Health News and Updates

NEWS December 3, 2013 -- 


Planned Parenthood Arizona is improving the way it delivers its mission in the Yavapai and Yuma communities. The organization is introducing a regional health education and health care coordination model, which includes the hiring of a full-time regional health coordinator in each community.

“For more than three decades we have carried out our work through traditional health centers in these two communities,” says Bryan Howard, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Arizona. “We have a new vision for a more effective way to touch more lives, be more visible and be more engaged in rural communities.”

Planned Parenthood has always been a pioneer in delivering sexual health care and information. When we first began to provide health care in rural communities, like Prescott and Yuma, we were here because access to reproductive health care was scarce. Today, with the health care market evolving and with community health centers growing, Planned Parenthood is pioneering a new role to focus on advocacy and education in rural communities.

The organization will continue to have a presence in the community, bringing its expertise in sexual health through the regional health coordinator. The full-time staff person will increase our hours in the community and expand the range of community members who will benefit from our work because we will be providing information and referrals to difficult-to-access sexual health care, fostering community partnerships, engaging volunteers and activists, providing presentations, and working to promote inclusion of sexuality education in local school districts.

“At a time when so many organizations are working to reduce reproductive health information and access, Planned Parenthood Arizona is instead going the distance with this community engagement effort so that access to information and care can grow,” says Howard.

Read the story that ran in the Yuma Sun this morning.

As we pursue a new role in the community, the Yavapai Health Center will continue to provide care until December 18.  We are communicating changes to patients and we are working to make the transition as smooth as possible. We encourage patients to get any remaining pill refills or schedule their annual exams before December 18.

The Yuma Health Center has discontinued providing care. We are communicating changes to patients and working to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Patients from both health centers can call toll-free 855.207.PLAN (7526) for more information.

Here is a link to our rural referral directory.

Do you live in one of these communities and want to be involved in delivering this new vision? We are looking for passionate people to volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering, visit to fill out an application.

We’re Looking for Regional Health Coordinators

Planned Parenthood Arizona, a progressive health care organization, currently has openings for a full-time Regional Health Coordinator in Yavapai and Yuma Counties. Planned Parenthood Arizona offers valuable services to Arizona families by providing everything from affordable birth control and cancer screenings to comprehensive teen education and women’s advocacy programs. We operate Health Centers throughout Arizona.

Starting salary range for this position is $35,221 to $44,026 DOE with excellent benefits.


Associate’s degree (A.A.) and three years of related work experience, preferably in a non-profit setting or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience with community engagement and/or education preferred.

Expert proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Ability to maintain organizational files and daily projects in a systematic manner. Ability to prioritize daily, weekly and monthly projects and to meet deadlines.

In-State travel of up to 25% may be required.


Under the general supervision and direction of the Vice President of External Affairs, the Regional Health Coordinator is responsible for coordinating access to PPAZ’s mission and services in his/her assigned region. The Coordinator expands access to comprehensive and accurate sexual health information, facilitates access to hard-to-find sexual and reproductive health services and identifies, engages and mobilizes community activists and financial supporters who want to move Planned Parenthood’s vision forward.

Under the guidance of the Director of Education, identifies target school districts and works with school leadership to move toward adoption of a comprehensive sexual health curriculum policy in these districts to advance the Sexual Health and Responsible Education (SHARE) initiative.

Through standing “office hours” and at public events, provides appropriate referrals to either local health care providers or to PPAZ’s health care facilities for community members who have questions about, or are seeking reproductive health care.

In collaboration with the Community Engagement Coordinator, recruits and develops a cadre of community activists that can be deployed to advance PPAZ’s mission and goals. Ensures these activists stay informed about PPAZ’s activities and achievements, as well as keeping them connected to the organization and to each other.

Under the guidance of the Director of Public Policy, implements the agency’s public policy goals and grassroots organizing efforts in the assigned region.

Collaborates with Communications & Marketing to develop and implement community engagement campaigns and events to reach targeted communities.

Planned Parenthood offers a comprehensive benefits package and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please e-mail your resume to No phone calls or faxes, please.


NEWS November 14, 2013 -- Planned Parenthood Arizona has recently been made aware of a recall of Next Choice One Dose Emergency Contraception.

Due to the nature of this recall, if you purchased Next Choice with the following lots numbers and expiration date:  580974AA and 580975AA, both with the expiration date September 2014, please return to the health center where you purchased it and we will replace it.

The pharmaceutical company that makes Next Choice One Dose is doing this voluntary recall due to multiple complaints of the tablets breaking when they are pushed out of the packaging.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. In Phoenix, please call, 602. 277.PLAN (7526). In Tucson, patients can call, 520.408.PLAN (7526). And, from anywhere else in Arizona, please call, toll-free 855.207.PLAN (7526).


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