News from Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan A weblog featuring news from the Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan 2011 For Parents Only (Muskegon)! PPWNM to Host Talk Early Talk Often Workshop http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/files/WestandNorthernMichigan/TETO_flyer_Muskegon_5-22-14.pdf Parents of teens and 'tweens in the Muskegon area, please join us for the nationally recognized Talk Early Talk Often workshop on May 22, 5:00-7:30 p.m. at Muskegon Middle School. Talk Early Talk Often gives parents the skills to better communicate, listen, and respond when it comes to the topics of sexuality and abstinence. Dinner will be served, and THE FIRST 10 PARENTS TO REGISTER AND ATTEND WILL RECEIVE $25 GIFT CARDS! Register by calling 231.215.3117 or emailing havrillam@ppwnm.org. Click title of this post or link provided for full details, and feel free to share. For Parents Only (Grand Rapids)! PPWNM to Host Talk Early Talk Often Workshop http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/files/WestandNorthernMichigan/TETO_flyer_GR_4-24-14.pdf Parents of teens and 'tweens in the Grand Rapids area, please join us for the nationally recognized Talk Early Talk Often workshop on April 24, 5:15-7:30 p.m. at MLK Leadership Academy in Grand Rapids. Talk Early Talk Often gives parents the skills to better communicate, listen, and respond when it comes to the topics of sexuality and abstinence. Dinner will be served, and THE FIRST 10 PARENTS TO REGISTER AND ATTEND WILL RECEIVE $25 GIFT CARDS! Register by calling 616.774.7005 or emailing education@ppwnm.org. Click title of this post or link provided for full details, and feel free to share. PPWNM's Standing Tall Capital Campaign Shatters Goal http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/newsroom/local-press-releases/standing-tall-concludes-42828.htm We are proud to announce the successful conclusion of our nearly three-year Standing Tall capital campaign, with more than $4 million raised for special needs. Click title of this post or link provided for full news release announcing all the details. Thank you to our very generous donors for making this announcement possible! For Teens Only (Muskegon)! Come to a Party. Eat Pizza. Win Prizes. Learn Stuff, Too. http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/files/WestandNorthernMichigan/Muskegon_GYT_Invite_2014.pdf Teens in the Muskegon area, you are invited to join us for a party on Thursday, April 24, 3:00-5:30 p.m. at Muskegon High School in Muskegon. What's the occasion? It's GYT (Get Yourself Tested) Month! Come eat pizza, win prizes, and learn about sexually transmitted infections and how to keep yourself healthy and protected. THE FIRST 10 TEENS TO REGISTER AND ATTEND WILL RECEIVE $25 GIFT CARDS! This event is put on by teens, for teens. Come get the 411 from your peers! Register by calling 231.215.3117 or emailing havrillam@ppwnm.org. Click title of this post or link provided for full details, and feel free to share. For Teens Only (Grand Rapids)! Come to a Party. Eat Pizza. Win Prizes. Learn Stuff, Too. http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/files/WestandNorthernMichigan/GYT_Invite_2014.pdf Teens in the Grand Rapids area, you are invited to join us for a party on Monday, April 21, 5:15-7:30 p.m. at City High School in Grand Rapids. What's the occasion? It's GYT (Get Yourself Tested) Month! Come eat pizza, win prizes, and learn about sexually transmitted infections and how to keep yourself healthy and protected. THE FIRST 10 TEENS TO REGISTER AND ATTEND WILL RECEIVE $25 GIFT CARDS! This event is put on by teens, for teens. Come get the 411 from your peers! Register by calling 616.774.7005 or emailing education@ppwnm.org. Click title of this post or link provided for full details, and feel free to share. Public Affairs Pulse, April Edition http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/files/WestandNorthernMichigan/4-14_Pulse.pdf Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace has ended for 2014, and the enrollment period for Michigan's Medicaid expansion - called the Healthy Michigan Plan - is just getting underway. Get all the latest information in the April edition of PPWNM's Public Affairs Pulse. Click title of this post or link provided. Michigan Rolls Out Medicaid Expansion: Healthy Michigan Plan http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/healthy-michigan-plan-37337.htm The state of Michigan is now enrolling people in its new expanded Medicaid health insurance program called the Healthy Michigan Plan. This plan will cover your birth control and services at PPWNM, and much more! For more info about the Healthy Michigan Plan click title of this post or link provided. NOTE: If you are currently covered under the state's Plan First! health plan, that coverage will end on June 30, 2014. You will need to fill out an application to see if you qualify for the Healthy Michigan Plan or any other assistance programs. If you do not qualify, and do not have any other health insurance, you may still qualify for some type of funding assistance for your care at PPWNM. We can help you apply! Just contact one of our PPWNM health centers. You must claim any and all income you receive and show proof of income to apply. Public Affairs Pulse http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/files/WestandNorthernMichigan/3-14_Pulse.pdf Check out our March newsletter for the latest on Michigan's new expanded Medicaid program called Healthy Michigan, and who will be eligible for coverage. Click title of this post or link provided. What is the Best Emergency Contraceptive for You? http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/emergency-contraception-morning-after-pill-4363.asp PPWNM is now offering two types of oral Emergency Contraception (EC) pills: Next Choice and ella. Next Choice is available over-the-counter to women age 17 and older, or by prescription for women age 16 and younger. Next Choice is recommended for women who have had unprotected sex within the last three days, and who have a BMI (body mass index) of less than 30. ella is available by prescription only. ella has different ingredients than Next Choice and is recommended as a better option for women if they had unprotected sex three-five days ago, and have BMIs of 30-35. PPWNM can prescribe EC and fill those prescriptions at our health centers. The cost for either Next Choice or ella is $40. To learn more about which EC is best for you, click title of this post or link provided. Traverse City: Need Health Insurance? Get Help Getting Covered http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/whats-new-37922.htm Planned Parenthood will co-sponsor an enrollment event to help you sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. The event is Saturday, February 22, 1-5 p.m. at the Grand Traverse Civic Center. There will be an informational presentation at 1 p.m., with sign-up assistance to follow. Reserve your spot by email: healthcaresignupTC@gmail.com. Teens/Tweens and Families: You're Invited to Our "Show Me the Love" Party: For Teens, By Teens http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/files/WestandNorthernMichigan/Show_me_the_Love__Invite_2-14.pdf PPWNM Peer Leaders will hold the party in recognition of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month at Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, February 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m. There will be food, prizes, and lots of useful info presented by teens, for teens! MUST RSVP, space is limited: 616.774.7005 or education@ppwnm.org. Click title of this post or link provided to view invite. Get Informed with the Public Affairs Pulse http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/files/WestandNorthernMichigan/2-14_Pulse.pdf Check out our February newsletter for the latest on a challenge to the buffer zone law, a newly proposed abortion restriction at the federal level, and a celebration of choice in Grand Rapids. Click title of this post or link provided for the Public Affairs Pulse. You're Invited: Affordable Care Act Webinars http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/whats-new-37922.htm There is still time to sign up for "Obamacare" health insurance, and have your benefits begin this year. Planned Parenthood is hosting webinars for people interested in learning about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and signing up for coverage through the health insurance Marketplace. Dates are: February 5, February 19, March 5, March 19. Webinars are on Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m. Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/1498057460093931777. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Consumers can be intimidated by the process of enrollment, and are looking for information and guidance from trusted providers and community organizations. Planned Parenthood is in a unique position to engage the communities we serve around the implementation of the ACA. Learn more at http://www.plannedparenthoodhealthinsurancefacts.org. Please SHARE this information with friends and family who may want more info about the ACA. Students Wanted for Free Puberty Classes in Grand Rapids http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/ PPWNM is offering free puberty programs for 10-12 year olds in Grand Rapids! Peer Power is a 20 hour puberty education program that covers topics such as diversity, bullying, anatomy, puberty changes, hygiene, and the consequences of sexual behavior. The program also has a strong parent component and includes 5 family homework assignments and one parent/child workshop to help families establish communication around these important but sometimes uncomfortable topics. Students who successfully complete program requirements receive a $50 stipend. All 20 hour programs must be completed by May 30th in order to qualify for the free offer, so please register soon! If you know of a group of youth ages 10-12 who would be interested in participating in this fun and interactive education program, please contact our education department at education@ppwnm.org. A Year in Review, A Look Ahead http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/files/WestandNorthernMichigan/1-14_Pulse.pdf Get a round-up of reproductive rights issues and debates leading into a mid-term election year, in the January edition of PPWNM's Public Affairs Pulse. Click title of this post or link provided. Several Health Centers Closed Tuesday Due to Weather http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/health-center-locations-37334.htm The following Planned Parenthood health centers are CLOSED TUESDAY, January 7, due to extreme weather: Irwin/Martin Health Center and administrative offices in Grand Rapids, Evenson Health Center in Wyoming, Lemmen Health Center in Ionia, and Muskegon Health Center. These locations will be OPEN WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY, January 8-10. If you have an appointment Tuesday, please call the health center Wednesday to reschedule. We will also do our best to accommodate walk-ins at these locations, Wednesday-Friday. SEVERAL PPWNM LOCATIONS CLOSED TODAY http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/health-center-locations-37334.htm The following Planned Parenthood health centers are closed today, Monday, January 6, due to extreme weather: Grand Rapids - Irwin/Martin Health Center and administrative offices, Evenson in Wyoming, Lemmen in Ionia, and Muskegon. If you have an appointment, please call the health center when it reopens to reschedule. Thank you. Holiday Hours http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/whats-new-37922.htm All PPWNM offices and health centers will be closed on Tuesday, December 24, and Wednesday, December 25, for the Christmas holiday. We will also be closed on Tuesday, December 31, and Wednesday, January 1, 2014, for the New Year's holiday. PPWNM wishes all the best to you and yours this holiday season! Enough is Enough http://www.miplannedparenthood.org/enough/ MICHIGAN POLITICIANS NEED TO STOP PLAYING DOCTOR! The Right to Life initiated Abortion Insurance Ban was voted into law by the Michigan legislature on December 11, 2013. It is slated to be enacted in March 2014. The policy eliminates coverage for abortion in ALL health insurance plans with very few exceptions, unless purchased through an additional rider, making it one of the most extreme bans in the nation. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! We are working with our allies to determine our next steps, and no options are off the table. Learn how you can take action, or sign up for email alerts to be informed when we take action: Click title of this post or link provided. Petoskey Physician Takes Over as PPWNM Medical Director http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/newsroom/local-press-releases/new-medical-director-42362.htm The medical directorship at Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan (PPWNM) recently changed hands, from one old friend to another. Now a Petoskey physician with more than 40 years of experience finds himself back in a familiar role. Dr. Daniel VerBurg, MD, recently assumed the position as PPWNM medical director, overseeing the agency's eight health centers, including locations in Petoskey and Traverse City. VerBurg takes over for Dr. Charles Newton, MD, who retired after eight years of service at PPWNM. The two physicians go way back, even serving their residencies together at the University of Michigan more than 40 years ago! For the full story click title of this post or link provided. Planned Parenthood Announces First-Ever Change in Nurse Practitioners in Big Rapids http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/newsroom/local-press-releases/new-np-big-rapids-42334.htm Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan (PPWNM) announces the retirement of long-serving employee and Big Rapids Health Center Clinician Sherry Wood-Stieg. Wood-Stieg, a registered nurse and women's health care nurse practitioner, will end her 34-year career with Planned Parenthood on December 12, 2013. While PPWNM says farewell to Wood-Stieg, the agency prepares to welcome back another Planned Parenthood veteran to take her place. Sherrie Vaughn began her career with Planned Parenthood in Big Rapids back in 1980. That first stint lasted 12 years. To read the full story click title of this post or link provided. Tell Your State Lawmakers to Let the Voters Decide http://www.miplannedparenthood.org/issues/let-voters-decide/ Right to Life's initiative to essentially ban all insurance coverage for abortion in Michigan is in the hands of state lawmakers. This proposal has already been vetoed by Gov. Snyder as being too extreme. Now Right to Life is trying to force a vote of the legislature and this time the governor would have no veto power. If the legislature refuses to act, Michigan voters will get to have their say. So tell your state lawmakers to, "Let the voters decide!" For more info or to take action click title of this post or link provided. PPWNM to Hold Free HIV Testing Day in Big Rapids http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-center/centerDetails.asp?f=2916&a=90670&v=details Planned Parenthood is offering free HIV testing at its Big Rapids Health Center on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. PPWNM offers private and confidential Rapid HIV testing, which involves a simple finger poke; results are available in just 20 minutes. Appointments for Free HIV Testing Day are strongly encouraged. Walk-ins will be seen only if there is availability. The health center is located at 110 Sanborn Avenue, Big Rapids. Call (2331) 796-8612 to schedule your free HIV test today. This free testing day commemorates World AIDS Day, which is held annually on December 1. EC Drug Recall: Next Choice One Step http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/whats-new-37922.htm Watson Pharmaceuticals, maker of Next Choice One Dose emergency contraception, is voluntarily recalling some tablets due to complaints of tablet breakage when pushing the tablet through the blister packaging. THE AFFECTED LOT NUMBERS ARE: 58097AA and 580975AA. If you have any of this product, you are asked to return it to the health center or pharmacy where you obtained it so it can be replaced. Planned Parenthood Urges Congress to Block States' Abortion Restrictions http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/planned-parenthood-urges-congress-block-state-abortion-restrictions-42183.htm Planned Parenthood Federation of America is applauding legislation introduced this week that would block state restrictions on access to abortion. The bill would protect a woman's ability to make her own personal medical decisions, no matter where she lives, without interference from politicians. To read the full story, click title of this post or link provided. We've Got Apps for That http://www.plannedparenthood.org/info-for-teens/42104.htm NEW and just for TEENS: whether it's struggling with peer pressure, talking about sex with parents or partners, or even planning for the future, teens have a lot to deal with and a lot of tough decisions to make. We may be able to help! Planned Parenthood has created some fun and interesting, user-friendly, interactive tools/apps to help teens tackle these difficult issues and face their futures head-on. Check 'em out and SHARE: click title of this post or link provided. Planned Parenthood Hosts Affordable Care Act Education and Enrollment Events http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/files/WestandNorthernMichigan/11-13_Pulse.pdf Get help getting covered, or get involved with helping others get covered! Read all about it in PPWNM's November Public Affairs Pulse. Click title of this post or link provided. Former PP CEO Makes Significant Contribution to Our Future http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/newsroom/local-press-releases/former-pp-ceo-makes-large-donation-42159.htm Huge thanks to former Planned Parenthood of Northern Michigan CEO Scott Blanchard for his $50,000 donation to Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan! We are so grateful for Scott's continued support! Read full story by clicking title of this post or link provided. Check Out Our Fall Newsletter http://plannedparenthoodrx.com/pdfs/PPWNMConnectionFall2013.pdf We have lots to tell you about this fall at PPWNM! Read all about it in the fall 2013 PPWNM Connection newsletter. We are: undergoing renovations and remodeling at our headquarters and several health centers, experiencing a change in our medical leadership, and celebrating our recent accreditation, which places us among the top Planned Parenthood affiliates. Plus, get the latest from the front lines of our advocacy work, and find out how our educators and teen peer leaders spent the summer. Click title of this post or link provided to view newsletter. Get Help Getting Covered! http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/newsroom/local-press-releases/local-news-press-release-41957.htm PPWNM joins the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in launching a multimedia campaign to help inform and educate uninsured Michigan residents about the benefits and availability of new health insurance plans available for enrollment starting on October 1. The campaign includes online tools, including a new website, and information in our health centers that will help women get enrolled and make informed decisions so they can choose a new insurance plan that works best for them. Enrollment begins on Tuesday, October 1, and runs through March 31, 2014. To read more click title of this post or link provided. Get Ready to Get Health Insurance! And, Get Involved in the '40 Days for Choice' Campaign. http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/files/WestandNorthernMichigan/10-13_Pulse.pdf Read about these stories in the October edition of PPWNM's advocacy newsletter, The Public Affairs Pulse. Click title of this post or link provided. Longtime PPWNM Staffer Honored with Statewide Award http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/newsroom/local-press-releases/longtime-ppwnm-staff-member-honored-statewide-award-41907.htm Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan (PPWNM) is proud to congratulate PPWNM Director of Quality and Risk Management Janet Isabell, winner of the Michigan Reproductive Health Distinguished Service Award for 2013. The award is sponsored by the Michigan Department of Community Health and the Michigan Public Health Institute, and the recipient is recognized at the annual Michigan Family Planning Update, a statewide conference which was held this year on September 24-25 at Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa in Thompsonville. For full story click title of this post or link provided. Have You Had Your Well-Woman Exam Yet This Year? http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=PPWNM September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month. Have you had your well-woman exam lately? If you are feeling nervous about going, check out the "Wellness Exams" video on our YouTube channel to see what you can expect (click title of this post or link provided). Then, go to ppwnm.org/healthcenters to call your nearest Planned Parenthood location and schedule an appointment. Medicaid Expansion Wins Passage in Michigan. New Generation of Advocates Gets Schooled. http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/files/WestandNorthernMichigan/9-13_Pulse.pdf Read about these stories in PPWNM's monthly advocacy publication, The Public Affairs Pulse, September edition. Click title of this post or link provided. Planned Parenthood Helping Spread the Word About New Insurance Coverage http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2013/09/new_health_insurance_sign-up_c.html "Being female will no longer be considered a preexisting condition" under the new health insurance options beginning Oct.1. Read all about our effort to get people signed up in a new mLive article. Click title of this post or link provided. PPWNM Applauds Approval of Medicaid Expansion in Michigan http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/newsroom/local-press-releases/statement-regarding-medicaid-expansion-vote-michigan-41772.htm Today nearly half a million hard-working, low-income families in Michigan are one step closer to the security of quality health care coverage to receive lifesaving care when they need it. We are happy that the Michigan Senate listened to the citizens of Michigan who have been calling on the legislature to accept the federal funds to expand Medicaid coverage to nearly half a million of Michigan's working poor. (To read full statement and background on the vote, click title of this post or link provided.) Medicaid Expansion Effort Still Alive in MI, Plus Prepping for the Health Insurance Marketplace Opening Oct. 1 http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/files/WestandNorthernMichigan/8-13_Pulse.pdf Read about these stories and more in the August edition of PPWNM's monthy advocacy publication, The Public Affairs Pulse. Click the title of this post, or link provided. For back editions of the Pulse, go to www.ppwnm.org/thepulse. The Latest Chapter in the Birth Control Debate, Plus Why You Should 'Decline to Sign' http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/files/WestandNorthernMichigan/7-13_Pulse.pdf Check out the July edition of PPWNM's Public Affairs Pulse for a round-up of advocacy-related news. Click the title of this post or link provided. PPWNM Offers Free Summer Sex Education Programs for Grand Rapids Area Teens http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/teens-37339.htm Teens: looking for something different to do this summer? Planned Parenthood is offering its dynamic, interactive, and fun, comprehensive sex education programs for teens in the Grand Rapids area. The programs are being held at Fountain St. Church in downtown GR. Meet peers from all over the community while learning about relationships, communication, and sexual health and safety in a fun, relaxed and open atmosphere. The classes are taught by fully trained and experienced sexual health educators from Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan. Meals are provided and teens receive a gift card upon completion of the full program. Transportation is not provided. Choose from: Safer Choices Project for youth ages 12-19: Monday-Friday, July 15-19, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. or Peer Education for teens ages 14-18: Monday-Friday, July 22-Aug 1 (Thursday), 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. To learn more about the programs, including how to apply, click title of this post or link provided. Free HIV Testing Day on Thursday, June 27 http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/newsroom/local-press-releases/free-hiv-testing-day-2013-41431.htm You are invited to "Take the test, take control" for FREE on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at any PPWNM health center in recognition of National HIV Testing Day. You must call and schedule an appointment. Call 800-230-PLAN (7526) for the Planned Parenthood health center nearest you. Offer good only at PPWNM health centers. Click title of this post or link provided to learn more. Obama Administration to Drop Fight Over EC OTC http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/planned-parenthood-hails-obama-administration-decision-drop-emergency-contraception-appeal-41391.htm The Obama Administration has announced that the FDA will comply with a federal judge's order to make emergency contraception available over the counter for all women, with no age restrictions. "This is a historic moment for women's health and equity," said Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards. Click title of this post or link provided to read Richards' full statement. PPWNM Closings http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/health-center-locations-37334.htm All PPWNM Health Centers and Administrative Headquarters will be closed on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, for staff training. PPWNM's Marquette Health Center will be closed from May 27-May 30, and will be open on Friday, May 31 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience. Free Parent Workshop: Sex and Tech, on Thursday, May 30 http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/files/WestandNorthernMichigan/sexting_hp_flyer_5-13.pdf Kids and computers go hand in hand these days. What are your kids doing on their smart phone or tablet? The numbers are startling: 75% are on social networking sites, 50% have experienced "digitally abusive behavior," 25% have been cyberbullied and 20% have engaged in "sexting." Learn what you need to know to stay one step ahead of your kids at our free parents only workshop, Sex and Tech: Teens, Sexting and Safe Use of Technology. The workshop features a guest speaker from the Washtenaw Area Council for Children, a full dinner, and a $25 gift card for participants who register in advance. The event is Thursday, May 30 at 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at PPWNM Headquarters, 425 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids. You must register in advance. Call (616) 774-7005 or e-mail education@ppwnm.org to register. Click title of this post or link provided for more info. Grant Announcements http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/whats-new-37922.htm Thank you to our friends at the Marquette Area Zonta Club for supporting PPWNM's Project Safe and Healthy, which provides evidence-based sexuality education programming to Marquette area high school and college women. Project Safe and Healthy offers knowledge, skills, and support to help prevent unhealthy relationships, unintended pregnancy, and STIs including HIV. PPWNM is grateful to receive support for its Cervical Cancer Prevention program from the Community Endowment Fund and the Maude and Gorton Milliken Fund of the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation. Thanks to the Charlevoix County Community Foundation for a grant to PPWNM to educate young people about the struggles and realities of teen parenting. The grant funds 10 board games created by PPWNM called Ready or Not: The Teen Parenting Game, and costs associated with utlizing the game as part of PPWNM's Project Smart Choices program; a comprehensive, evidence-based sexuality education program for ages 12-17. New Logo, New Look, Renewed Promise http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/files/WestandNorthernMichigan/PPWNM_Connection_Spring_2013_web.pdf Planned Parenthood has a new look and logo. Along with this rebranding comes a renewed commitment to our clients and communities with our new tagline: "Care. No matter what." It's the cover story in PPWNM's Spring Newsletter. Plus: *Learn about our special fundraising campaign, Standing Tall, and how far we've come toward our goal; *See personal messages of thanks from our grateful clients; *Read about a PPWNM teen leader who is making a statewide impact; *Attend a fundraising event or take an action to help your friends and neighbors stay healthy. Click the title of this post or link provided for PPWNM's Spring Newsletter. Women's Health Week, May 12-18 http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/newsroom/local-press-releases/womens-health-week-41302.htm National Women's Health Week is the perfect time to schedule your well-woman exam with Planned Parenthood. Whether you have health insurance, some other form of medical coverage, or no health coverage whatsoever, Planned Parenthood is committed to caring for your health, no matter what! Learn more about what health services you should be receiving on a regular basis, and even watch an informative video about what to expect at your exam - just click the title of this post, or the link provided. President Obama Speaks to Planned Parenthood http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I04KO1GlpB0 Planned Parenthood was proud to welcome President Obama as the featured speaker at its 2013 national conference on Friday, April 26. As the first sitting president to address Planned Parenthood, Mr. Obama's overriding message was clear: "Thank you" and "I'm with you." Hear the President's complete remarks by clicking the title of this post or the link provided. Marquette Volunteer Honored with Martha Hatch Award http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/newsroom/local-press-releases/martha-hatch-award-2013-41244.htm Marquette local, Kathy Davis, will be honored at Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan's (PPWNM) 7th annual Healthy Families Luncheon to be held at the Masonic Building on Thursday, May 2, 2013, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Davis will receive the Martha Hatch award for her dedication to Planned Parenthood.. She has been a volunteer for over 15 years and is a former board member. If you would like to attend the Healthy Families Luncheon fundraiser, please RSVP by April 29 to Jim at (906) 225-6733 ext 2930 or nortonj@ppwnm.org. To read more about Kathy Davis and Martha Hatch, click the title of this post or link provided. TEENS ONLY! Earn money for eating pizza! Join Us for a GYT Sex Ed Trivia House Party. http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/files/WestandNorthernMichigan/GYT_Invite_April_2013.pdf GYT (Get Yourself Tested) Sex Ed Trivia House Party Tuesday, April 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Planned Parenthood, 425 Cherry Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI. Eat free pizza and snacks, play trivia and games to learn about sexual health, meet new people, and earn $25! Space is limited and you MUST REGISTER TO ATTEND. For full details click title of this post or link provided. PPWNM's 2012 Annual Report http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/files/WestandNorthernMichigan/PPWNM_Annual_Report_2012.pdf Our theme for 2012 is "Grounded and Growing." Look back at our successes, and see where we are headed from here! Click title of this post or link provided for report. Free Muskegon "Talk Early Talk Often" Workshop for Parents on April 16 http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/files/WestandNorthernMichigan/Muskegon_incentive_TETO_2013.pdf Talk Early Talk Often is a nationally recognized parent workshop aimed at helping parents of middle or high school students talk with their kids about abstinence and sexuality. The workshop is free and includes dinner. The first 20 people to register and complete the workshop will receive a $25 gift card. The event is Tuesday, April 16 at Muskegon Middle School from 5:30 - 8 p.m. Call (231) 215-3117 or email fergusonm@ppwnm.org. For more information click the title of this post or link provided. April is GYT (Get Yourself Tested) Month; PPWNM Offering $50 Testing, Free GYT Pizza Party for Teens http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/newsroom/local-press-releases/april-gyt-month-41162.htm The 5th annual GYT: Get Yourself Tested campaign kicks off in April (National STD Awareness Month) with initiatives across the country. GYT is a national campaign designed to promote sexual health and address the high rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among those under 25. New data from the CDC shows that STDs (also called sexually transmitted infections or STIs) are on the rise in the United States, especially among young people. This month at PPWNM health centers, get tested for chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV for just $50 for all three. Additionally, PPWNM's education program will hold a free GYT pizza party for people age 14 and up, featuring sex ed trivia and other fun activities. Ten $25 gift cards will be raffled off at the end. The GYT party is Tuesday, April 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at 425 Cherry St. SE in Grand Rapids. Registration is required. Call (616) 774-7005 or email education@ppwnm.org. To learn more about GYT click title of this post or link provided. The Fight Over Medicaid Expansion in Michigan; and the Most Extreme Abortion Ban in the Country http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/files/WestandNorthernMichigan/4-13_Pulse.pdf Read about these stories in PPWNM's Public Affairs Pulse April edition by clicking the title of this post, or the link provided. Read back editions at www.ppwnm.org/thepulse. Celebrating Affordable Care Act Anniversary: We ALL Benefit When Women Have Access to No Co-Pay Birth Control http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/newsroom/local-press-releases/ppwnm-celebrates-aca-3rd-anniversary-41111.htm PPWNM celebrates the three-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010, and is beginning to make a significant health and economic difference in the lives of women across the country who have access to birth control with no co-pays for the first time. Approximately 47 million women nationally and more than 1.5 million women in Michigan stand to benefit from the ACA, including a key provision requiring health insurers to cover many women's preventive health care services, including birth control with no co-pays. To read the full story, click the title of this post. Join us for Lunch, Help Families Stay Healthy! http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/healthy-families-events-37796.htm It's that time of year again! The dates are set for PPWNM's Healthy Families premier fundraising events in Grand Rapids, Marquette, Petoskey, and Traverse City. Make your plans today to join us! Share an afternoon or evening with hundreds of like-minded friends, enjoy a complimentary meal and engaging speakers, and learn about the work Planned Parenthood does to make families healthier, and communities stronger -- and of course, how you can help! RSVP is required to attend. Click title of this post for all of our event details. Teens and Families: Join us for a FREE Pizza Party! http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/files/WestandNorthernMichigan/Sex_and_Media_HP_invite_March_2013.pdf Join us for a free pizza party for teens and their families, Thursday, March 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the PP in GR, 425 Cherry St, SE. First 10 families to register and attend full event will receive a $25 gift card! Our topic is Sexual Messages in the Media. We'll wade through the mixed messages that teens see and hear every day. Great, teachable/talkable family moments - and free pizza and treats! Plus a raffle for prizes. Must RSVP to education@ppwnm.org or call (616) 774-7005. New Walk In Hours, Including Time That's Just for Teens http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/whats-new-37922.htm Several PPWNM health centers offer walk-in hours - you can stop in for services without an appointment. Just added at Irwin/Martin Health Center in Grand Rapids: walk-in hours FOR TEENS ONLY every Tuesday from 3-6pm. Irwin/Martin also offers walk-in hours open to all ages on Mondays from 9:00am-4pm. Click the title of this post for the full list of walk-in hours at all PPWNM health centers. Planned Parenthood Urges Partners to Protect Their Sexual Health: Local Affiliate Sponsors Valentine-Themed Awareness Campaign in February http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/newsroom/local-press-releases/february-condom-month-40939.htm With Valentine's Day on February 14, this is the season for couples, and for love! PPWNM urges sexually active individuals to talk to their partners about the importance of using condoms to protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancy. In February, PPWNM health centers are distributing free Valentine "condom pops" consisting of two condoms, a lollipop, information about safe sex, and links to more information. Just stop in and ask! PPWNM advocates will also distribute the pops at select community venues. In all, more than 6,000 condoms will be distributed as part of the campaign. And don't forget, you can ALWAYS get three (3) free condoms at any PPWNM health center when you stop in and ask! Click title of this post to learn more about correct condom use, and for links to YouTube videos on the topic, in English and Spanish. Four Health Centers Closed Friday, February 8, Due to Weather http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/ The following health centers are closed: Evenson (Wyoming), Irwin/Martin (Grand Rapids), Lemmen (Ionia), and Muskegon. We are sorry for any inconvenience. Please call your health center next week to reschedule your appointment. February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/planned-parenthood-host-twitter-town-hall-national-black-hiv-aids-awareness-day-40919.htm Feb. 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Planned Parenthood is hosting a Twitter Town Hall on Thursday, February 7 at 11:30 a.m. (EST) via the hashtag #HIVaware. Please join us! Click the title of this post for more information. PPWNM offers the Rapid HIV test, with results in 20 minutes or less. You can get tested for HIV at any PPWNM location: go to ppwnm.org/healthcenters or call 1.800.230.PLAN (7526) for the Planned Parenthood nearest you. Check out the February Public Affairs Pulse: 40th Anniversary of Roe v Wade Edition http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/files/WestandNorthernMichigan/2-13Pulse_20130206100057_450753.pdf Click the title of this post to read the Public Affairs Pulse. Read back editions at www.ppwnm.org/thepulse. 60 Days. 1 Million Voices: Let Obama Administration Know You Support No-Cost Birth Control! https://secure.ppaction.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=15463&s_src=BCComment_0113_c3_e1&autologin=true&JServSessionIdr004=cajtgipzx3.app202b On February 1, the Obama administration announced they will hold the line on making no-cost birth control available to women under the Affordable Care Act, despite a small but vocal opposition. The president is making good on his promise to the 99 percent of sexually active American women who have used birth control at some point in their life. Now, the fight starts anew. The administration has 60 days to collect public comments on the new rule. Add your name in support of the administration's decision about birth control by clicking the title of this post. PPWNM Stands with Women on the 40th Anniversary of Roe v Wade http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/newsroom/local-press-releases/roe-v-wade-40th-anniversary-40851.htm On the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan (PPWNM) stands with women across the country in reinforcing the importance of safe and legal abortion. Despite a woman's constitutional right to make her own personal medical decisions without interference from politicians, access to safe and legal abortion is still at risk, "As a leading women's health care provider and advocate in Michigan, PPWNM understands that abortion is a deeply personal and often complex decision for a woman to consider if and when she needs it," said PPWNM President/CEO Katherine Humphrey. To read the full story, click the title of this post. New Study Shows Rise in HPV-Related Cancers; Vaccination, Prevention Key http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/newsroom/local-press-releases/new-study-shows-rise-hpv-related-cancers-vaccination-screening-key-prevention-40787.htm On the heels of a new report showing a rise in HPV-related cancers, PPWNM urges young people to get vaccinated against the sexually transmitted virus known as HPV (human papillomavirus). "HPV-related cancers are preventable," said PPWNM Nurse Practitioner Shelley Paulsen. "That is what families need to take away from this study. The earlier young men and women are vaccinated against HPV, the better." The report, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, also points to Pap testing as contributing to substantial declines in cervical cancer in the United States and other developed countries over the past several decades. "Early detection through the use of Pap testing is key to preventing deaths from cervical cancer," said Paulsen. To learn more, click the title of this post. What Does Roe v Wade Mean to You? http://nowgr.org/2012/12/18/what-does-roe-v-wade-and-the-right-to-choose-mean-to-you/ January 22, 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision ensuring a woman's right to choose. PPWNM's Justice Engagement Team (JET) is compiling a book about what Roe v Wade means to individuals, 40 years later. We would love to include your submission! Deadline to submit is January 12, 2013. To get full details, click the title of this post. Gov. Snyder Makes Decisions Regarding Abortion Restrictions http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/ Gov. Snyder has signed HB 5711 and vetoed SB 1293. Both bills included new restrictions on abortion in Michigan. Click title of this post for ppwnm.org home page where you can link to the full story and a letter of explanation from Gov. Snyder. Planned Parenthood Calls on Governor to Veto Anti-Women's Health Bills http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/ State lawmakers have passed bills that are dangerous for Michigan women and families. These bills will: impose such unreasonable requirements on health care centers, that access to safe and legal abortion could effectively be banned in Michigan; prevent doctors from providing care to women in rural communities through the use of technology -- even though 21 out of Michigan's 83 counties lack even one OBGYN; and ban all private insurance coverage of abortion -- coverage that is currently considered part of the core benefits for 80 percent of insurance companies. Click the title of this post for our website home page, where you can link to PPWNM's full statement, and take action by contacting Gov. Snyder and telling him to veto the bills. The Attacks On Women's Health Must Stop! http://bit.ly/WMA3j3 It is time to keep politicians out of women's personal medical desicions! As this year's legislative session comes to a close anti-women's health lawmakers in Michigan are trying to push through dangerous, onerous and outrageous policy initiatives which include efforts to: * Regulate abortion clinics out of existence. * Limit abortion access for women in rural areas. * Prevent private insurance companies from covering any abortion services. * Give a tax credit for fetuses, but not children. * Allow providers to deny any health care service they deem objectionable. Let's stop playing politics with women's health, and start focusing on the real issues facing our state. If it is the goal of the policymakers to reduce the number of abortions in Michigan, preventing unintended pregnancies should be their top priority. Click title of this post to learn more and tell your elected officials that the attacks must stop! Ask Me Anything! Retiring Sex Educator to Hold Online Chat Thursday, Nov. 29 at Noon http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2012/11/jan_lunquist.html PPWNM Vice President of Leadership and Development Jan Lunquist is retiring at the end of 2012 after 38 years of service. mLive./Grand Rapids Press has invited Jan to participate in a live, online chat Thursday, November 28 at noon. Please join us for some enlightening online conversation! Click the title of this post for link to article about Jan and live chat. Give the Gift of Planned Parenthood at Alternative Gift Fair in Petoskey http://www.agfpetoskey.org/ PPWNM is proud once again to be part of the Alternative Gift Fair in Petoskey! The event is Saturday, December 1, 2012, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., at Petoskey United Methodist Church. Donate to Planned Parenthood in someone's honor and receive a beautiful gift card describing your gift, to give at the holidays. A way to simplify holiday shopping, support local organizations and truly celebrate the spirit of the season, the Gift Fair has become a defining event in what it means to be a part of the Petoskey community. To learn more, click the title of this post. Free HIV Testing in Big Rapids on Monday, December 3 http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-center/centerDetails.asp?f=2916&a=90670&v=details One in five people living with HIV does not know they have the virus that causes AIDS. Get tested and know your status for sure! Planned Parenthood Big Rapids Health Center is offering free HIV testing on Monday, December 3, 2012. This special offer is to mark World AIDS Day, which falls on Saturday, December 1. Get your results in just 20 minutes! Appointments are encouraged. Call (231) 796-8612. For more information about the Big Rapids Health Center, click the title of this post. Jewel in Our Crown Stepping Down: Longtime Leader in Sex Education to Retire After 38 Years! http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/newsroom/local-press-releases/longtime-leader-sex-education-retire-planned-parenthood-after-38-years-40562.htm PPWNM proudly, fondly, and reluctantly bids farewell to its Vice President of Education and Leadership Development, Janis A. Lunquist, at the end of 2012, after 38 years of dedicated service! Lunquist is widely recognized as an expert in sexuality education, even appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show; and is responsible for starting and growing the education program at Planned Parenthood in Kent County, and later, across west and northern Michigan. To read the full story, click the title of this post. Obama Reelection is "Resounding Victory for Women" http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/newsroom/local-press-releases/planned-parenthood-obama-reelection-resounding-victory-women-40547.htm President Obama's reelection is a historic victory for women's health, driven by a substantial gender gap, Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan (PPWNM) said in response to Tuesday's results. Americans voted to ensure that women will have access to affordable health care and be able to make their own medical decisions. Click the title of this post for full reaction from PPWNM. Welcome Blue Care Network and Priority Health! http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/health-center-locations-37334.htm PPWNM is now accepting Blue Care Network and Priority Health insurance. We also accept dozens of other health plans including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Aetna/Cofinity, and Medicaid. No insurance? We'll help make your care affordable for YOU! Click the title of this post to find a PPWNM health center. Shop 'Til You Drop in Traverse City to Support PPWNM! http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/files/WestandNorthernMichigan/TC_Shop_Day_FLYER_2012.pdf Love to shop? The holidays are coming, and you can support Planned Parenthood while finding those unique and interesting gifts in downtown Traverse City. Merchants will give back to their community during the one-day Shop Your Community Day promotion on Saturday, November 10, 2012. Shop at participating downtown Traverse City stores and donate 15% of your total purchase price to PPWNM! For the list of participating merchants, click the title of this post. Today is National Coming Out Day http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/whats-new-37922.htm Today, 10/11/12, is National Coming Out Day! Every year on this date we celebrate those with the courage to "come out" as LGBT or an ally. There is a new resource available for allies called Coming Out as a Straight Supporter. To learn more about Coming Out Day and this new guide, click on the title of this post. Women Under 40 Urged to Take Control of Breast Health http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/newsroom/local-press-releases/ppwnm-urges-women-under-40-take-control-breast-health-40418.htm Early detection saves lives! Women under 40 too often are not aware of their own breast health, dismiss a lump as something that doesn't need attention, or are paralyzed by fear. Waiting can change the course of a woman's life, and that's why Planned Parenthood is urging women to see their health care professional if they notice a change in their breasts. Click on the title of this post for more information. Teens: Text Questions, Get Answers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYj4TF4c42Y Did you know? Planned Parenthood offers a text hotline for teens with questions about pregnancy, birth control, emergency contraception, abortion, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Text "PPGO" to 774636 (PPINFO) to get answers to your questions from Planned Parenthood health educators. Click the title of this post to check out a YouTube video where you can learn more, including hours the text line is open (look under the video description). October is Let's Talk Month (At home, about S-E-X) http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/newsroom/politics-policy-issues/lets-talk-month-38019.htm Teens name parents as their biggest influencers when it comes to decisions about sex. Let's Talk month in October encourages family communication on the sometimes tricky topic of S-E-X. This year Planned Parenthood teamed with Family Circle magazine to spread the word, and offer sound advice - from experts and families alike. We even asked teens and parents - including some celebrity parents - about the conversations they've had in their families about sex, and shared their stories. It's all available in one place - just click the title of this post. Funding for Vasectomies Available in Muskegon County http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/newsroom/local-press-releases/vasectomy-funding-available-muskegon-county-9-12-12-40371.htm Public Health - Muskegon County's Family Planning Task Force announces the start of a free vasectomy clinic, the only one of its kind in the state. Up to nine procedures will be conducted on men with qualifying incomes in the first year - to see if you qualify call the PPWNM Muskegon Health Center at (231) 724-4415. Funding comes from the Community Foundation for Muskegon County. Local surgeon Dr. Dick Kamps is performing the vasectomies. Click on the title of this post to learn more. Fundraiser Features Passionate Speakers, Grateful Clients http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/newsroom/local-press-releases/planned-parenthood-fundraiser-features-passionate-supporters-grateful-clients-9-26-12-40372.htm Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan (PPWNM) held its annual Healthy Families Luncheon fundraiser at the Hagerty Center in Traverse City on Tuesday, September 25. Supporters packed the ballroom to hear a line-up of speakers that included PPWNM staff, donors, and clients. Click on the title of this post for the full story. Two Health Centers Renamed to Honor Lead Donors in Special Fundraising Campaign http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/newsroom/local-press-releases/ppwnm-announces-standing-tall-special-fundraising-campaign-9-20-12-40314.htm Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan (PPWNM) is publicly announcing a $3 million special fundraising campaign — Standing Tall — after securing $2.5 million in lead donations. Funds from the Standing Tall special campaign will be used specifically for: advancements in information technology, health center renovations and expansions, and growth of the endowment fund. As part of the campaign, PPWNM is announcing the renaming its Ionia Health Center to the Lemmen Health Center in honor of a leadership gift from Harvey Lemmen, originally of Ionia. PPWNM is also announcing the renaming of its Traverse City Health Center to the Karen Christensen Walker Health Center in honor of a leadership gift from Edward C. and Karen C. Walker and family, of Traverse City. Click on the title of this post for full story, including reaction from Harvey Lemmen and Karen Walker. PPWNM Newsletter - Fall 2012 http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/files/WestandNorthernMichigan/PPWNM_Connection_Fall_2012.pdf It's been a busy summer at PPWNM! As we move into fall, please see our newsletter to learn more about some interesting developments when it comes to affordable sexual health care and quality sexuality education in our community. Click the title of this link for the PPWNM Connection Fall 2012 newsletter. Healthy Families Luncheons Coming Up in Traverse City, Muskegon http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/healthy-families-events-37796.htm Healthy Families events are PPWNM's annual fundraisers held in five communities each year. Come learn more about our organization, mingle with like-minded friends, enjoy food and beverages in beautiful settings, and support a worthy cause that keeps 100% of your donation dollars right here in West and Northern Michigan. The Traverse City luncheon will be held Tuesday, September 25 and the Muskegon luncheon will be on Thursday, October 25. We would love for you to attend! Click the title of this post to learn more or RSVP. PPWNM Co-sponsors Free Health Care Seminar in Muskegon October 2 http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/health-care-seminars-39874.htm Join us for an informative, FREE seminar. This powerful presentation discusses the critical issues facing women's health, including the impact of the Affordable Care Act on women. This seminar is co-sponsored by PPWNM and Michigan Consumers for Healthcare. RSVP is required. Refreshments will be available. Click the title of this post to learn more and RSVP. Grant Award Funds Cancer Prevention http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-center/centerDetails.asp?f=3947&a=90670&v=details Thank you to the Community Foundation for Muskegon County for awarding PPWNM $10,000 to be used for cervical cancer prevention at our Muskegon Health Center, 209 E. Apple Ave., Muskegon (inside Public Health-Muskegon County). If you are in need of sexual health services in Muskegon, including a Pap test, please call our office at (231) 724-4415. PPWNM Annual Report FY2011 http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/files/WestandNorthernMichigan/PPWNM_Annual_Report_2011_FINAL.pdf Click on the title of this post to see pdf of PPWNM's Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2010-2011 (October 1, 2010-September 30, 2011). Thanks to Our Petoskey-Area Supporters! http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/newsroom/local-press-releases/petoskey-residents-support-planned-parenthood-6-25-12-39877.htm Emmet and Charlevoix area residents gathered together at Harris Gardens on the lawn of North Central Michigan College to hear impactful speakers express why supporting Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan (PPWNM) is more critical than ever. Attendance at the annual Healthy Families Benefit on June 14, 2012, doubled from last year to 200 guests and raised nearly $35,000 dollars for reproductive health care for women and men. Click on the title of this post to read more about the event and speakers. PPWNM Co-sponsors Free Health Care Seminars July 18-19 http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/health-care-seminars-39874.htm Join us for one of these informative, powerful presentations discussing the critical issues facing women's health, including the impact of the Affordable Care Act on women. Events are being held in Houghton, Marquette, Petoskey and Traverse City. They are free and open to the public - YOU MUST RSVP. Refreshments will be served. Click on the title of this post for full details. PPWNM Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Affordable Care Act Ruling http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/newsroom/local-press-releases/ppwnm-statement-supreme-court-affordable-care-act-ruling-6-28-12-39819.htm NEWS RELEASE: Thursday, June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled the Affordable Care Act (ACA) constitutional. This is a major victory for the American people and the greatest advancement for women and women's health in a generation. The decision will have a profound and concrete impact on millions of people's lives. Affordable, quality care will now be available to millions of women who had no coverage or inadequate coverage before. Today, we are closer than ever to realizing the promise of health care to all. Already, millions have benefitted from this breakthrough reform to our health care system, and millions more stand to benefit in the coming years thanks to the hard work of our nation's leaders, and the thoughtful decision of our highest court. Click on title of this post to read full news release. PPWNM Offers Free Week of HIV Testing June 25-29 http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/newsroom/local-press-releases/planned-parenthood-offers-week-free-hiv-testing-6-7-12-39593.htm NEWS RELEASE: Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan (PPWNM) will host a Free HIV Testing Week (by appointment) Monday, June 25, through Friday, June 29, at all eight of its health centers, in recognition of National HIV Testing Day on June 27, 2012. "A person living with HIV may not show any symptoms for many years. It's possible for that person to unknowingly pass the virus that causes AIDS to their partner," said PPWNM Vice President of Medical Services Bridget White. "So this free testing offer is an opportunity for people to take the test, and take control, by knowing their status for sure." Click on the title of this post to read full news release. Planned Parenthood Founder Honored at Fundraising Luncheon http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/newsroom/local-press-releases/planned-parenthood-founder-honored-fundraising-event-6-6-12-39570.htm Results are in from Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan's (PPWNM) recent fundraising luncheon in Marquette. The Healthy Families Luncheon 2012, held May 3 at the Masonic Building, brought out 117 supporters who raised nearly $14,000. The late Dr. Wallace Pearson Sr. was honored at the event for tireless devotion to Planned Parenthood. Dr. Pearson was instrumental in bringing the first Planned Parenthood health center to Marquette, and served as the first medical director, a position he voluntarily held for 20 years. Pearson died October 15, 2011, at age 80. Click on the title of this post to read more about the event. Free HIV Testing Week June 25-29 at PPWNM Health Centers http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/health-center-locations-37334.htm Wednesday, June 27, 2012 is National HIV Testing Day (NHTD). NHTD is an annual campaign coordinated by the National Association of People with AIDS to encourage people of all ages to "Take the Test, Take Control." Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan (PPWNM) health centers are participating by offering free HIV testing by appointment the week of June 25-29, 2012, during regular business hours. PPWNM operates eight health centers in a 52-county region of Michigan. Click on the title of this post for health center locations and information. Best Kept Secret: STD Testing Special Offer Now Standard Offer http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/best-kept-secrets-38488.htm Thanks to all who took part in our Best Kept Secrets campaign by reading or sharing our Best Kept Secrets, or taking advantage of our Two Special Offers. The STD testing package for $50 was so popular it is now a standard offer at PPWNM! Get tested for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV for one low price. Click on the title of this post to learn more. Psst...Pass it on! Reserve Your Spot for Grand Rapids Luncheon by April 30! http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/healthy-families-events-37796.htm PPWNM's annual Healthy Families Luncheon fundraiser in Grand Rapids is taking place on Thursday, May 10, 2012, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. The Hon. Mayor George Heartwell of Grand Rapids will deliver the event's Keynote address. Each year, lead supporters called "table captains" reach out to family and friends to join them at the luncheon, and last year more than 400 people attended. There are also a limited number of open seats available. If you are interested in attending this event where you will learn more about Planned Parenthood services and have the opportunity to support our organization, please contact donations@ppwnm.org by Monday, April 30. To learn about other Healthy Families events in West and Northern Michigan, click on the title of this post. Best Kept Secret: The only way to know for sure if you have an STD is to GYT! http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/best-kept-secrets-38488.htm Best Kept Secret: the only way to know for sure if you have an STD (sexually transmitted disease) is to Get Yourself Tested - GYT. One in two sexually active young people will have an STD by age 25, and most won't know it. That's why testing is so important to staying healthy and safe when you are sexually active. April is GYT month and each year Planned Parenthood joins the nationwide effort to encourage young people to get tested. We know it can be a scary or embarrassing step to take - to GYT - but at Planned Parenthood we're here to make it as easy as possible for you to get tested. PPWNM offers testing for men and women of all ages for the most common STDs. During April, PPWNM is offering a $50 testing package for three STDs: chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV. Click on the title of this post to learn more. Psst...Pass it on! Best Kept Secret: New Patients Welcome Here http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/best-kept-secrets-38488.htm Best Kept Secret: Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan (PPWNM) is accepting new clients and we welcome and work with people of all income levels to make their health care affordable. While other providers may have limits or are unable to accept new patients, our doors are open to all at PPWNM. With so many people struggling with lack of, or loss of, health insurance, Planned Parenthood offers annual physical exams for men, women and teens. This annual physical is an opportunity to ensure you are on the right track for staying healthy, and is often a first step in diagnosing more serious health problems. Just call to make an appointment, or even take advantage of walk-in hours at some of our health centers. Click on the title of this post to learn more. Psst...Pass it on! Best Kept Secret: What About the Ring? http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/best-kept-secrets-38488.htm Best Kept Secret: what about the ring? The vaginal contraceptive ring, NuvaRing, is a hormonal method of birth control that you place inside your vagina. You wear the ring for three weeks and take it out for one week while you should be having your period, then you put in a new ring. Out of 100 women using this menthod, about five per year may become pregnant. You can try the ring for free for one month at any PPWNM location through April 30, 2012. Click on the title of this post to learn more about the ring, and some additional possible side effects when compared with other hormonal methods. Psst...Pass it on! Best Kept Secret: The Birth Control Patch - Is it Right for You? http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/best-kept-secrets-38488.htm Best Kept Secret: the birth control patch - is it right for you? If you are one of those people who can never remember to take your birth control pill on time, maybe you would like "the patch." It's an actual patch that you stick to your lower abdomen, buttocks, or upper body. You put on a new patch once a week for three weeks and then you don't wear one during the fourth week, when you should have your period. The patch is about 95 percent effective in preventing pregnancy, however it does not seem to be as effective in women who weigh more than 198 pounds. Because the patch is a hormonal form of birth control, side effects are similar to other hormonal methods. You can try the patch for free for one month at any PPWNM location through April 30, 2012. To learn more about the patch, and side effects, click on the title of this post. Psst...Pass it on! Free Dinner Workshop in Muskegon on 3/27 - Earn Free Gift Card for Attending http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/whats-new-37922.htm PPWNM is bringing the nationally recognized Talk Early Talk Often workshop to Muskegon. Talk Early Talk Often is aimed at helping parents of middle and high school youth talk with their children about abstinence and sexuality. The workshop is free of charge, a light dinner will be served, and parents will receive take-home materials (parents only, please). The first 20 people who register and complete the workshop will receive a $25 gift card! The workshop is on Tuesday, March 27, at the Muskegon High School cafeteria from 5-7:30 p.m. Reserve a spot by e-mailing education@ppwnm.org or calling (616) 774-7005. Best Kept Secret: There IS funding help available for birth control http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/best-kept-secrets-38488.htm Best Kept Secret: There IS funding help available for birth control. While some lawmakers are trying to block the plan to offer contraception without co-pays to everyone under the Affordable Care Act, we at Planned Parenthood have been working all along to provide our clients with the most cost-effective contraception possible. Make no mistake, PPWNM does not have the capacity to offer FREE birth control. But we are able to find funding assistance for more than 80 percent of our clients. And PPWNM also accepts most health insurance plans that cover birth control. If you come to PPWNM before April 30 and do not qualify for any funding programs and do not have insurance, you can still receive one free month of birth control under our Two Special Offers promotion going on now. To learn more about affordable birth control, click on the title of this post. Psst ... Pass it on! Best Kept Secret: A clinical breast exam can save your life http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/best-kept-secrets-38488.htm Best Kept Secret: A clinical breast exam can save your life. The risk of developing breast cancer increases with age, but younger women can still develop breast cancer. Since the American Cancer Society recommends that women receive annual mammograms beginning at age 40, women under age 40 generally rely on clinical breast exams and breast self exams for detecting breast cancer early. Planned Parenthood doctors and nurses teach patients about breast care and self exam. Our experts in women's health perform critical clinical breast exams as part of their patients' annual physical exams, looking for lumps or other changes that could indicate a potential problem. If something unusual is detected, patients are connected to resources to help them get vital biopsies, ultrasounds, and mammograms; and Planned Parenthood follows up to make sure these patients are cared for with the attention they need and deserve. To learn more, click on the title of this post. Psst ... Pass it on! Best Kept Secret: STDs are on the rise http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/best-kept-secrets-38488.htm Best Kept Secret: STDs are on the rise! Half of all sexually active young people will have an STD (sexually transmitted disease) by age 25. What's more, STDs are also climbing faster among the over-age-55 crowd than within the population as a whole. Since many STDs don't show any symptoms, protection and prevention are your best defenses if you are sexually active. That means getting tested, making sure your partner gets tested, and using condoms. A PAP TEST WILL NOT DETECT MOST STDs. YOU MUST GET STD TESTS IN ADDITION TO YOUR REGULAR PAPS IN ORDER TO KNOW YOUR STD STATUS. If you think you need to be tested, PPWNM is offering a $50 Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV screening package to all new and current clients through April 30, 2012. To learn more, click on the title of this post. Psst...Pass it on! Best Kept Secret: Depo shot http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/best-kept-secrets-38488.htm Best Kept Secret: Birth control that you only "take" four times per year! You've probably heard about Depo-Provera (Depo), the birth control shot. But have you seriously considered it as a method for you? No more pills to swallow, fewer visits to the doctor or pharmacy, nothing to insert or remove... these and other benefits make Depo the favorite choice for lots of women. New clients to PPWNM can try out the birth control shot FREE before April 30, 2012! Just call any PPWNM health center and ask about our Free Birth Control offer. To learn more, click on the title of this post. Psst...Pass it on! Best Kept Secret: Celebrating the Condom http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/best-kept-secrets-38488.htm Best Kept Secret: Valentine's Day makes February the "month for lovers," and, not coincidentally, it's also National Condom Month. What better time to celebrate all things condom, and spread the word about this mighty, ancient soldier in the fight against STDs and unintended pregnancy? And, the Best Kept Secret of all? Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan locations offer THREE FREE CONDOMS A DAY, every day, to clients and non-clients alike, during regular business hours. Just stop in and ask. Want more than three? They're only 25-cents each. To learn more, click on the title of this post. Psst...Pass it on! Best Kept Secret: Cervical Health http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/best-kept-secrets-38488.htm Best Kept Secret: There ARE steps women can take to avoid the "silent killer" that claims 4,000 American women's lives each year. Cervical cancer usually shows few symptoms until it has progressed. But when caught early, the five-year survival rate is nearly 100 percent. Annual Pap tests can help with early detection and the HPV vaccine can protect against most cervical cancers in the first place. PPWNM offers annual Paps, and the HPV vaccine (for women ages 18-26). We also have funding programs to help cover the costs. To learn more, click on the title of this post. Psst ... pass it on! Best Kept Secrets Revealed http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/best-kept-secrets-38488.htm Psst ... Pass it on! Best Kept Secrets revealed weekly - about your sexual health, and how to stay healthy and safe in 2012. Our campaign is designed to shred the myths and spread reliable, useful information. Check it out, and Psst ... Pass it on! Two Special Offers from PPWNM http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/files/WestandNorthernMichigan/Special_offers_BOTH.pdf We are kicking off the new year with two special offers from PPWNM: STD testing package for just $50, and one month free birth control. These offers are good through April 30, 2012. We are here - for you, your loved ones, neighbors, and friends - providing affordable services and professional, private care. Check us out with two special offers in 2012! In honor of MLK http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/newsroom/local-press-releases/planned-parenthood-collecting-goods-domestic-violence-shelters-honor-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-1-38478.htm Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan (PPWNM) is participating in a special project in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Jan. 16, and Dr. King's teachings of social justice and nonviolence. PPWNM is collecting a variety of needed items for domestic violence shelters through January 31, 2012: Feminine Hygiene Products Bath and Beauty Supplies School Supplies Baby Products Winter Accessories (gloves, hats, scarves) Non-perishable Food Items Donations can be dropped off at any Planned Parenthood health center in Michigan during regular business hours. Donated goods will remain in the local communities where they are collected. Beyond the Birds and the Bees http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/files/WestandNorthernMichigan/Birds_and_Bees_2011.pdf Frank talk for families about sex education in the schools, and in the home. This annual "progressive" newsletter grows by two pages each week during October's Let's Talk month. This year's focus is bullying: various types of bullies and their targets; and how parents can make a difference, whether their child is the bully or the victim. See the complete newsletter by clicking the title above. PPWNM Now Offering Walk-In Hours at Five Locations http://www.plannedparenthood.org/west-northern-michigan/whats-new-37922.htm Convenience and flexibilty for patients are two reasons that PPWNM now offers walk-in hours at five locations. New or returning clients may come in for any of our services during these specially designated walk-in hours. Walk-in clients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis; so wait times can vary, and clients may even be turned away if there is no more room.