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COLUMBUS, OH — Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio (PPGOH), a leading health care provider in Ohio serving over 3,000 Latino patients each year, celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month by standing with Latino communities to honor their history and culture and to support expanding access to vital health care.

Despite progress made under the Affordable Care Act, Latinos in the U.S. continue to face significant barriers to accessing health care as well as significant disparities in their health care outcomes. A greater percentage of Latinas (38%) are uninsured compared to women of any other group, and they are less likely than non-Latina white women to have a regular health care provider. Latinas are also more likely to be diagnosed with cervical cancer.

Statement from Constance Dunlap, PPGOH Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

“Latinos are a vital part of the Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio community; they are our patients, volunteers, activists, supporters, educators, clinicians, and staff. They make Ohio better, stronger, and more vibrant. And they make Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio stronger, too. In addition to providing critical preventative health care, we are proud to advocate for and with Latino communities in partnership with community leaders to increase their access to health care.”

Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio operates 19 health centers, serving 66 counties, and offers services including birth control counseling, vital cancer screenings, well-woman exams, and sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment. PPGOH offers translation services at all their locations and offers care regardless of a patient’s economic level, race, gender, sexual orientation, and/or immigration status.

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About Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio. The mission of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio is to protect, promote and provide empowered health care for generations of women, men, and families across Ohio. PPGOH serves approximately 64,000 patients annually throughout Ohio including metropolitan areas in Toledo, Akron, Canton, Youngstown, Mansfield, Cleveland, Columbus, and Athens. www.ppgoh.org.