The Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health

Rating: 5 stars   2 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Health, Reproductive Rights

Location: PO Box 40472 Portland OR 97240 USA

Mission: The Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health (OFRH) is committed to the prevention of unintended pregnancies through the Emergency Birth Control (EBC) Access Project. The project is designed to increase access to, and awareness of, Emergency Birth Control, through three education and outreach components – to pharmacists, to health care providers, and to consumers as well as the general public.
Results: OFRH has had considerable success with the EBC access efforts thus far. OFRH first focused on pharmacists, who are on the front line of access, as EBC can be sold by the pharmacist over-the-counter without a prescription. We worked with the Oregon Board of Pharmacy to secure one of the premier policies in the country designed to prevent pharmacy refusals. We also worked with the Oregon Department of Human Services to develop a reimbursement plan for pharmacists dispensing to low-income women and co-sponsored, with the Oregon State Pharmacy Association, an education program that trained over 400 pharmacists through a traveling training module and one-on-one project pharmacist outreach. This training and education has increased the number of pharmacies stocking and dispensing EBC in rural Oregon by almost 40% to date. Borders Perrin and Norrander developed our public education campaign pro-bono, including volunteer models and photographer. With the benefit of their professional design work, we did an initial printing and have distributed over 2,000 educational pieces to reproductive age women in Lane and Marion Counties, and an equal number of materials on college campuses, and through community organizations. We also do direct outreach and distribution to primary care providers and pharmacists in rural areas encouraging them to display our posters and educational materials in their waiting rooms or service areas.
Target demographics: Rural & Underserved Oregon Women
Geographic areas served: Oregon

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I have served on the Board of the Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health (OFRH) since 2005, and have very much enjoyed working with the staff and other volunteers. Most importantly, I have been thrilled to be part of an organization that make such a difference in women's lives. With grant funds and individual donations, we have implemented a successful Emergency Birth Control (EBC) Access Project to increase awareness of EBC as a second chance to prevent pregnancy. OFRH is a statewide organization, but has focused efforts in rural areas where access to reproductive health care is most challenging.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

To date, we have provided EBC education to over 400 Oregon pharmacists with demonstrated success in increasing knowledge and stocking/dispensing practices (pre/post surveys).

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with such passionate people to make such important improvements to women's health.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

enthusiastic, fun and tremendously dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make sure women throughout Oregon had knowledge about and access to reproductive health care - everything from how to prevent pregnancy to having healthy babies to staying healthy throughout their lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

The OFRH is a wonderful organization, working towards ensuring Oregon women have access to reproductive healthcare as well as Emergency Birth Control (EBC). OFRH does not provide direct services, but rather is helping to educate pharmacists and healthcare providers regarding EBC. They are currently conducting training sessions as well as compliance checks to ensure that pharmacists are following the rules regarding the dispensation of EBC. Their work is invaluable in helping Oregonians get much needed reproductive healthcare. The "Liberty Auction" is the major yearly fundraiser for OFRH, and is always fun. I've helped out 3 or 4 times over the past 6 years, and have always enjoyed working with the OFRH folks and meeting the people who come to their auction.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working at events and hearing people's stories about how OFRH has helped educate them about Reproductive Health options in Oregon.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It's always fun to volunteer with them. Tabling at events during the summer, hosting discussion groups about reproductive health, or working on mailing out educational materials.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderful, progressive and enthusiastic.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

rule the world! Okay, maybe not, but it could help reach far more of the rural Oregon population, and help ensure that they have access to reproductive healthcare.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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