Planned Parenthood has been providing high quality health care services and education in the Imperial Valley for more than a year at our beautiful, modern health center.
The health services and sexual health education that Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest provides in this underserved region is critical and necessary to help meet the high demand for safe and accessible care in this community. “Expanded access to health care in Imperial Valley is a major accomplishment, but this is just the beginning,” said Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest President and CEO Darrah DiGiorgio Johnson. “We are dedicated to reducing the rates of unintended pregnancies in this region in the years to come, and providing vital health care services to the people of this region for generations to come.”
Imperial County faces a disproportional lack of access to quality health care. Additionally, Imperial County faces the third highest teen birth rates in all of California, according to the California Department of Public Health.
Over the last year, Planned Parenthood has provided more than 2,200 people in the Imperial Valley with reproductive health care services including birth control, STD testing and treatment, lifesaving cancer screenings, emergency contraceptives and abortion. Planned Parenthood is a trusted health care provider in this region thanks in large part to their highly trained medical providers, a welcoming, state-of-the-art health center, and for being the standard for quality reproductive health care.
Even before the health center opened last year, Planned Parenthood educators and community engagement teams were on the ground providing education and outreach to Imperial Valley residents. Planned Parenthood’s [email protected] program meets people where they are and allows community leaders who are already trusted in their regions to provide health education at bus stops, health fairs, laundromats, door to door, and wherever they are needed. Since 2009, more than 10,000 people received sexual and reproductive health education and information from the organization.
“The services and education we provide in Imperial Valley are making a big impact on people’s lives and our community,” said Vivian Perez, the Imperial Valley Health Center manager. “I look forward to seeing people live healthy lives, and seeing teen birth rates decrease in the future because of the work Planned Parenthood is doing today.”