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Thank you for your interest in Planned Parenthood of Orange & San Bernardino Counties. Below, you will find answers to questions commonly asked by students for project purposes. 

FAQs

What is the nature and purpose of the agency?

Planned Parenthood of Orange & San Bernardino Counties provides confidential, affordable, high-quality health care. We protect and promote the fundamental right of all individuals to make their own personal health decisions. We provide comprehensive health education and information, which enables individuals to make responsible and informed choices. We believe that respect and value for diversity in all aspects of our work are essential to achieving this mission.

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.

What are the types of services provided?

Planned Parenthood provides high-quality reproductive health care, education, and advocacy. In Orange and San Bernardino Counties, Planned Parenthood also offers comprehensive primary care and WIC services, including breastfeeding support and nutrition education.

Reproductive health services include life-saving cervical cancer screenings and breast exams, STD testing and treatment, all forms of birth control, emergency contraception, HPV vaccines, and UTI treatment.

How is Planned Parenthood funded?

Like any other health care provider, Planned Parenthood receives reimbursements for the medical services they provide. Here at Planned Parenthood of Orange & San Bernardino Counties, nearly 80% of Planned Parenthood patients rely on federal or state funds for care, including Medi-Cal or FamilyPACT.

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?

We provide rapid HIV testing at our Health Centers. Patients receive their results within the same appointment and counseling 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?

We provide STI testing through urine tests, swabs, and visual exams for various STIs and counseling if necessary. We also provide several resources through our Community Resource Guide.

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

PPOSBC is the only affiliate in the nation to have a sister program with WIC (Women, Infants, and Children). At WIC, we provide monthly food stipends through our WIC cards, nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion, and support to all pregnant persons and/or parents with children ages 5 and under.

PPOSBC also offers primary care through Melody Health at 7 of our Health Centers. At Melody Health, we believe that everyone should have access to high-quality, comprehensive care from a provider they trust. Since we at PPOSBC are experts in reproductive health, we believe patients deserve that same level of expertise and understanding in their primary care provider. That’s why we opened Melody Health where patients can get all of the basic care needed from the people 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?

Our 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 also 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?

All of our Health Education staff typically have at least bachelor’s degrees. Many majored in Public Health, Gender Studies, Sociology, and/or Social Sciences. However, we have many staff with diverse majors and backgrounds. All have 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.

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