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Members of the media can contact Diego Espino, Vice President of Community Engagement, at 614-271-6595 or Nicole Evans, Marketing Director, at 330-631-7843.

Below, please find releases from Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, a 501(c)(3) health care provider. To find releases about legislative or political activity from our advocacy arm, please visit Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio. You will leave www.plannedparenthood.org and be directed to a website operated by an independent Planned Parenthood 501(c)(4) entity. You will be redirected to: http://www.ppao.org/Media.html


WHAT'S NEWS:

January 28, 2016

Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio,

Hires Amelia Hayes Managing Director of Public Affairs 

Columbus, OH - Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio is proud to announce that Amelia Hayes will serve as the new Managing Director of Public Affairs for the organization. 

As the Managing Director of Public Affairs, Ms. Hayes’ responsibilities will include overseeing and coordinating departmental strategies for effective leadership in the areas of grassroots, advocacy, public policy, legislation, and public education..  She and her team will be responsible for organizing and field work on the broad range of issues affecting reproductive choice, including family planning comprehensive sexuality education, and access to abortion services. 

“Ms. Hayes’ experience in community organizing and public policy make her great match for carrying out and the strengthening of the mission of Planned Parenthood,” said Stephanie Kight, President and CEO of PPGOH. Kight goes on to say, “As a native Ohioan, Ms. Hayes’ passion for organizing and protecting access to affordable, respectful health care will be complimented by to supporting comprehensive public policies.” 

Prior to joining Planned Parenthood, Ms. Hayes was employed by Policy Matters Ohio, a prominent statewide policy research organization. During her time there her primary responsibility was community outreach, coalition building with a focus on health care and infant mortality. Prior to that time, she served as a legislative aide for State Representatives Fred Strahorn and Kenny Yuko. 

“Ms. Hayes’ commitment to intersectionality in organizing and influential public policy will be critical as she navigates the organization through the sharply politically charged legislative landscape,” concluded Kight. 

Ms. Hayes joined the Planned Parenthood team on January 25, 2016.


January 27, 2016

OHIO SENATE VOTES TO DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD 

COLUMBUS, OH — The Ohio General Assembly voted today to defund Planned Parenthood and strip Ohioans of access to critical preventative health care services like breast and cervical cancer screenings, STI testing and treatment and HIV testing.

Stephanie Kight, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio, released the following statement:

“Planned Parenthood's doors are staying open, and we will continue to provide safe, affordable, respectful health care services to young women and men in Ohio.

"But today, the Ohio General Assembly, once again, chose politics over people. For months, these out of touch politicians have heard testimony from patients who received essential, live saving care through these programs; and from health care professionals who spoke to the critical health care services that Planned Parenthood provides to tens of thousands of Ohio women and men. In spite of the facts, they chose political points over the health and safety of Ohioans, and in doing so they have harmed some of Ohio's most vulnerable citizens.

 "This is not what Ohioans want. 65 percent of Ohioans are opposed to cutting access to care at Planned Parenthood -- and over the last few months, hundreds have protested at the statehouse and thousands more have spoken out online. Gov. Kasich must listen to his constituents and veto this bill.


January 14, 2016

Planned Parenthood Files Federal Lawsuit Against People Behind Fraudulent Smear Campaign

 

‘The people behind this fraud lied and broke the law in order to spread malicious lies about Planned Parenthood’

 

SAN FRANCISCO; JANUARY 14, 2016 – Today, Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit against the people behind an ongoing, widely discredited video smear campaign – charging that anti-abortion activists engaged in an elaborate, illegal conspiracy in order to block women’s access to safe and legal abortion.

 

The civil lawsuit, filed in San Francisco, outlines how the defendants – including David Daleiden, Troy Newman, Albin Rhomberg, Sandra Merritt, Gerardo Lopez, Phillip Cronin, the Center for Medical Progress, and BioMax – engaged in a complex criminal enterprise to defraud Planned Parenthood and prevent the health care organization from providing preventive and reproductive health services to millions of women and men. The lawsuit charges that CMP, its leaders, and co-conspirators engaged in illegal conduct that includes violating the Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO Act) and engaging in wire fraud, mail fraud, invasion of privacy, illegal secret recording, and trespassing. (click here to read more)

 

December 18, 2015

 

Ohio Attorney General Backs Down on Baseless Accusations Against Planned Parenthood
 

Columbus, OH -- One week after Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine went directly to press with inflammatory and false allegations about Planned Parenthood’s handling of fetal tissue, he is backing down from his threats to take legal action.  This comes just days after Planned Parenthood won a legal victory when a federal court issued a temporary restraining order to protect women’s access to safe, legal abortion in Ohio.  

 

Planned Parenthood’s health centers comply with all laws and regulations regarding safe fetal tissue disposal that is respectful. Fetal tissue is handled by a licensed removal company, just like other health care providers use for all types of medical material. Since 1974, Ohio has required that fetal tissue be disposed of in a safe and respectful manner. In its threats against the nonprofit, the state claimed that Planned Parenthood was in violation of this regulation, despite the fact that for decades, Planned Parenthood has followed these regulations and has never been cited by the state for violation. In fact, the Ohio Department of Health inspected the three Planned Parenthood’s health centers cited by DeWine just this August, and found all three to be in compliance with the law.  

 

Statement from Dawn Laguens, Vice President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America:

 

“Mike DeWine’s retreat in Ohio should serve as a warning to other states --- these baseless and inflammatory political attacks are not going to fly.  Lies and extreme politicians will not stop Planned Parenthood from providing essential reproductive health care --- including safe and legal abortion --- in Ohio and across the country.”

 

Statement from Jerry Lawson, CEO of Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio:

 

“Just like other quality medical providers, Planned Parenthood works with licensed medical removal companies to handle fetal tissue respectfully and safely. The Ohio Department of Health concluded this in August.  At Planned Parenthood, we remain focused on providing care to the women in Ohio who count on us.”

 

Statement from Stephanie Kight, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio:

 

“It didn’t take long to expose what DeWine’s true agenda was -- banning access to safe and legal abortion in Ohio. We talk with patients on a case-by-case basis to answer all of their questions and have always handled fetal tissue in a safe and respectable manner in accordance with the law. We will never stop providing Ohioans with high-quality, personalized care --- no matter what.”

 

Politicians in Ohio, including the Governor and Attorney General, have done everything possible to eliminate access to safe, legal abortion -- secretly writing abortion restrictions into law, enacting 17 anti-women’s health measures in the last five years, and even appointing the head of Ohio Right to Life to the state medical board. In recent years, Ohio has shuttered over one third of health centers that provide abortion in the state, more than any other state but Texas, even forcing women to cross the border into Michigan to get abortions.

 

Last Friday, the Attorney General also confirmed that the accusations that Planned Parenthood "sold fetal tissue" were completely unfounded and untrue. These false claims have been made and disproved over and over again. Officials in eight other states (Washington, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri and South Dakota) have now cleared Planned Parenthood affiliates of all wrongdoing. In addition, seven states  (Iowa, Delaware, Idaho, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Virginia, and Colorado) have declined to even investigate Planned Parenthood — finding nothing to substantiate claims of wrongdoing. These new accusations that Planned Parenthood is improperly disposing of fetal tissue are flat-out false.

 

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Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With approximately 700 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions. We do all this because we care passionately about helping people lead healthier lives.


December 13, 2015


Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio
Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio

For Immediate Release: Sunday, December 13, 2015

Contact: Planned Parenthood Media Office 212-261-4433; [email protected]

 

Planned Parenthood Files Federal Lawsuit to Protect Abortion Access in Ohio
Lawsuit says Planned Parenthood handles medical tissue like other health care providers, and attack from state is attempt to ban abortion

 

Columbus, OH -- Attorneys for Planned Parenthood affiliates in Ohio filed suit today in federal court to protect access to safe, legal abortion for women in Ohio. On Friday, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine went directly to press with inflammatory and false allegations against Planned Parenthood -- claiming in a press conference that the nonprofit improperly handled fetal tissue, which is absolutely not true. Planned Parenthood learned of these claims through press—rather than through formal communication with the Department of Health—and the attorney general failed to allow Planned Parenthood to address these false allegations. On the basis of these bogus claims, DeWine threatened to take legal action against Planned Parenthood, and to introduce legislation that would further restrict access to abortion in Ohio. 

 

In the lawsuit filed today, Planned Parenthood makes clear:

  • Planned Parenthood uses licensed medical removal companies who handle fetal tissue respectfully and safely, in accordance with the law that’s been in place for 40 years in Ohio.
  • Planned Parenthood handles fetal tissues just like other health care providers handle all sorts of medical material. It is either treated for sterilization or incinerated, and then disposed of.
  • The false claims are motivated by politics, not by the facts and not by medicine, and are intended to ban abortion in the state.

 

The Governor and Attorney General in Ohio have done everything possible to eliminate access to safe, legal abortion -- secretly writing abortion restrictions into law, working to close health centers, and even appointing the head of Ohio Right to Life to the state medical board. In recent years, Ohiohas shuttered more abortionproviders than any other state but Texas, even forcing women to cross the border into Michigan to get abortions.

 

Statement from Jerry Lawson, CEO of Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio:

 

“Planned Parenthood handles medical tissue just like other health care providers do. We work with licensed medical removal companies to handle fetal tissue respectfully and safely. It's clear from the Attorney General's press conference that we've acted properly and legally, and this is just part of his longstanding political agenda to ban abortion in all cases. We won’t let that happen.”

 

Statement from Stephanie Kight, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio:

 

“The reality is that we handle medical tissue just like other health care providers do, and we always have. We’re inspected regularly to ensure that we’re handling fetal tissue properly and legally. Politicians in Ohio will stop at nothing to ban abortion in all cases in our state. Today, we’re asking a federal court to prevent the state from this plainly political attempt to restrict women’s access to safe and legal abortion.” 

 

Planned Parenthood’s health centers comply with all laws and regulations that require safe fetal tissue disposal that is respectful. Fetal tissue is handled by a licensed removal company, just like other health care providers use for all types of medical material. Ohio’s requirements for how fetal tissue should be disposed of have been in place since 1974. The state is now claiming that Planned Parenthood is in violation of this regulation, despite the fact that for decades, Planned Parenthood has followed these regulations and has never been cited by the state for violation. In fact, the Ohio Department of Health has inspected Planned Parenthood’s health centers annually for the last decade, and at no time have they raised concerns about these practices.

 

On Friday, Ohio's Attorney General confirmed that the accusations that Planned Parenthood "sold fetal tissue" were completely unfounded and untrue. These false claims have been made and disproved over and over again. Officials in eight other states (Washington, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri and South Dakota) have now cleared Planned Parenthood affiliates of all wrongdoing. In addition, seven states  (Iowa, Delaware, Idaho, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Virginia, and Colorado) have declined to even investigate Planned Parenthood — finding nothing to substantiate claims of wrongdoing. These new accusations that Planned Parenthood is improperly disposing of fetal tissue are also flat-out false.

 

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Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With approximately 700 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions. We do all this because we care passionately about helping people lead healthier lives.


December 11, 2015 

Planned Parenthood Statement in Response to

Ohio Attorney General Inflammatory and Baseless Accusations

 

Columbus, OH --- In response to the Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine’s inflammatory and false report released today in regards to Planned Parenthood, Stephanie Kight, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, issued the following statement:

 

“As we have always maintained, and as the Attorney General has now confirmed, the original accusations that Planned Parenthood “sold fetal tissue” were completely unfounded and untrue.

 

“These new allegations by the Attorney General that we are improperly disposing of fetal tissue are flat-out false. Planned Parenthood handles medical tissue like any other quality health care provider. Our agreements with vendors all require them to follow state law, and dispose of tissue accordingly. If they are not, then I will take swift action.

 

“This is an administration that has done everything possible to eliminate access to abortion in Ohio --- secretly writing laws, working to close health centers, and even appointing the head of Ohio Right to Life to the state medical board. We are seriously concerned that this report is not the result of meaningful investigation, but instead yet another attack on women’s access to health care in the state of Ohio intended to end our ability to continue to provide safe, legal abortion.”

 

Officials in eight other states (Washington, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri and South Dakota) have now cleared Planned Parenthood affiliates of all wrongdoing. In addition, seven states (Iowa, Delaware, Idaho, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Virginia, and Colorado) have declined to even investigate Planned Parenthood — finding nothing to substantiate claims of wrongdoing.

 

In Ohio, John Kasich and his administration have proven they will do anything to ban access to safe and legal abortion.  Internal emails obtained by the Associated Press show Governor John Kasich and his administration secretly worked to craft provisions that would ban access to safe, legal abortion in Ohio.  

 

Kasich’s Administration has passed increasingly severe restrictions on abortion --- restrictions that have led to the shuttering of over one-third of Ohio’s health centers that provide abortion.  Most recently, both the House and Senate have passed legislation that threatens access to reproductive care for 80,000 Ohioans

 

Through budget provisions and legislation, John Kasich has signed 17 anti-women’s health measures, decimating women’s access to health care in Ohio.

  • He passed a budget that included cuts to Planned Parenthood funding, putting at risk the thousands of women who live in medically underserved counties in Ohio.
  • He supported a budget provision that blocked grant money for state-funded rape crisis centers that refer women for abortion.
  • Kasich enacted measures subjecting women to forced ultrasounds.
  • He signed provisions that have shuttered 5 abortion providers in the state, making it more difficult to access safe and legal abortion in Ohio.

 

Of the 28 Planned Parenthood health centers in Ohio, 26 of them are in rural or medically underserved areas, meaning that without Planned Parenthood, many patients would literally have nowhere else to turn for essential, preventive reproductive health care.

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Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With approximately 700 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions. We do all this because we care passionately about helping people lead healthier lives.



NOVEMBER 27, 2015

Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio: Colorado Springs Shooting

COLUMBUS—Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio released a statement in response to the active shooter situation in and near the Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs today.

 

Stephanie Kight, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio made the following statement.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families who have been affected by this tragedy. We condemn this heinous act of violence, regardless of the motive behind it.

This situation is still developing, and at this moment we don't yet know the full circumstances and motives behind this tragic event, or if Planned Parenthood was in fact the target of this attack.

Planned Parenthood's main concern now is the safety and ongoing security of our patients and staff, in Colorado and around the country. No one deserves to be a victim of senseless violence, whether it is based on their gender, skin color, profession, or decision to access essential medical services.

We are grateful to the law enforcement and first responders who work to keep our communities safe and we will continue to work closely with this group to keep our patients, staff and health centers safe. Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio has strong security measures in place, works closely with law enforcement agencies, and has a very strong safety record. 

As we have for the last 87 years in Ohio, Planned Parenthood will continue to provide the compassionate, respectful care our patients deserve. We will never back away from providing care in safe and supportive environment for millions that rely on us in Ohio and across the nation.”

 

November 27, 2015

PLANNED PARENTHOOD FEDERATION OF AMERICA’S CLERGY ADVOCACY BOARD: COLORADO SPRINGS SHOOTING

 

New York—Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Clergy Advocacy Board released a statement in response to the active shooter situation in and near the Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs today.

In the wake of the violent assault on the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, our hearts go out to the victims and their families. We pray healing for the injured, comfort for those who mourn and give thanks for the devoted staff of Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountain and first responders who put themselves in harm’s way to protect and defend their fellow citizens. We stand with Planned Parenthood and their continued commitment to provide care in the safe, supportive environment that millions of people rely on and trust for quality healthcare.  We also pray for an end to the climate of violence and polarization that grips our nation -- asking for the will and wisdom to overcome hatred with hope, fear with trust and violence with compassion. 

 And so we pray with heart and mind that God of many names, Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that all nations and peoples may make known your values of love, hope and justice. Amen.


November 4, 2015

Testimony Highlights Real Dangers of Defunding Effort, As Ohioans Share Their Stories of Planned Parenthood

COLUMBUS—Ohioans gave testimony today against HB 294, the House version of the bill to defund Planned Parenthood.

 

Individuals from all over the state shared their stories of why Planned Parenthood is important and why taking away the services it provides would be ruinous to our communities. From patients, to staff, to supporters, all brought with them a consistent message: that Planned Parenthood is a vital reproductive health care provider for women and men in Ohio.

 

Carmen Winant, a Columbus resident, gave the following testimony in support of Planned Parenthood:

 

“The first time I came into Planned Parenthood I was a scared sixteen year old who did not want to have a child of my own; the second time I was an adult who did. In both cases, I was given fantastic heath care, treated with respect, professionalism and dignity by the doctors, nurses and receptionists, and not charged hand over fist for my care. I’m so grateful to this place, which does a service not only for women, but all citizens. Women needn’t feel shame about getting heath care and making choices about our bodies: we should celebrate and defend this right.

 

Kimberly Hardesty a Planned Parenthood Health Educator in Chillicothe spoke about the importance of the educational programs Planned Parenthood provides:

 

 “Dismantling this successful program Planned Parenthood has established is a disservice to my colleagues and the teens we serve. We are experts in the field of sexual and reproductive health. We provide medically accurate information to those whom we teach”


July 16, 2015

Planned Parenthood President Releases Video Response to Latest Smear Campaign

New York, NY – Today, Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, issued a video in response to a heavily edited and secretly recorded videotape falsely portraying Planned Parenthood’s participation in tissue donation programs that support lifesaving scientific research.

To view Planned Parenthood’s video, see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZUjU4e4fUI&feature=youtu.be

A full transcript of the video is below:

Hello. I’m Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Planned Parenthood provides a full range of health care services to millions of women, men, and young people every year, including cancer screenings, birth control, STD testing and treatment, and abortion. And we provide much more than health services – we support millions of people as they build their futures and pursue their goals.

Recently, an organization that opposes safe and legal abortion used secretly recorded, heavily edited videos to make outrageous claims about programs that help women donate fetal tissue for medical research.

I want to be really clear: The allegation that Planned Parenthood profits in any way from tissue donation is not true. Our donation programs – like any other high-quality health care providers – follow all laws and ethical guidelines. Over our 100-year history, we have continually engaged leading medical experts to shape our practices, policies, and high standards – and always will.

Our top priority is the compassionate care that we provide. In the video, one of our staff members speaks in a way that does not reflect that compassion. This is unacceptable, and I personally apologize for the staff member's tone and statements.

As always, if there is any aspect of our work that can be strengthened, we want to know about it, and we take swift action to address it.

Planned Parenthood stands behind our work to help women and families donate tissue for medical research when they wish to. It is always their decision.

I thank those women and families who have chosen tissue donation at some point in their lives. Your commitment to lifesaving research, developing treatments for diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, is important and compassionate, and it should be respected – not attacked.

We know the real agenda of organizations behind videos like this, and they have never been concerned with protecting the health and safety of women. Their mission is to ban abortion completely and cut women off from care at Planned Parenthood and other health centers.

We will never let that happen.

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July 16, 2015

OHIO PLANNED PARENTHOOD HEALTH CENTERS WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE OHIO'S WOMEN

COLUMBUS—Stephanie Kight, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio, made the following statement today in response to the discredited accusations leveled against the organization:

“For 87 years, Planned Parenthood has served Ohio’s women with accessible, affordable and safe reproductive health care services. In doing so, we follow all regulations to ensure that we are operating within the scope of the law.”

“In accordance with the Ohio Revised Code, Planned Parenthood health centers in Ohio do not allow patients to donate tissue because it is explicitly prohibited by law.”

“We will not allow these accusations to knock us off course. We will continue our mission to fight on behalf of women’s reproductive health and women’s rights and provide women in Ohio with the services they need to live healthy and successful lives.”

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Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio supports advocacy for women’s reproductive health and women’s rights, including grassroots organizing, community education, and lobbying.

 

July 1, 2015

The CDC Awards $4 Million Dollar Grant to Local Health Agencies for HIV Prevention Project

CLEVELAND, OH – July 1, 2015 – The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced this week that Recovery Resources, Care Alliance Health Center, and Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio will receive a $4 million dollar grant over the next five years to implement evidence-based interventions designed to impact HIV prevention by reducing high-risk behaviors among young (ages 13-29) African American males. This funding effectively doubles the HIV prevention resources available in Cuyahoga County.

The partnership known as Cuyahoga County/Cleveland High-Impact HIV Prevention (CCHIHP) has identified Recovery Resources as the Lead Agency and Fiscal Agent for the project. Beginning in late 2015, the CCHIHP team will initiate a highly-targeted campaign to reach at-risk populations. The program increases community-based HIV testing via a mobile van, community outreach including social media and traditional marketing, and linkages to health care services for newly diagnosed individuals. This project includes evidence-based behavioral change models aimed at risk reduction and linkage to primary care for young, black, gay men. The project is estimated to provide 21 new jobs, and serve more than 30,000 people over its five-year duration.

According to HIV/AIDS surveillance records at the Cleveland Department of Public Health, approximately 200 county residents were newly diagnosed with HIV-only or HIV-with-AIDS in 2013, and African American males are disproportionately affected; 42 percent of all HIV cases in 2012-2013 diagnosed were among African American males ages 13-29.

Recovery Resources is one of the largest behavioral healthcare nonprofits in Northeast Ohio, providing a broad continuum of integrated behavioral healthcare in support of their mission of helping people triumph over mental illness, alcoholism, drug and other addictions. Their work with HIV/AIDS dates back to 1998, and includes case management for people living with HIV/AIDS; risk-reduction counseling services & assessments; HIV testing; and education and psychosocial support groups.

Care Alliance Health Center provides high-quality, comprehensive medical, dental, and behavioral health care, patient advocacy and related services to people who need them most, regardless of their ability to pay. Care Alliance is a Federally Qualified Health Center and the sole safety-net primary care provider in Cleveland dedicated to serving individuals experiencing homelessness and individuals living in or around public housing, and provides community and jail-based HIV Testing and Counseling and Early Intervention Services Case Management.

Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio provides family planning services including HIV counseling, HIV and integrated Sexuality Transmitted Diseases testing and referral programs at three Health Centers in Cuyahoga County and throughout the City of Cleveland using Health Mobile, their HIV testing van. In addition, Planned Parenthood provides targeted testing services in partnership with the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland. Its mission is to protect, promote and provide empowered health care for generations of women, men, and families across Ohio.

About Recovery Resources
Founded in 1955, Recovery Resources is celebrating 60 years of delivering outpatient mental health and addiction treatment, education, prevention and recovery support services to residents of Northeast Ohio. Its mission is to help people triumph over mental illness, alcoholism, drug and other addictions. Recovery Resources is accredited by CARF and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and is a contract agency of the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County. For more information about the services provided by Recovery Resources, visit us online at www.recres.org or call our offices at 216-431-4131.

About Care Alliance Health Center
Care Alliance Health Center is a Level 3 NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home and non-profit, Federally Qualified Health Center that provides health care to low-income individuals and families living in Cleveland. Care Alliance was founded in 1985 as one of the original 19 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Pew Health Care for the Homeless pilot projects. Our mission is to provide high-quality, comprehensive medical, dental, and behavioral health care and related services to people who need them most, regardless of their ability to pay. Each year Care Alliance serves over 10,000 Clevelanders, most of whom are chronically ill and homeless. In April 2015, Care Alliance opened a state-of-the-art, LEED Gold-certified clinic in Cleveland’s Central Neighborhood with the capacity to care for 12,000 underserved individuals and deliver $6.4 million in annual community benefit. For more information about Care Alliance Health Center, please visit www.carealliance.org.

About Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio
Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio operates 20 health center locations in a 68 county region delivering vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information for tens of thousands of Ohio women, men and young people every year. Planned Parenthood promotes a commonsense approach to health and well-being based on respect for each individual’s right to make lifelong informed decisions about health, sexuality, and family planning. Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio is an affiliate of the most trusted reproductive health care organization in the world, Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Planned Parenthood works to create a world where sexual and reproductive rights are basic human rights and where access to health care does not depend upon who you are. For more information about the services provided by Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, visit us online at www.ppgoh.org or call our offices at 614-224-2235.

Contacts:
Recovery Resources:
Pamela Gill, President & CEO, 216-431-4131 ext. 1208; [email protected]
Ayme McCain, Manager of Prevention Programs, 216-431-4131 ext.1206 [email protected]
Diane Tomer, Director of Development, 216-431-4131, ext. 2501 [email protected] 
Care Alliance Health Center
Evan Goldstein, Manager of Communications & Collaborations, 216-781-6228 x.263 [email protected]
Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio
Nicole Evans, Marketing Director, 330-631-7843 [email protected]

 

March 7, 2014

26TH ANNUAL CHOCOLATE & CHAMPAGNE AFFAIRE TO BENEFIT
PLANNED PARENTHOOD ATHENS HEALTH CENTER

Columbus, Ohio—Community leaders in Athens are hosting the 26th annual Chocolate & Champagne Affaire event to benefit the Planned Parenthood Athens Health Center. This event includes fabulous food, desserts, a raffle, and silent and live auctions and will be held Saturday, March 14 at the newly remodeled Nelson Commons on Ohio University’s South Green. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

“We’re delighted that the Athens community is so supportive of our work for women, men, and families who rely on us for preventive care,” said Stephanie Kight, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio. “The funds raised will be invested in our Athens Health Center so that we can continue to provide life-saving cancer screenings, birth control, prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, breast health services, Pap tests, and sex health education.”

Last year the Chocolate & Champagne Affaire raised more than $46,000 for Planned Parenthood services. Chaired by Katherine Furler, a member of the Athens Community Leadership Council, the event is expected to exceed that amount this year.

“Across Ohio this past year, numerous petitions have been signed in support of non-restricted health care for women, tens of thousands of people have been affected by Planned Parenthood health education and outreach programs, and hundreds of thousands of phone calls have been placed to elected officials. All of this work has been done in support of the idea that we all believe in: every person who needs the services of Planned Parenthood should be able to access this affordable health care resource,” said Furler. 

“Chocolate & Champagne is not only a beloved tradition for many Athens residents, but it is also a crucial part of the fundraising efforts for Planned Parenthood. All of the proceeds from this annual event will continue to support the many services offered by the Athens Health Center and continue our area’s longstanding tradition of working together to keep our community healthy.”

In addition to food and desserts provided by Nelson Commons, Chocolate & Champagne Affaire guests can enjoy champagne, coffee, and tea or make selections from a fully stocked cash bar. Raffle and auction items have been donated by local businesses and individual supporters. Tickets can be purchased online at ppgoh.org and are $60.00 per person. Call 440-453-3001 for more information.


January 17, 2014

PLANNED PARENTHOOD CEO JOINS LEGAL EXPERTS TO DISCUSS
RESTRICTIVE REGULATIONS AT ACS EVENT


January 2, 2014

Questions about HPV and cervical cancer answered


December 14, 2013

PLANNED PARENTHOOD MOURNS THE LOSS OF
ROBERT LAZARUS JR


VIDEO - September 6, 2013

STEPHANIE KIGHT ADDRESSES THE CITY CLUB OF CLEVELAND

In 1929, Margaret Sanger addressed a men-only audience at the City Club of Cleveland to talk about the necessity of birth control. In 2007,Cecile Richards spoke to a much more diverse group about the value Planned Parenthood provides our communities. On Friday, September 6th,Stephanie Kight stood at the podium of the City Club of Cleveland to share the work that Planned Parenthood does for the women, men, and young people of Ohio and help others understand why we "Care. No matter what." She shared our business practices, our unwavering focus on quality, affordable health care, our commitment to comprehensive sex education, and our dedication to ensuring that Ohio women will maintain access to the health care they need, including safe and legal abortion care.

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