Amy Claussen, VP of Education & Professional Training
1-866-904-7721 x8207

Published: 01.25.11| Updated: 05.16.11


YAKIMAPlanned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho (PPGWNI) is pleased to announce it is the recipient of a $12,000 grant to support the Promotores de Salud (Promoters of Health) program. The grant will fund “Mi Quince, Mi Cuerpo” (My 15th Birthday, My Body), a two-pronged program aimed at increasing parent-child communication skills for Latino families in Yakima to prevent teen pregnancy.


The funding will allow PPGWNI to reach 50 Spanish-speaking families in Yakima. Workshop participants will learn skills to support open and honest communication regarding teen pregnancy prevention. Participants will learn how to talk about sexual decision-making in a way that supports their personal values. They will also gain increased awareness of contraceptive methods, including abstinence.


“This is great news for families in Yakima,” said Anna Franks, President and CEO of PPGWNI. “Research has shown that when parents talk to their teens about sex, teens listen. While parents play an important role in sex education, many need resources and support, which Planned Parenthood offers.”


In early 2009, PPGWNI received a grant from the Yakima Valley Community Foundation to establish the Promotores de Salud program. Promotores de Salud or “promoters of health” are peer health educators who are trained to be ambassadors of reproductive health within their communities. Promotores have a natural ability to deliver information concerning reproductive health issues in a culturally-sensitive manner.


For more information, please contact Amy Claussen at 1-866-904-7721 x8207.


PPGWNI is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization with health centers located in Ellensburg, Kennewick, Pasco, Pullman, Spokane (2 locations), Spokane Valley, Sunnyside, Walla Walla, and Yakima  as well as an express health centers in Wapato. PPGWNI exists to provide exceptional reproductive and complementary health care services, honest education, and fearless advocacy for all. Call 1-866-904-7721 or visit for more information.

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