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Planned Parenthood offers info to help make responsible choices

Kay Vasilakis
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Nonprofit
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The new Glenwood Springs Planned Parenthood office at 59923 U.S. Highway 6 opened its doors May 17. The move from its original location on 20th Street to a larger, state-of-the-art health center was in direct response to the growing need for affordable reproductive and basic primary health care in the Roaring Fork Valley.

“We are excited to unveil our beautiful new health center to the community,” said Rebecca Murray, Glenwood Springs health center manager. “Our new location was designed to meet the needs of current and future clients. Building healthy communities is what we do. We’re here for every person and every family.”

The new 2,500-square-foot health center is 1,600 square feet larger than the nonprofit’s previous building. It has been completely renovated, and design elements create a warm, welcoming, up-to-date environment clients would expect from any medical center. The reception and medical areas are larger, allowing Planned Parenthood to accommodate more clients. A sky light brings in a huge amount of natural light, and a private parking lot brings convenient parking to clients.

The agency offers services on a sliding scale fee based on an individual’s income. Patient financial assistance programs are available for certain services, such as the HPV vaccine and breast and cervical cancer screenings including a pelvic exam, Pap test, breast exam, and mammogram through the Women’s Wellness Connection.

Planned Parenthood strives to create a trusting environment where people can talk in confidence and ask questions they may be too embarrassed to ask others and seek the care they need without judgment, fear, or bias.

It aims to maintain confidential care at all times possible, and there are only a few exceptions to this promise. Its health center professionals take their responsibility as mandatory reporters very seriously, and they are required to report instances of rape or abuse. Young people seeking abortion services are required to attain parental notification.

Ninety-three percent of Planned Parenthood services focus on prevention. It gives women and men the most powerful tool to keep themselves healthy and make responsible decisions – medically accurate information.

People are encouraged to visit Planned Parenthood for client education even if they are not certain they need care or treatment. Comprehensive reproductive health care and basic primary care services include all birth control methods; emergency contraception; sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment for men and women; HIV testing and referrals; LGBT services; pregnancy testing and information about all pregnancy options; annual exams and screening for breast and cervical cancer; treatment for abnormal pap test results including colposcopy, cryotherapy and LEEP; routine gynecological care; abortion services; mid-life services for women; and cholesterol, diabetes, and blood pressure screenings. Mid-life services for women include testing for and treatment of menopause, breast cancer screenings, mammogram referrals, and tests and treatment for vaginal infections. Planned Parenthood is available for women throughout all stages of life.

Did you know Planned Parenthood also welcomes men and offers services specific to meet male reproductive and basic health care needs? The Glenwood Springs Planned Parenthood location serves a broad geographic region including the Western Slope (Aspen, Crested Butte, Grand Junction) and parts of Utah. Planned Parenthood is also a tireless advocate for policies that support women’s health. Its public affairs team educates policymakers and advises on legislative matters. A political arm, Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado, advocates for access to reproductive health care services and comprehensive sex education and supports candidates and elected officials on these issues.

Kay Vasilakis’ “Nonprofit Spotlight” column appears every other Wednesday in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. She is an active member of the Garfield County Human Services Commission. To contact her for a possible mention of a local nonprofit event or news item, please e-mail kvasilakis2222@gmail.com or call 618-6689.


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