PPSNE presents Honoring the Champions of Women’s Health at the Roger Williams Park Casino on November 13.
(Providence, R.I.) – On Thursday, November 13, 2014 Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (PPSNE) will present Honoring the Champions of Women’s Health. The event will take place at the Rogers Williams Park Casino in Providence, Rhode Island at 6:30 p.m.
Now in its second year, this event celebrates the work of several remarkable members of our community who have worked toward safeguarding women’s health. Being honored at the event will be Liz Chace, Dr. Bennie Y. Fleming and Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts.
“We are proud to honor three extraordinary community members who have worked tirelessly on behalf of all Rhode Island women,” said Judy Tabar President & CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. “We are looking forward to a wonderful evening of camaraderie, fellowship and purpose. It will be an unforgettable event.”
Chace was a founding member of the Providence Corporation and deeply involved with the Concentrated Employment Program, Wiggins Village and the Opportunities Industrialization Center. Chace has long advocated for women and children through her intense commitment to the community.
“Every person deserves access to quality medical care. PPSNE has proven they can deliver this kind of care and I am proud to be associated with them,” Chace said.
Fleming has seen the impact of teen pregnancy on many of her students during her career as a teacher and school administrator. This inspired her to develop a peer educators program at Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. She joined the PPSNE board in 1993 and served as chair from 2001-2003. Fleming was elected to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) board in 2006, and served for six years.
“My involvement with Planned Parenthood has made me a better human being,” Fleming said.
Roberts was inaugurated as lieutenant governor of Rhode Island in 2007, making history as the first female elected to the position. She was re-elected to a second term in January 2011. Roberts served five terms in the Rhode Island Senate from 1996 until 2006 and prior to taking office, she spent over a decade distinguishing herself as an advocate for quality, affordable health care for every family.
“It’s important to have a full range of affordable health services available to Rhode Islanders. PPSNE plays a vital role in providing care to the community at large, making sure that the unique health needs of women are always met,” Roberts said.
Rhode Islanders strongly support reproductive health care, access and rights. A poll commissioned by PPSNE showed an overwhelming 93 percent of Rhode Island voters say it is important for women in Rhode Island to have access to all of the reproductive health care options available to them. A full 85 percent express support for all available options, including abortion. This belief is equally true among women and men.
All proceeds from Honoring the Champions of Women’s Health will go to care for PPSNE patients who receive high quality health care, regardless of their ability to pay. Annually, PPSNE serves nearly 70,000 women, men and teens, providing a range of critical, life-saving health care services, including breast cancer screenings, Pap tests, birth control, and STD/STI testing and treatment.
Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (PPSNE) is one of the region’s largest providers of family planning and reproductive health care services. Since 1923, PPSNE has evolved into an organization with 18 health centers in Connecticut and Rhode Island, delivering care to nearly 70,000 patients annually, and 90 percent of the services provided are preventive.