Planned Parenthood

Arizona

The Yuma Community

We are here to provide you with our nonjudgmental expertise. Care. No Matter What.

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In Yuma, we have moved beyond the walls of a traditional health center to bring Planned Parenthood's sexual health expertise and nonjudgmental values to the community. As the largest nonprofit reproductive health care provider in Arizona, we have 80 years of experience providing accurate, appropriate information about health, advocacy, and sexuality education. Partnering with other health organizations in the Yuma area, our Regional Health Coordinator is here as a reliable resource for:

- Information related to birth control methods, sexually transmitted infections and healthy relationships (whether it is one-on-one information sharing or a presentation to a group)
- Referrals for reproductive health care within Yuma County and beyond
- Fostering community partnerships by tabling or presenting at community events or health fairs
- Working with volunteers and activists in the community who support the right for families and individuals to make their health care decisions without political interference
- Supporting parents in their role as the primary sexuality educator of their children. Our parent workshops underscore the belief that sexuality is a natural and healthy part of being human and that children learn about sexuality through their lives.

To reach out to Regional Health Coordinator Flor Castanon, feel free to email her at fcastanon@ppaz.org.

Visit this page frequently for upcoming events in the community. Here are some events for your calendar:

August 19 & October 8 -- Parent Workshops, 6 - 8:30 p.m. Held at the Main Library, 2951 S. 21st Drive. Our sexuality education experts are here to help parents, and teens, get beyond the awkwardness and start the conversation around sexual health and healthy relationships. 

 

Here are some statistics we wanted to share with you on why community members and partner organizations in Yuma want Planned Parenthood Arizona's expertise:

·        Yuma County is in the top seven Arizona counties with the highest teen birth rates, and far exceeds the Arizona rate of 21.2 and U.S. rate of 17.9.

·        Yuma County is in the top four of Arizona counties with the highest early-teen (ages 10-14) birth rate.

·        Teens make up more than 20% of all births paid for by AHCCCS in Yuma County, exceeding the state rate of 18%.

·        According to the Arizona Department of Health Services report, Sexually Transmitted Disease Among Arizona Youth 2011,“STD rates among Arizona youth continue to rise.” “They are approximately five times higher than the overall Arizona rates.”

·        In Yuma County, there were 930 cases of Chlamydia reported, 257 of these were to youth ages 10-19; there were 79 cases of Gonorrhea reported, 32 of these were to youth ages 10-19. The report goes further to “recommend continued vigilance among providers, clinics, schools, and community/government agencies serving young adult populations as it relates to STD testing and comprehensive sex education. We hope this information can be used to further efforts to increase awareness of this important health issue facing Arizona youth.”

The youth in Yuma County deserve better, they deserve sexuality education. Sexuality education works…

For families.
·       The following items are from Albert, B. (2010) With One Voice: America’s Adults and Teens Sound Off About Teen Pregnancy. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

·         Teens continue to say that parents (46%) most influence their decisions about sex.

·          Eight in 10 teens (80%) say that it would be much easier for teens to delay sexual activity and avoid teen pregnancy if they were able to have more open, honest conversations about these topics with their parents.

·         Six in 10 teens (63%) wish they were able to talk more openly about relationships with their parents.

For youth.
·         A recent examination of the National Survey of Family Growth to determine the impact of sexuality education on sexual risk-taking for young people, ages 15-19, revealed that teens who received comprehensive sexuality education were 50% less likely to report a pregnancy than those who received abstinence-only education. (Kohler, et al. Abstinence-only and Comprehensive Sex Education and the Initiation of Sexual Activity and Teen Pregnancy.  Journal of Adolescent Health, 42 (4): 344-351)

·        The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognize that “health-risk behaviors such as early sexual initiation, violence, and physical inactivity are consistently linked to poor grades and test scores and lower educational attainment”, and that “school health programs can have positive effects on educational outcomes, as well as health-risk behaviors and health outcomes.” (CDC (2010) http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/health_and_academics/index.)

·        Evaluations of comprehensive sex education programs show that these programs can help youth delay the onset of sexual activity reduce the number of sexual partners, and increase condom and contraceptive use. (Advocates for Youth  August 2010 Comprehensive Sex Education and Academic Success-Effective Programs Foster Student Achievement)

Our Yuma Work in the News
Planned Parenthood Adapts to Change, Yuma Sun, April 18, 2014

Planned Parenthood Introduces New Regional Health Coordinator, KYMA, April 18,2014

Letter to the Editor: Planned Parenthood's Focus is Knowledge, Yuma Sun, April 12, 2014

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