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Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette Expands Critical HIV Prevention Efforts (Photo) - 06/11/18

In recognition of LGBT Pride Month, Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette (PPCW) is thrilled to announce it has expanded critical HIV prevention and education efforts by offering pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) at all of its health centers. PPCW will raise awareness about the expanded health services for the LGBT community through a specific campaign created for men who have sex with men (MSM).

PrEP is a medical tool to help people who are at high risk for HIV and reduces the risk of transmission by taking a daily pill. It’s covered by most insurance plans, but PPCW can help uninsured patients find a medication assistance program that may help pay for PrEP.

“Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette stands with LGBTQ people in the struggle for full rights, equality and justice,” says Anne Udall, Interim CEO & President of PPCW. “We open our doors to all people — regardless of gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation — and will continue to honor and fight for the health and lives of LGBTQ people by providing access to high-quality, nonjudgmental and compassionate health care and education.”

Despite the lifesaving advances in antiretroviral therapy for treatment and prevention, HIV remains an urgent public health crisis, especially for certain marginalized communities that face barriers to affordable, quality health care. According to a 2015 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveillance report, black people account for 4 in 10 Americans living with HIV and nearly half of all new HIV infections.

“Although this country has made progress toward greater health care equity, HIV rates remain a serious issue for too many people and too many communities,” says Sita Symonette, Board Chair of PPCW. “Rates of new HIV cases, along with barriers to treatment and healthcare access, continue to greatly affect already-marginalized communities. At Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette we are committed to providing all people, especially those already facing barriers to accessing quality health care, with comprehensive and cutting-edge HIV prevention resources. ”

PPCW provides high-quality, compassionate care at seven health centers across Oregon and Southwest Washington, including 15,176 HIV tests each year. Planned Parenthood health centers are uniquely positioned to deliver HIV prevention services and education to disproportionately affected communities, including black women, Latinas, transgender people, young people of all backgrounds and men who have sex with men, especially men of color.

While awareness of the importance of antiretroviral medication has increased among men who have sex with men (MSM), MSM of color and women at risk for HIV still face several challenges in getting the services and information they need. Structural and cultural barriers such as poverty, HIV stigma and a relative lack of access to healthcare professionals trained to offer comprehensive HIV prevention all contribute to their increased risk of HIV.

“Training more medical providers to provide PrEP education, with a particular focus on prevention in underserved communities, is a job for which Planned Parenthood is uniquely suited,” Udall said. “For 55 years, we’ve worked tirelessly to ensure that all people — no matter who they are or where they live — can access accurate, nonjudgmental health care and education so they can keep themselves and their families healthy.”

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Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette Purchases Property for East Portland Health Center - 05/24/18

Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette (PPCW) has purchased property that will be transformed into a new, state-of-the-art health center in East Portland.

The Elsie H. Hillman East Portland Health Center will be located at 14601 S.E. Division St., which was previously occupied by Duke’s Country Bar and Grill. It will eventually replace PPCW’s Southeast Portland Health Center located at 3231 S.E. 50th Ave. Construction is slated to begin this summer, with the goal of being completed by the fall of 2019.

PPCW announced last November that the Henry L. Hillman Jr., Juliet Ashby Hillman and Summer Lea Hillman Foundations have generously committed $1 million to create a safe and welcoming place for people to receive affordable, high-quality and respectful sexual and reproductive health care and education.

“It took time and careful consideration to find the right location, but we’re confident this site is perfectly situated to be an anchor in East Portland,” says Sita Symonette, PPCW Board Chair. “The new location is further east than our Southeast Health Center to better serve the needs of the growing Portland metropolitan area. This new location will allow us to expand new programs and services we are already piloting, such as telehealth, to better reach patients in rural communities. We will also strengthen relationships with our community partners, to reach people with limited access to sexual and reproductive health care and education.”

PPCW Interim President & CEO Anne Udall adds: “Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette is committed to providing patients with high-quality, confidential and nonjudgmental care. We’re incredibly grateful to the compassionate and courageous supporters who strive to ensure that patients have access to the reproductive health care they need.”

The center will be named after Elsie Hilliard Hillman, mother and grandmother, respectively, of Portland philanthropists Henry Hillman Jr. and his daughters, Juliet and Summer. “Elsie,” as she was known to everyone, was a beloved political and civic leader in Pittsburgh who passed away in 2015. She dedicated her life to promoting gender equity in politics and to investing in causes that help women, LGBT people and racial minorities. Henry’s brother and sister are also generously supporting this project through their foundations, Audrey Hillman Fisher Foundation, Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation and William T. Hillman Foundation.

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Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette (PPCW) is the largest nonprofit provider of sexual and reproductive health care and youth education programs in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Since 1963, PPCW has successfully carried out its mission of providing, promoting and protecting access to quality reproductive and sexual health care. Each year, more than 55,000 women, men and teens visit one of PPCW's health centers. PPCW provides a wide range of education programs and healthcare services, including lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control, prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, emergency contraception, gynecological check-ups and Pap tests, breast exams, pregnancy testing and options information, and health counseling. For more information visit PPCW.org.