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(Sept. 26, 2016) York, Pa. PPKey's York LGBTQA+ youth group is referenced in this article by Sabrina Valenti.

Recovery is possible, treatment is effective and no one who suffers from a mental health or substance use disorder should ever feel hopeless. That’s the focus and the message of National Recovery Month, celebrated in September to raise awareness about mental health and substance use disorders and celebrate those who recover.

Studies have shown that LGBTQ individuals are 2.5 times more likely to have a mental health disorder at some point in their lives when compared to heterosexuals.

One community that faces unique challenges for recovery is the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer -- or LGBTQ -- community. Studies, such as this one from Columbia University, have shown that LGBTQ individuals are 2.5 times more likely to have a mental health disorder at some point in their lives when compared to heterosexuals. Lesbian women are more likely to experience major mental health disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder and major depression than straight women, and LGBTQ young adults abuse substances at a rate that is up to three times higher than heterosexuals. Continue reading article here.


(Sept. 26, 2016) Allentown, Pa. – National Voter Registration Day is a celebration of the right to vote and of the importance of being registered. It is a non-partisan, collaborative effort to make information about registering to vote inescapable for one day. National Voter Registration Day will create opportunities to reach thousands who could not be reached otherwise and educate more Americans than ever before, bringing new voters into the fold. This year, National Voter Registration Day is being celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. 

“Voting is a right that must be protected, and it is one of the most powerful ways for people to have their voices heard,” said Melissa Reed, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Keystone. “That’s why we’re out there making sure people are registered to vote, so that their voice will be sure to count.”

Planned Parenthood Keystone’s numerous voter registration efforts are looping in volunteers and community partners across their 37-county affiliate.  The over 30 events planned include voter registration activities at universities from Penn State Harrisburg to Franklin and Marshall to Millersville, to organizations like POWER Northeast and Promise Neighborhoods Easton, to First Friday celebrations and Penn State games.  

“Planned Parenthood Keystone sees over 35,000 patients each year, and across the country, Planned Parenthood medical centers see 2.5 million patients annually,” said Reed. “Many of these people are young voters, people of color, and low-income families — the same people who face hurdles when trying to participate in the political process. Voting is a fundamental right and a great way to participate in our democracy. That’s why we’re working to ensure that everyone — regardless of their positions or partisan leanings — become part of the political process and seize their power. Let’s ensure that every voice is heard and every vote is counted.”

(Sept. 13, 2016) Allentown, Pa. – Planned Parenthood affiliates across Pennsylvania praise the Obama Administration for proposing a new rule that would protect basic health care for nearly 4 million people, including thousands in Pennsylvania, by once again making it clear that politically motivated efforts to block women from accessing care at Planned Parenthood and other providers violate federal law.

The rule would ensure those most in need --- those who have very low incomes or lack health insurance --- still have access to lifesaving care such as cancer screenings, birth control, STI testing and treatment, and well-woman exams. This includes 100,000 people in Pennsylvania who rely on Planned Parenthood and other trusted providers for care through Title X, the federal family planning program for low-income individuals.

“Over the last year, politicians in 24 states, including Pennsylvania, have been trying to take away women’s access to basic health care at Planned Parenthood and other trusted women’s health providers. This rule is timely and essential. At Planned Parenthood, we believe every person deserves access to quality, affordable health care from a provider they know and trust. No one should have their access to basic health care taken away because of someone else’s political beliefs,” said Melissa Reed, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Keystone.

“This proposed regulation makes it clear that politicians cannot ignore the law and prevent women from getting the care they need at Planned Parenthood and other trusted providers. For many, not being able to get care at Planned Parenthood would mean that they don’t get care at all.  Many Planned Parenthood health centers are located in communities where there aren't enough doctors and nurses, especially those that focus on women's health care,” said Dayle Steinberg, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania.

“The Obama Administration is making sure no one stands in the way of the care that women need. For our patients, this proposed rule will protect their ability to access birth control to plan their pregnancies and their future. It means getting cancer screenings and STD tests that save lives, without politicians getting in the way. With the threat of Zika, this care is even more critical. Thanks to the Obama administration, people in Pennsylvania and across the country can get the care they need to stay healthy,” said Kim Evert, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania.

Planned Parenthood Keystone provides quality care to over 35,000 women, men, and young people every year.

The proposed rule re-enforces existing protections in the Title X family planning program that prohibit states from discriminating against women’s health providers. The Obama Administration’s proposed rule makes it clear that it is against the law for states to prevent low-income women from accessing preventive health care through the Title X program at Planned Parenthood or other women’s health centers on the basis that they also provide abortion.

This rule will help to ensure millions of women can still get basic health care --- things like life-saving cancer screenings, birth control, STD testing, and well woman exams --- in the face of political attacks. Title X, the nation’s family planning program, is meant to ensure that every person, regardless of where she lives, how much money she makes, or whether or not she has health insurance has access to basic, preventive reproductive health care.

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)

Continue reading article here.  


 

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.

 

 

 


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