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The History of Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho

1966 A steering committee was formed in Yakima County after the need for family planning services was the topic of discussion in a packed meeting of the Yakima-Kittitas unit of the Washington Association for Social Issues.
1967 A group of progressive citizens organized Planned Parenthood Association of Spokane (PPAS).  Planned Parenthood Association of Yakima County (PPAYC) opened for patient services.
1968 PPAS began to provide regular family planning clinics at the Spokane County Health District.
1969 PPAYC opened a clinic in Sunnyside in the Office of County Health.  PPAS disbanded, but not before receiving notice of being granted an OEO (Office of Educational Opportunity) grant to provide family planning and outreach.
1970 Voters in Washington State passed Referendum 20, legalizing abortion in the first trimester. The Walla Walla Family Planning Clinic was opened by Dr. Fry who had trained at the Margaret Sanger Clinic. PPAS regrouped as Spokane Family Planning Association (SFPA), with representatives from diverse civic and religious groups including Gonzaga, Catholic Charities, Lutheran Family and Child Services, and the Spokane Council of Churches.  The all-volunteer group, run by Marge Corkery,  operated a comprehensive family planning counseling and referral service in the Paulsen Building.
1971 Lyn Reynolds was selected as the first PPAYC Executive Director. SFPA began to provide direct clinical care and is accepted as an affiliate of PPFA as Planned Parenthood of Spokane.  A Speakers Bureau was created, largely the result of the efforts of Father Christoph (a Jesuit priest at Gonzaga), to provide family planning information and education to the Spokane community.
1972 The Open Door Clinic opened in Kennewick.  The first family planning services in the Tri-Cities were offered in two small clinics run by the Health Department and by the Benton/Franklin Community Action committee.  PPS selected Lois Packer as Executive Director.
1974 Ginger Vetrano was selected as the Director of the Open Door Clinic in Kennewick.
1975 Gwen Chaplin was selected as the new Executive Director for PPAYC.  PPS started to provide full-time clinic services.
1976 Open Door Clinic in Kennewick affiliated with Planned Parenthood Federation of America to become Planned Parenthood of Benton-Franklin Counties (PPBFC).
1977 PPS  selected Beverly Lingle as its new Executive Director.
1980 PPBFC opened a clinic in Richland.
1983 PPS selected Nancy Stone as its new Executive Director.  Gwen Chaplin was awarded the Ruth Green Award by PPFA.  The award recognized her leadership in working with boards, in planning, public policy, and fund development as well as her activities for Planned Parenthood beyond the local affiliate.
1985 PPS opens a clinic in Spokane Valley.
1986 PPS opened a clinic in Pullman and changed its name to Planned Parenthood of Spokane and Whitman Counties (PPSWC).
1988 Spokane Public Schools granted PPSWC a permanent community agency on the Human Growth and Development Citizens Advisory Committee.
1989 A merger between PPAYC and PPBFC formed Planned Parenthood of Central Washington (PPCW).  PPCW opened a clinic in Pasco.
1990 PPSWC began providing abortion services.  PPCW opened a clinic in Ellensburg and the Richland clinic closed.
1991 The Tri-Cities clinic opened at its present-day location in Kennewick, and PPCW began providing abortion services. The Pasco clinic closed.  Washington State voters approve Initiative Measure 120 which codified the terms of Roe v Wade into Washington State law.
1993 Planned Parenthood of Walla Walla merged with Planned Parenthood of Central Washington.  PPSWC consolidated administrative, education, and family planning services at the present day location on Indiana Avenue.
1994 Nancy Stone retired as PPSWC's Executive Director.  Dr. Sandra Meicher was selected as the new Executive Director.  The State of Washington accepted funding to hire family planning nurses at each Community Service Office.  Planned Parenthood provided the RNs at CSOs across our service region.
1995 PPSWC added the counties of Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Lincoln, Garfield, and Asotin to its service area.
1996 The Spokane Valley clinic on Pines was bombed as a diversionary tactic when the Phineas Priesthood also attempted a bank robbery.  The clinic was closed and there were no injuries.  The building had extensive damage.  Dr. Sandra Meicher resigned as PPSWC Executive Director and Susan Edgar (then the ED at Mount Baker Planned Parenthood) is hired as Interim Executive Director.
1997 Three suspects in the Spokane Valley clinic bombing were convicted and sentenced to life in prison; a fourth suspect was sentenced to 55 years in prison.  John Nugent was selected as the new Executive Director of PPSWC.  The first act of violence in PPCW's history occurred when a small fire was set outside the administrative entrance to the Yakima Clinic.
1999 PPSWC changed its name to Planned Parenthood of the Inland Northwest (PPINW).
2000 PPINW was granted the 9 North Idaho counties.  PPCW began a capital campaign to raise $210,000 to build a new Walla Walla Health Center.
2001 The new Walla Walla clinic opened and is named in honor of Ruth Baker Kimball.  Washington State receives federal funding for a family planning waiver to Medicaid called Take Charge.  Take Charge allows men and women at or below 200% of the federal poverty level to access free family planning services.  John Nugent resigned as Executive Director of PPINW.  CJ Gribble, the PPINW Clinical Services Director, was selected as the new CEO.
2003 PPCW began raising $830,000 to build a larger Yakima Health Center and Administrative Headquarters.
2005 PPCW opened its new Yakima location and it is named in honor of Ileen Simonson Shields.  Gwen Chaplin retired after 30 years as President & CEO of PPCW.  Anna Franks is selected as the new President & CEO of PPCW.
2008 CJ Gribble resigned as CEO of PPINW.  PPCW and PPINW entered into a management contract.  Anna Franks was selected as the President & CEO.
2009 PPCW's new Sunnyside Clinic is built on Covey Lane.
2010 PPCW and PPINW officially merge to from Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho (PPGWNI).  PPGWNI currently has 9 clinics, 11 nurses in Community Service Outreach offices, and is building a new clinic in Pasco. 


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