National Women's Health Week 2013


Aila Gilbride-Read, Director of Patient Services


Published: 05.10.13| Updated: 05.24.13

Six Rivers Planned Parenthood Encourages Women to Get Checkups
In Recognition of National Women’s Health Week

Eureka — As part of National Women’s Health Week (May 12-18), Six Rivers Planned Parenthood (SRPP) is urging women in Humboldt County to schedule preventive checkups, including breast cancer screenings, and, if recommended, a Pap test to help protect their health.

In an effort to promote early detection and help women remain healthy, Planned Parenthood released a new video this week to explain what to expect at a well-woman exam and address any concerns women may have that keep them from getting the preventive care they need. To watch go to:

“At Six Rivers Planned Parenthood we know firsthand the importance of regular checkups in protecting women’s health and preventing serious health issues,” said Aila Gilbride-Read, Director of Patient Services. Regular exams and health screenings can rule out or detect life-threatening diseases such as breast and cervical cancers and STDs, including HIV.

“But some women may be nervous about personal questions and the exams themselves,” she said. “The video explains that it’s perfectly ok to be nervous and that at Six Rivers Planned Parenthood we understand women. We also keep your information completely confidential. Well-woman exams are how we work together to keep you healthy.” 

Six Rivers Planned Parenthood’s health center and Medical Outreach team serving Humboldt, Del Norte, and Trinity counties offer a wide range of preventive health services, including lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control, diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, breast health services, the HPV vaccine, and sexual health information and education. Last year alone, SRPP provided 14,398 sexually transmitted disease tests, 1,900 cervical cancer screenings, and 2,300 annual exams, including breast cancer screening.

Appointments are generally available within three days.  Six Rivers Planned Parenthood accepts all types of health insurance and can help uninsured and low income patients access available funding for services. People can call Six Rivers Planned Parenthood at 442-5700 to schedule their well women’s exam today!

Under the Affordable Care Act, women’s preventive health will be covered without co-pays. Already, some women who have insurance are receiving birth control without co-pays and more will receive the benefit as it kicks in across more health plans. In addition, currently uninsured women will be able to begin enrolling in health coverage plans starting October 1. For more information on the Affordable Care Act benefits and eligibility for coverage, go to

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