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Writing a research paper about Planned Parenthood? Here is some basic information about Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest to help you get started.

1. What is Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest's mission?

The mission of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest (PPPSW) is to ensure broad public access to reproductive health care through direct service, education, and advocacy.


2.  What services are provided by PPPSW?

PPPSW offers a wide range of reproductive health services in our 19 clinics located throughout San Diego and Riverside Counties. We also offer education and training services to the community.

PPPSW offers the following medical services at low or no cost depending on whether a person qualifies for State funding:

  • Birth Control Methods 
  • Emergency Contraception (Plan B)
  • Pregnancy Testing and Options Counseling
  • Adoption and prenatal care referrals.
  • Medication and Surgical Abortions
  • PAP/GYN Services, including Breast Exams
  • HIV/AIDS Testing and Counseling
  • Male and Female Sterilization
  • HPV (Gardasil) and Hepatitis B Vaccination
  • STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections) Testing and Treatment 
  • Menopausal Services
  • Colposcopy, Cryotherapy, and LEEP Services
  • Testicular Cancer Exams

In addition to the high-quality medical care that PPPSW offers, the education and training programs provide sexuality and reproductive health education programs to the community. 

PPPSW offers the following education programs: 


3.  Is there a fee for PPPSW’s services?

The medical services provided by PPPSW are based on a sliding fee scale according to the client’s income.  Most clients receive their medical services at a lower cost or may also qualify to receive funding through the state of California’s Family PACT program. 

PPPSW’s education and training services are provided at reduced rates depending on location, type of service and funding sources. 


4.  What population is served?

PPPSW offers all of their services to all members of the community, including men. Annually, PPPSW serves approximately 250,000 clients for medical care and an additional 30,000 people through the education and training programs.


5.  How is PPPSW funded?

PPPSW is funded through a variety of sources including the following:

  • Government Contracts
  • Private Contributions
  • Insurance Reimbursements
  • Patient Fees
  • Other Income
  • Investments


6.  Does PPPSW offer services to minors? If so, what are the regulations?

Yes. Under California law, minors can access reproductive health care, obtain birth control, and receive abortion services without parental notification or consent with the exception of testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections. Minors must be at least 12-years old to consent to and obtain sexually transmitted infections testing and treatment without parental notification.
 

7.  Does PPPSW have a target age range, and if so what is it?

Even though our services are available to all community members, most of our clients are women ages 18-29 who lack access to care.  PPPSW education programs typically serve youth ages 12-18.


8. Does PPPSW use volunteers?

PPPSW relies on volunteers throughout the agency. Community volunteers comprise PPPSW’s Board of Directors, assist in the clinic and provide hours of service to ensure that the communities we serve are informed and educated about their reproductive health. Each year, approximately 250 volunteers provide approximately 1,000 hours of service to PPSDRC and the community. 


9.  What is the most frequent service you provide? 

80% of the services provided by PPPSW are birth control services.  


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