize that there's a large rural urban divide and that in some it's counties here and or again. There are people who have no access to on an abortion provider or reproductive health care specialist. I'm so therefore they have to travel long distances of one of our goals. Is still held on an increase awareness of sexual and reproductive health issues and rural areas and actually try to reach out to these communities using telemedicine. So we're really excited we've just launched our first telemedicine program are still in the pilot phase. And hopefully we will be launching through eastern and central or again throughout 2018. And that that's invaluable. We're hoping so we're or are counting on it I think it's gonna be on a lifeline to people in certain communities. We're hoping to launch chance gender hormonal provision via telemedicine match will be a lifeline. To members of the trans community living in isolated communities without access to care. Or are stigma free care. Were also. Com looking at trying to expand our educational services remotely through online access and interactive. Online plot web platforms web based platforms that people can access reliable quality reproductive education and so transgendered services are kind of news to blenders and Elise here correct well. We have always provided services to two with two arms are are transgender patients that died has been hasn't been an issue. I'll be lies again we provide stigma free confidential cares tell people. Ayman have done so for years but what's new is over providing hormone provision so it's been about a year and a half now that were provided Ramon provision to. Armed help or hurt our transcendent patients make that transition. Uncomfortably easily with on quality information and and it's. So that they feel welcome on and it's easily accessible and affordable that's great team Cuban moot point Ireland for a while right. Oh a well kind of I've got Kabul Cirque Soledad establish I actually I spend with Planned Parenthood Columbia allow meant for about two and a half years now. I'm moved to Portland for this job and never looked back Portland has become home in our everyone is very happy here. I actually started with Planned Parenthood on at Planned Parenthood affiliate in New York back in 1998. So it's been about twenty years now on I'm happy to come home back to the family. How have things in your mind changed over the last twenty years. Things are probably different than they were definitely nineties. It was especially I'm so it that it really interesting question because I actually worked overseas for about ten years. And during that time Obama was elected the Affordable Care Act has launched so I've come back to a whole new world as far as health care. And delivering reproductive health care. You. So I I hit the ground running when I came back but I think. The biggest thing for me the biggest change other than the Affordable Care Act and how so many more people have access to health care via their insurance plans. Is calm Howell under threat reproductive health care is right now in this America when I left to work overseas. It was easier to access. Lifesaving reproductive health care services. An American and it wasn't some of the countries and I were working and in Asia and Africa. And since have come back I actually found that to be the reverse their states and areas of America. For either do two on politics in an unfair legislation. Arm or just do it access issues like being in a very rural area where it more people are more isolated now. In terms of accessing quality reproductive health care than they are a lot of the places I worked overseas and that that's frightening to me because everybody deserves. The chance to to grow up healthy and happy and live the life on that they want. And have access to preventative care that will allow them on to choose their own destiny. When there's this statistics that say sexually transmitted infections are on the rise in Oregon right yes that is correct we are in the middle of the syphilis. Epidemic I was gonna say outbreak but it really is an epidemic. I'm hearing in or again I'm in in many other places in the states. In hill along with our rising rates of gonorrhea as well and gonorrhea is especially worrying because it is becoming multi drug resistant as well. And I think part of it is due to lack of education and awareness among young people. We have on a lot of young people fat don't remember when HIV. First came out and how frightening it was and and the death told that it took. We have new medications that are out there on. That are helping people live longer so we fear that people are using less condoms. Then they used to be so we are promoting it on in addition to birth control birth control plus condoms if you are in a relationship. Where. They may not be bring you. There may be a possibility of a brisk RF exposure to an STI are recommending that all people use condoms. So Smart as that that will never be untrue. No and it's also wire education programs are so important so we talk about reaching 30000 people a lot of those are mostly young people through our education programs. It's raising awareness if if if people are getting this access to information at homer in schools. We need to make sure that there's reliable fact based evidence based information out there in the communities that young people can access this. Access the information and know how to protect themselves. Do you also offer counseling. We offer we offer full options counts against Forrest as choices when it comes to on. Pregnancy. People have a lot of options we offer the full array of options and offer full counseling when it comes to birth control options. There's not one method that is right for everyone everyone has a unique make up. And they have to find the birth control method that works best for them. I'm and that can include condoms thank you can include short term methods and it concludes long term methods that may last 510 years. So it's really important that people come in and understand what all of their choices are. And find the method that works best for them and to use condoms and they think that it may be at risk of an STI air HIV infection and who Planned Parenthood is really. Very great and that inclusion. Talk about the inequality. Thank you I said that's nice to hear from where we are. We are striving to be better as all people in all organizations should be in today's world. We have a commitment to our equity and inclusion Burke and we have a director and manager two positions for equity and inclusion. That we are working mom to deliver our brand new equity plan though we were very pleased to develop on. And an announced. And part of that equity plan is making sure that our own house is an order and now we're doing all that weekend to be an inclusive employer. And provider of health care services. And then that we we can be a better partner partner to the community and tore partner organizations. On that are supporting on inclusion work equity work in social justice issues so we're really proud of where where we're going in Marbury doing. And we always recognize that there is room to grow and to learn more. Well that's that's really important is to know that well we've figured this out and yet we everybody needs to keep growing in and being more open minded about just. Now. Could you maybe talk about some misconceptions about Planned Parenthood and. Sure tomboy I think there's a lot out there and and I feel like the beast and if we don't we probably should have a full web page about that. I'm I think the most common miss conception is that it's. That we are funded fully by the government so that when people talk about T funding us on they think that abortion is going to go away. And actually on abortion is a proud part of the work that we do but it's a very small part of the work we do. And none of the federal funding that we currently perceived through grants her through reimbursements for our services. Is actually used for abortion services that that's actually a law that no federal dollars can be used. So when people talk about. They're actually talking about taking money away from preventative care from lifesaving services from that HIV prevention services and informing HIV testing. From birth control that can help young people get through college from providing. Carmona provision to transgender patients to providing those lifesaving cervical and breast cancer screenings and and treatment. 41 cervical cancer treatment that we do. For those annual well visits where we do pap smears that contest for for precancerous cells those are the services that will go away if we are defund it. Planned Parenthood enjoys the wonderful support of our community but the money we've received from our community partners. Is not enough to keep the full array of services and hours in health centers that we have open now. We are health care provider at the same as any other health care provider so deep funding Planned Parenthood in taking away federal dollars. Armed would unfairly limit access to our services come and a lot of people. Would have nowhere else to go in relied on the services they do we we did a survey recently we have. Health center in southeast Portland around division in Powell fifty around that fiftieth. Fiftieth yup and division and that health center has been there I can tell you the number of years has been their decades and it's our flagship health center. And we did a survey of over a thousand of our patients last year. And 45%. Of those patients do not access health care anywhere else we are there only health care provider. On so if we laughed. They would have to seek another health care provider and their may not be one that offers his services we do in their community. And they may or may not accept self pay or Medicaid patients we know a lot of health care providers have limits and caps on the number of Medicaid providers. That they offer. And if they don't know. If they don't accept Medicaid and these patients have to pay out of pocket in Maine are may not be affordable. So we really are vital resource in the community and that's what our patients are telling us. Yeah that's great let's say see you let people. But as an and I guess you know that really that's that's it it's great when you do the surveys and you have any any you know when in your heart and then you also have the numbers that you come on the radio I guess that's a shot and say that we know where we know without a hundred you know without a shadow of the doubt 100% we are. Any community health care provider. If somebody listening to it is and maybe news services provided by Planned Parenthood and how they go about getting help. That's wonderful so the first thing to do would be to go to our our website PP CW dot org. And on there we are excited to announce that we have online appointment scheduling now see there's a couple of drop down boxes and you can actually choose. On which health. Services that you want to access and you can choose the health center that you want again we have seven locations including southwest Washington and all the way down to bend. Teaches your health Centre you choose your service and you can choose your appointment time and we also offer walk in so please feel free to lock and any Planned Parenthood health center. And patients can also call our toll free call center at 1888. 5767526. And there you can be connected but our expert call center staff. Who will connect you with the health center of your choice and make an appointment for you. Great the last couple minutes we have here what do you see in them in the future. With what's what's coming up. Well I think the futures actually very exciting I. Armed but I feel that the spirits of of young people on our community are galvanizing. They are. Recognizing how important access to reproductive health care is. There's a whole generation ear now they don't remember. The struggles that our mothers and our grandmothers went through to secure reproductive freedom. On those young people are now galvanized so what is happening politically and they are speaking up and they are coming together. To protect access to health care so this is a really exciting time we're seeing the momentum. And because of that arm more and more people are. Speaking up about the services we provide a more people are becoming aware of the services we provide. On and grateful that we their their relief to find out where there so we are seeing more and more patients come to our door. Accessing her services so we're looking towards the future of growth. And as they said reaching out to communities right now that do not have her services or similar services. And working in partnership with those companies and communities to figure out what we can do to better support I'm super excited for the future now. That's great Odom and that's that wonderful now that I'll look like that yes very rare. It's important ceded to stay strong in these times and to recognize that this isn't the first time. Mom and Planned Parenthood has you know come under some type of fire. We on there probably won't be the last it probably won't be the last time and I think that it's important to say that we are here for every one and that. Sometimes people don't realize. How important is. For us to offer these services until they are loved and this isn't a situation where they need access to care. And that's when people realize how important our services are so sometimes. Sometimes it takes awhile for people to recognize that. We keep doing the good work keep claiming to fight thank you so much I really appreciate your time and now we've been talking today with Adrian intolerant chief operating officer from Planned Parenthood Columbia we'll have to thank them. Smith microscope is an Entercom radio Portland public affairs program I'm Gary blocks and if you're involved with the nonprofit public affairs organizations or do you have an idea for an upcoming show I'd like to hear from you. This is the microscope PDX dot com and submit your ideas you can also go to the station's website and submit your information there. Thanks for listening to metals go and enjoy the rest of your weekend.