On January 1, 2015, the Virginia League for Planned Parenthood (VLPP) and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Virginia (PPSEV) merged into one non-profit organization. The merged affiliate will retain The Virginia League for Planned Parenthood name and Paulette McElwain, long-standing Chief Executive Officer of VLPP, will oversee the expanded organization.
The service area of the merged affiliate will extend to encompass the Richmond and Hampton Roads metro areas. The merger presents opportunities for expanding health and education services in new locations to reach women and men in underserved communities.
As an organization, we are stronger than ever. The communities in Central and Southeast Virginia are growing, and we are growing as an organization to meet the health needs of our communities from annual exams to flu shots to treatment of cervical precancerous conditions to chronic disease management.
In the coming year, primary care services, testing and treatment of precancerous cervical conditions, and sexuality education services will expand into new communities in our combined service area. In all, the newly merged affiliate will provide essential health care services to more than 20,000 women, men and young people across Central and Southeastern Virginia. These services include lifesaving breast and cervical cancer screenings, HIV tests, and birth control to help families plan and space their pregnancies, as well as high quality abortion services for a woman to consider as an option if and when she needs to.
This is an exciting moment for our organization, and we look forward to the opportunity to meet the needs of our patients, supporters, and staff. Regardless of what anti-women’s health legislators or advocates throw our way, we will continue to provide the compassionate, nonjudgmental care Planned Parenthood is known for, no matter what.