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Thank you for your interest in Planned Parenthood of Orange & San Bernardino Counties (PPOSBC). We appreciate you thinking of us. Below, you will find links and answers to questions commonly asked by students for project purposes. 

FAQs

What is the nature and purpose of the agency?

PPOSBC provides essential reproductive health care, comprehensive primary care, nutrition services, and education programs to more than 208,000 people each year, regardless of their personal circumstances or ability to pay.

How large is the organization?

PPOSBC operates nine health centers: six in Orange County, three in San Bernardino County. In Orange County only, there are three main WIC sites with several satellite locations. Currently there are roughly 450 employees between the health centers and administrative offices.

What are the types of services provided?

Planned Parenthood provides high-quality reproductive health care services including life-saving cervical cancer screenings and breast exams, STD testing and treatment, all forms of birth control, emergency contraception, HPV vaccines,  UTI treatment, and more. In Orange and San Bernardino Counties, Planned Parenthood also offers comprehensive primary care services through Melody Health.  PPOSBC is the only affiliate in the nation to partner with WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) which provides breastfeeding support and nutrition education and support to  pregnant and parenting participants.

The Community Education and Outreach department provides age-appropriate, medically accurate, comprehensive and inclusive sexual and reproductive health education programs to over 25,000 youth, parents/caring adults, and professionals each year. The Public Affairs department handles all the political and advocacy work to protect and promote the fundamental right of all individuals to make their own health decisions.

How is Planned Parenthood funded?

Like any other health care provider, Planned Parenthood receives reimbursements for the medical services they provide. Here at PPOSBC, nearly 80% of Planned Parenthood patients rely on federal or state funds for care, including Medi-Cal or Family PACT.

Where are your Health Centers located?

We have 9 Health Centers located throughout Orange and San Bernardino Counties. Six in Orange County, and three in San Bernardino County. Our locations can be found here.

Does your organization require parental consent in order for minors to participate in your programs?

Under California law, minors can access reproductive health care, obtain birth control, and receive abortion services without parental notification or parental consent at any age. To consent to and obtain STI testing and treatment without parental notification, minors must be 12 years or older. Additionally, PPOSBC offers comprehensive sexual and reproductive health education to youth in schools, community-based programs, and other settings. Requirements for parental notification for this education varies by setting.   

Do you provide HIV testing and treatment?

PPOSBC provides rapid HIV testing at our Health Centers. Patients receive their results within the same appointment and counseling is provided, if necessary.

We do not offer HIV treatment at our Health Centers but we do provide referrals to other healthcare organizations that do through our Community Resource Guide.

Do you provide STI treatment and care services?

PPOSBC provides testing for most sexually transmitted infections through urine tests, swabs, and visual exams for various STIs. Treatment, counseling and prevention strategies are provided and discussed as needed. 

Do you offer services other than sexual/reproductive health services?

PPOSBC is the only affiliate in the nation to partner with WIC (Women, Infants, and Children). WIC provides breastfeeding support, nutrition education, and monthly food stipends through e-WIC cards to qualifying pregnant persons and/or parents of children ages 5 and under.

PPOSBC also offers primary care at seven of the nine health centers throughout Orange and San Bernardino Counties through Melody Health. Patients can receive comprehensive primary care from the providers they know and trust at Planned Parenthood. Services include, but are not limited to:

  • Annual Checkups
  • Wellness Consultation
  • Allergies and asthma
  • Cough and Flu
  • Family planning
  • STI testing and treatment
  • Flu shots and immunizations
  • Headache/migraine care
  • Minor injuries
  • Acne

For a complete list of PPOSBC programs, services, and list of community resources, visit www.pposbc.org. We also provide support resources in our Community Resource Guide.

What methods are employed by the agency in facilitating Health Education programming?

PPOSBC’s education programs are developed through the ecological model. We create medically-informed curriculum with accurate information. We consistently do quality checks on our presentations and visuals to stay up to date on medically accurate information.

We actively seek feedback on our curriculum through our Peer Educators to find out what we might need to change in our content to better engage with youth. We also do pre- and post-surveys in our presentations to measure if students have gained knowledge on the topic.

What staff is involved in the Health Education program(s), and what is their educational background and work experience?

The Health Education staff are diverse and have at least a Bachelor degree and typically  majored in Public Health, Gender Studies, Sociology, and/or Social Sciences. All have either school or professional experience with public speaking.

How do you measure success of Health Education programs?

We measure success through outcome reports, which track trends and data that we collect throughout the year. This data is analyzed to determine what methods are effective and what needs improvement for the next fiscal year.

What is the target population that you serve?

Planned Parenthood of Orange & San Bernardino Counties provides high-quality, affordable health care to all regardless of personal circumstances or ability to pay.

Is there a fee for your services?

PPOSBC offers services at low or no cost. Fees are determined on a sliding scale, based on income and family size. All services are provided at the lowest cost possible, and patients can call anytime to discuss payment options. We accept Medi-Cal, many kinds of private insurance, and Family PACT, a California program that covers family planning services. If someone doesn’t have insurance, affordable coverage options may be available for them. PPOSBC will never turn a patient away for their inability to pay.  

Additional Resources

  • The Guttmacher Institute has statistical information and studies on many different sexual and reproductive health topics, such as teen pregnancy, contraceptive use, and abortion rates.
  • Advocates for Youth has a research center that compiles recent reports about sexuality and reproductive health.
  • The Center for Disease Control has up-to-date information on STDs in the United States. They have factual information about each STD as well as rates and statistics.
  • The National Abortion Federation has up-to-date information about abortion across the country.
  • Planned Parenthood Federation of America provides information on parental consent and notification laws by stateabortion options, every type of birth control, and about each STD and who should get checked for STDs.

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