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August 3, 2016 (Monroe County, PA) Pocono Health Foundation recently celebrated its 24th annual Grant Reception to award over $150,000 to various organizations and local students (including PPKey)

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July 6, 2016 (Allentown, PA) Planned Parenthood Keystone Announces New President/CEO, Melissa L. Reed, Esq.
Thankful Goodbyes Given to Interim President/CEO Leslie K. Brown

Planned Parenthood Keystone is excited to announce that after a thoughtful and thorough process, Melissa Reed has been selected as the organization’s new President/CEO.

Reed has been a public policy, electoral, and non-profit executive leader with more than 25 years experience working for women's rights, progressive policy, and social justice. For the last eight years, Reed was the vice president for public policy as well as the executive director of the Action Fund for Planned Parenthood South Atlantic in Raleigh, North Carolina. In that capacity she increased funding for public affairs by 160% in six years, and planned the legislative strategy that led to three federal court victories overturning "Choose life" license plates, an anti-choice initiative that would have placed the tagline “Choose Life” on vehicular license plates in North Carolina. She worked on segments of the “Woman's Right to Know” bill, fought against the defunding of Planned Parenthood, worked with school administrators in Virginia to secure changes to the sex education curriculum, and facilitated teacher/education training in four districts.

“Having 16 years of experience in women’s health, including eight years with Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, I am excited to continue my sincere commitment of ensuring women, men, and young people have access to essential health care,” stated Reed, President/CEO. “I look forward to continuing to increase access to Planned Parenthood Keystone’s services, whether it is through expansion of hours at our medical centers or online health services. We must be able to meet the growing needs of the communities we serve and continue to provide care to our patients no matter what.”

Reed came to Planned Parenthood after serving in leadership positions at NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina, the United Hospital Center Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities both in West Virginia, and the Support Network for Battered Women in California. She is a Cum Laude graduate of North Carolina Central University School of Law. She was preceded by Kim Custer, who joined the national Planned Parenthood office, and is following Leslie K. Brown who was the interim president/CEO for the last 19 months.

Planned Parenthood Keystone’s Board of Directors and staff welcome Melissa Reed.


A STATEMENT FROM PLANNED PARENTHOOD KEYSTONE INTERIM PRESIDENT & CEO LESLIE K. BROWN ON THE U.S. SUPREME COURT RULING IN THE TEXAS ABORTION CASE, HB2 

Tuesday June 28, 2016 (Allentown, PA) – The Supreme Court of the United States today ruled in favor of women’s health. We are thrilled that the Court recognized the intended legislation to require changes to medical centers and require doctors to have hospital admitting privileges did not enhance patient safety – rather, they punished
women by blocking access to safe abortions.
 

Far too many women still face insurmountable barriers to care. More than 440 pieces of legislation were introduced since January of 2016, in addition to the 316 that became law in the last five years. Planned Parenthood will take this fight state by state, including a review of the current ambulatory surgical requirements and other provisions that became law in Pennsylvania. It is time to pass state laws to protect women’s constitutional right to abortion, and repeal the ones that block it.

A woman’s right to make her own decisions about abortion should not depend on who she is or where she lives.


April 20, 2016 (Stroudsburg, PA) Six Regional Agencies Join Planned Parenthood Keystone for A Healthy Stroudsburg Event - Free STD and HIV Testing Vouchers to those Attending

Planned Parenthood Keystone is pleased to announce that the following agencies in or around Monroe County will participate in the Healthy Stroudsburg event on Thursday.
They include:

  • Monroe County Health Department
  • Girls On The Run
  • Street to Feet
  • The League of Women Voters
  • Women’s Resources of Monroe County
  • Maternal and Family Health Services

The event will be held at CLU Social Club of Monroe County, 265 South Cortland Street in East Stroudsburg, from 5:30 to 7:30 on Thursday, April 21st. It is open to the public. Please click here to register.

In keeping with its mission to provide and promote access to the essential health care services and comprehensive education people need to live health lives and build strong communities, Planned Parenthood Keystone will facilitate an education program that will incorporate information for the entire family.

The prevention of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is a core part of Planned Parenthood’s health services and education efforts nationally. In 2015, Planned Parenthood Keystone reached more than 10,000 women, men and young people through its education programs. Nationwide, more than 1.5 million people were reached. In 2015, Planned Parenthood Keystone provided more than 52,000 tests and treatment for STD – 2900 in Stroudsburg; while nationwide, more than 4.2 million tests and treatments were provided.


 April 1, 2016 Jonathan Eig will be live in Allentown! 

(Allentown, PA) – Jonathan Eig, author of “The Birth of the Pill” and former reporter with the New York Times will be the guest speaker at Planned Parenthood Keystone’s annual spring dinner on April 14th.  This year, the event will touch on a subject of recent Supreme Court cases and decisions – birth control. In addition, Linda Epstein, a longstanding and passionate Planned Parenthood supporter will be honored with the Choice Award. 

Women’s progress over the past six decades, whether it has been in their educational accomplishments or their climb up the career ladder, has been transformed in large part because they have been able to control their fertility. This was not the case when as a nurse working in the poor neighborhoods of Brooklyn, Margaret Sanger, saw women desperate to prevent getting pregnant, as each pregnancy meant time away from work and pay.  Just providing information about contraception was against the law in the 1950s, but Sanger provided the needed care; and, spent time in jail for it. Sanger is credited with founding the predecessor to Planned Parenthood.  

Jonathan Eig captured how Sanger’s world, as a determined but frustrated nurse, would collide with a frustrated scientist from Harvard University, a frustrated Catholic gynecologist, and a frustrated but very wealthy widow to create the birth control pill. Each had a role to play, as Eig so vividly described. From the pills development in the lab, to the lies told to the women undergoing testing without informed consent, all four understood the climate of the country, and knew that announcing the invention of a pill to prevent pregnancy would not go over well.  

Eig’s interest in writing the book came when he heard that The Pill was the most important invention of the 20th century, but he did not know the inventor! He wondered ‘why?’ His research led him to discover the secretive tactics to getting the pill developed, approved by the Food & Drug Administration, and the legal battles it faced. Much like today, the pill has given rise to intense opposition and enduring legal battles, as the Supreme Court of the United States prepares to rule on yet another challenge to the birth control mandate of the Affordable Care Act.   

Jonathan Eig made an appearance on the National Public Radio’s Fresh Air program:

The event on April 14th will be held at the Lehigh Country Club. Doors open at 6 p.m. to a cocktail reception complete with chances to win beautiful items donated by area merchants. Jonathan Eig will be on hand to sell and sign copies of “The Birth of The Pill,” before and after the event. For more information on attending the Planned Parenthood Keystone spring event, please reach out to [email protected], or call Alison at 610.709.6061. 

 

April 1, 2016 (Lancaster, PA) – Jonathan Eig, author of “The Birth of the Pill” and former reporter with the New York Times will be the guest speaker at Planned Parenthood Keystone’s annual spring luncheon on April 15th.  This year, the event will touch on a subject of recent Supreme Court cases and decisions – birth control. In addition, Joan Paxton, a longstanding and dedicated Planned Parenthood supporter will be honored with the Choice Award 

Women’s progress over the past six decades, whether it has been in their educational accomplishments or their climb up the career ladder, has been transformed in large part because they have been able to control their fertility. This was not the case when as a nurse working in the poor neighborhoods of Brooklyn, Margaret Sanger, saw women desperate to prevent getting pregnant, as each pregnancy meant time away from work and pay.  Just providing information about contraception was against the law in the 1950s, but Sanger provided the needed care; and, spent time in jail for it. Sanger is credited with founding the predecessor to Planned Parenthood.  

Jonathan Eig captured how Sanger’s world, as a determined but frustrated nurse, would collide with a frustrated scientist from Harvard University, a frustrated Catholic gynecologist, and a frustrated but very wealthy widow to create the birth control pill. Each had a role to play, as Eig so vividly described. From the pill’s development in the lab, to the lies told to the women undergoing testing without informed consent, all four understood the climate of the country, and knew that announcing the invention of a pill to prevent pregnancy would not go over well.   

The luncheon on April 15th will be held at the Cork Factory Hotel. Registration and book sales begin at 11:30 a.m. Jonathan Eig will be on hand to sign copies of “The Birth of The Pill” after the event. For more information on attending the Planned Parenthood Keystone spring luncheon, please reach out to [email protected], or call Alison at 610.709.6061.


March 31,2016 (Stroudsburg, PA) April is Get Yourself Tested month! Planned Parenthood Keystone, in collaboration with the Monroe County Department of Health, will hold a community education event on sexually wise and healthy relationships on April 21st at the CLU Social Club, 265 South Courtland Street in East Stroudsburg. Those who attend the event will receive a complimentary voucher for a free STD and HIV testing at the Planned Parenthood Medical Center in Stroudsburg.

In keeping with its mission to provide and promote access to the essential health care services and comprehensive education people need to live health lives and build strong communities, Planned Parenthood Keystone will facilitate an education program that will incorporate information for the entire family. Our senior director of education, who has facilitated workshops at national conferences and is a leadership team member of the statewide Pennsylvania Partnership for Healthy Youth, will brilliantly engage the audience and leave them with enough knowledge to take back to their respective agencies and communities.

Educating and sharing the information on getting tested and healthy behavior can begin to stem the increased number of sexually transmitted diseases. Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced an increase in cases of Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. One in two sexually active people in the U.S. will get an STD at some point, and most won’t know it because many STDs have no symptoms. “Getting tested for STDs is a basic and important component of staying healthy and taking care of your body,” said Leslie K. Brown, interim president/CEO of Planned Parenthood Keystone. “We are proud to be part of the GYT effort in Monroe County.” The prevention of STDs is a core part of Planned Parenthood’s health services and education efforts nationally. In 2015, Planned Parenthood Keystone reached more than 10,000 men, women and young people through its education programs. Nationwide, more than 1.5 million people were reached. In 2015, Planned Parenthood Keystone provided more than 52,000 tests and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases – 2900 in Stroudsburg; while nationwide, more than 4.2 million tests and treatments were provided.

Nearly 20 million new infections occur each year, and half are among the nation’s youth. Almost all STDs, including HIV, are treatable and many are curable. The sooner your status is known, the sooner you can begin treatment. “The cost of untreated STDs like Chlamydia and gonorrhea is often infertility. We are grateful to be able to offer free STD testing vouchers to those attending the workshop on April 21st. Our goal is to provide this healthy approach to residents in Monroe County,” concluded Brown.

Planned Parenthood Keystone operates a medical center at 28 North Seventh Street in Stroudsburg. The Healthy Stroudsburg event is on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at the CLU Social Club – 265 S. Courtland Street, East Stroudsburg from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. For more information on attending, please contact 484.929.3306.

 

June 13, 2015 ( Lancaster Online) Birth control a help to women and their families for 50 years

Sunday marked the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision that offered constitutional protection for birth control. Griswold v. Connecticut paved the way for almost unanimous acceptance of contraception that now exists in this country. The impact of this case is worth considering as we look at how women’s lives have been transformed. Read the complete article here.

May 15, 2015 ( Harrisburg, PA) Bi-Partisan Women’s Health Caucus Introduces Agenda for Women’s Health 2015 - Legislative package promotes healthy families, and ends inequalities women face

Planned Parenthood Keystone endorsed a new state legislative package that focuses on making real improvements in the health and lives of Pennsylvania women and families, including protections in the workplace, at home, and at health care facilities statewide. The Pennsylvania Agenda for Women’s Health was unveiled today to kickoff National Women’s Health Week, May 10 – 16.

“Planned Parenthood Keystone is proud to be a part of the coalition that worked diligently to prioritize the issues and conditions standing in the way of a successful and healthy life experience in Pennsylvania,” said Leslie K. Brown, interim president/CEO of Planned Parenthood Keystone. “With each bill that is introduced, we are one step closer to improving the lives for women and their families.”

Measures unveiled would provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers, secure employer-provided sanitary conditions for nursing mothers, ensure patient trust by protecting the doctor-patient relationship and establish a Women Veteran’s Health Care Task Force. The Agenda for Women’s Health also addressed the issues dealing with economic fairness in the workplace, and issues of domestic violence.

Brown commended several local legislators who are either sponsoring or co-sponsoring the measure in the package of bills, and those who support the initiatives as members of the bipartisan Women’s Health Caucus. The Caucus has spearheaded the legislative push since 2013. Since then, three initiatives passed and two have bills that have been signed into law, including equitable protections for domestic violence victims (Act 200 of 2014), and the banning of intimate partner harassment (Act 115 of 2014). Among the local legislators giving remarks at the unveiling were:
            Sen. Judith L. Schwank, Berks
           Sen. Rob Teplitz, Dauphin, York
            Rep. Frank A. Farry, Bucks
            Rep. Sheryl M. Delozier, Cumberland
            Rep. Patty Kim, Dauphin
“We will work to encourage the passage of more bills from the PA Agenda for Women’s Health,” concluded Brown.

April 22, 2015 (Trexlertown, PA) Free, rapid HIV testing offered in Bensalem and Bristol

“More than 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV, and almost one in six don’t know they are infected. Removing the cost is just one barrier that should bring residents closer to knowing their status,” stated Leslie K. Brown, Interim CEO of Planned Parenthood Keystone. “Getting tested is an important step in stopping the spread of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.”
Planned Parenthood is one of the nation’s leading HIV testing providers. Planned Parenthood Keystone regularly provides affordable, convenient HIV testing and is excited to be able to offer free Rapid HIV testing at these two medical centers.
Getting tested for HIV is simply a basic part of taking care of your health and your body – and it is easier than ever before. Rapid HIV testing is quick, simple, and painless. The test can provide results as quickly as 20 minutes by swabbing the inside of the mouth.
“Once you know your status, there is a lot you can do to protect your health,” concluded Brown. "The sooner you know, the sooner you can begin a protocol of treatment and education if necessary.”
Contact Selina Winchester at 610.628.0609 or swinchester@planitpa.org for more information. Learn more here about free HIV testing.


February 25, 2015 (Trexlertown, PA) A Statement from Planned Parenthood Keystone on Gov. Wolf’s Decision to Expand the Medicaid Program
Thanks to the recent decision by Governor Tom Wolf, access to healthcare has improved for many Pennsylvania women. Last week, the new governor announced plans to extend the Medicaid insurance program, making almost half of a million more Pennsylvanians - 190,000 of them women - eligible for health care coverage.
Pennsylvania was one of several states that initially did not expand the Medicaid program through the Affordable Care Act, even though the costs would be picked up by the federal government. Instead, the HealthyPA program was introduced, which upon review, proved to be costly and more difficult for individuals to qualify for coverage. The expansion of the Medicaid program in PA is good news to the tens of thousands of women who now have access to critical preventive and primary health care services including life-saving cervical cancer screenings, breast health exams, and the full range of contraceptive options.
Women in Pennsylvania have waited long enough for Medicaid expansion. We are grateful that among his first acts as governor, Tom Wolf corrected a major mistake.

Leslie Brown, Interim CEO, Planned Parenthood Keystone

February 18, 2015 (Trexlertown, PA) Statement From Planned Parenthood Keystone On The University Of Scranton’s Decision To End All Abortion Insurance Coverage

 “The University of Scranton’s decision displays a cruel indifference to the women who work there. When a woman enrolls in an insurance plan, goes to the hospital, or visits her doctor, she should be confident that she’ll get the best care possible. She shouldn’t have to worry that religious restrictions will be allowed to trump her health.”
“That’s especially the case here, given the university’s decision to rescind a very narrow but vital portion of its plan. The previous coverage, which was part of the university’s policy since the 1990s, did not grant full access to safe, legal abortion. Rather, it was limited and narrow in scope, covering abortion only in cases of rape, incest and to preserve the life of the mother.”
“So with this decision, where is the university’s compassion for the woman who may endure tragic physical health complications, or who may suffer a difficult or violent situation? Religious restrictions put a woman’s health at risk --- often offering her less health care, less information, and fewer options when she may need them most. And decisions like this only serve to marginalize women who are faced with the deeply personal and complex decision to have an abortion.”
You can read about the University of Scranton’s decision here: https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2015/02/16/u-scranton-moves-end-all-abortion-coverage 

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