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Local Groups Sponsors Services at Planned Parenthood for Women in Need

Published: 03.17.09| Updated: 03.17.09

PETOSKEY, MICHIGAN — As families face uncertain economic times, more people are being forced to compromise basic health care for other necessities. Because reproductive and sexual care is crucial to the overall health and well being of individuals and their families, two Petoskey-area nonprofit organizations are working to help eliminate financial and other barriers to accessing these services.

Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan (PPWNM) has teamed up with the Hestia Women’s Giving Circle to offer financial assistance to dozens of women in Emmet and Charlevoix Counties who qualify. From now until May 31, 2009, women who are in need of reproductive health services can contact PPWNM in Petoskey to request a free initial consultation, courtesy of Hestia. At the consultation, a PPWNM reproductive health expert will work with the potential client to ascertain her needs and help her apply for funding assistance if she is eligible.

Women may qualify for assistance from Hestia, or government-funded family planning programs. Women of all ages can qualify for the Hestia program and may be eligible to receive a variety of services for up to one year at no cost, including:
• Annual Exam
• Birth Control Supplies
• Cancer Screenings
• Testing and Treatment for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

“This grant from Hestia is enabling the health care professionals at Planned Parenthood to provide services to clients who do not qualify for other types of aid but are in dire need of help,” said Hestia Women’s Giving Circle Chair Denise Simon,"The Giving Circle is proud to support this important work.”

The award from Hestia allows PPWNM to offer STI testing and treatment to 75 new clients, and an annual exam and one year of birth control supplies to an additional 30 new clients.

”So many women have lost their jobs and health insurance and are afraid to accumulate any more debt. The generous support from Hestia allows women to be take charge of their reproductive health without worrying about the cost,” said PPWNM Petoskey Center  Manager and Nurse Practitioner Shelley Paulsen.

Women who live in Emmet and Charlevoix Counties should call Planned Parenthood in Petoskey at 231.347.9692 before May 31, 2009 to request their free consultation.

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Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan provides reproductive health care and education services, while advocating for reproductive choice, with locations in seven Michigan cities. Learn more at www.ppwnm.org.

The Hestia Women’s Giving Circle promotes the economic self-sufficiency and well-being of women and girls in Emmet and Charlevoix Counties, and has provided a grant to Planned Parenthood for this offer.

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