Nonprofit Spotlight |

Nonprofit Spotlight

Kay Vasilakis
Special to the Post Independent

Over 2,200 clients were served by Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) in 2003. PPRM provides quality, affordable, confidential reproductive health care for women, men and teens. Family Planning helps prevent unintended pregnancies and reduces the number of abortions and sexually transmitted diseases. Services include annual exams and screening for breast cancer and cervical cancer, Pap test follow-ups including colposcopy and cryotherapy and sexually transmitted disease screening for women and men, including HIV/AIDS.

The goal is to make life better by providing lower-cost and easily obtained health care for women, men and teens.

The PPRM staff includes the manager, two nurse practitioners, one advanced health center assistant, and one health center assistant. The health center maintains a sliding fee scale based on income for their services. Free breast exams, mammograms and cervical cancer screening may be provided for uninsured women meeting specific income guidelines. The Aspen Valley Community Foundation, the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation, Aspen Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Garfield Board of County Commissioners, Pitkin County Health and Human Services and United Way of Garfield County all make these potentially life-saving services possible.

The health center in Glenwood Springs is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, noon-5 p.m. on Tuesdays, noon -7 p.m. on Thursdays, and 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Fridays and every second and fourth Saturday.

The health center welcomes walk-ins for pregnancy testing, over-the-counter and continuing birth control supplies, and emergency contraception. Appointments for other services may often be made within a day of the patient request. Referrals are made for prenatal care and adoption services.

All clients are informed of the organization’s privacy policies at the time of their initial service. Clients are assured their concerns will be held in confidence.

PPRM is the fifth-largest Planned Parenthood affiliate in the nation with 32 health centers in six states.

“We’re dedicated to providing quality, affordable and confidential reproductive health care,” said Worm. “We strive to meet our patients’ needs by offering diverse services and remaining flexible in our scheduling. We will always be an advocate for the basic human right to seek reproductive health care.”

“While we do not have a specific fund-raiser planned, I do invite people who support family planning and choice to contact me. The Glenwood Springs Health Center is subsidized by donor contributions and other Planned Parenthood revenues. This health center stays open despite losses, to ensure that community members have the option to obtain quality and affordable reproductive health care.”

Planned Parenthood offers information to aid the public in making responsible choices regarding their sexuality and sexual health, and is able to provide education and prevention materials to the public at community events. If you have an educational programming need for your group, please contact the health center.

Established in Garfield County: 1979

Contact: Terri Worm, Glenwood Springs Health Center manager, 945-8631,

Mission: To improve the quality of life by enabling all people to exercise individual choice in their own reproductive life.

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