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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Family Planning, Health, Reproductive Health Care, Reproductive Rights

Mission: Boulder Valley Women's Health Center's mission is to provide accessible, confidential and comprehensive gynecological and reproductive healthcare, including sexual health services and education.

Target demographics: provide reproductive and sexual health services to adults and teens of all genders

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 4,000 people with subsidized reproductive healthcare services and reached over 6,000 youth with comprehensive sexuality education.

Geographic areas served: Boulder County, Colorado, with clinic locations in Boulder and Longmont

Programs: Family planning and gynecology program: the family planning and gynecology program offers comprehensive reproductive and sexual health care services within this specialized scope of practice. Services are available at clinics in longmont and boulder, co. All services in this program are provided on a sliding fee scale according to the patient's income. Private insurance and medicaid are also accepted. The expansion of insurance eligibility in 2014 under the affordable care act resulted in a significant increase in program revenue and better access to expanded healthcare for our patients. Advanced practice nurses (apns) provide well- woman care, prescribe and dispense birth control that best meets the needs of the patient, including long acting reversible methods of contraception. Men and women can be screened and tested for sexually transmitted infections and receive appropriate treatment when necessary. Women requiring gynecology services beyond the scope of practice of the apn are seen by a board-certified gynecologist for diagnosis and treatment. Transgender people can receive hormonal transition therapy. Permanent methods of contraception are available in-house for women and men. Women's health strives to remove barriers to healthcare access by providing specialized outreach and education for mono-lingual spanish speakers, youth and other marginalized populations. Some clinic hours are reserved to serve youth exclusively. In addition, women's health provided comprehensive sexual health education to 8,880 students in 2014. A collaborative program with the boulder county aids project provides interested youth with an opportunity to volunteer as a peer educator in the shape (sexual health and aids awareness peer education) program. Another collaborative program is the home-based contraception program that provides in-home injectable birth control to already-parenting teens in order to decrease the likelihood of a subsequent pregnancy during the teen years, a project with boulder county public health's genesis program. Women's health also provides education to younger siblings of genesis participants through the genesister program. Women's health provided healthcare services in the family planning and gynecology program to almost 4,300 people in 2014. The unintended pregnancy rate for patients seeking to avoid pregnancy was 1%, much lower than the 5% rate of reproductive age women in the u. S. Who experience an unintended pregnancy each year.

abortion program: for over 40 years, women's health has provided first trimester abortion services. Experienced medical staff provide ultrasound dating and in-office procedures or medication abortions (that are completed in the privacy of the patient's home). Masters-prepared counselors meet individually with each patient prior to the procedure to provide support and education. As a national abortion federation member (naf), women's health meets all the standards for high quality abortion care that naf requires of its members. Abortion care is provided on a fee for service basis, however, for those who have financial difficulty paying for the procedure, our reproductive equality fund and other funding sources can be utilized to offset the cost. Highly effective, long-acting, reversible contraception can be provided without charge at the time of the in-office procedure to those who qualify financially, thus reducing the likelihood of a subsequent unwanted pregnancy.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Boulder Valley Women's Health Center is a wonderful, inclusive reproductive health clinic. They serve disadvantaged populations as well as fully insured women, men and teens. They offer a full range of reproductive health care and preventative care including birth control, std screenings, vasectomies and abortions in a safe, caring, non-judgmental space. They offer sliding scale payments and never turn anyone away for inability to pay. They are active in their community and participate in many local events, partnering with other local groups to support women's rights, gay rights, civil rights and human rights in general.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Inclusive, affordable and high quality! This clinic is amazing and has provided the best doctor experience I've ever had. The providers are so personal and caring, I'll keep coming back!

Client Served

Rating: 1

This place is terrible. They are rude, disrespectful and uncaring. You will feel even worse than you did walking in. Steer clear.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Women's Health was a great place for me to go after college. I did not have a job that came with insurance after college and i needed a place to to go for my health concerns and health wellness. They were so friendly and affordable. I am now back almost a decade later as a board member so i can give back and support a great local health center that was there for my when i was in need! Also the teen education program is awesome!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Boulder Valley Women's Health Center is a vital resource for women -- particularly teens and younger women -- and men (yes, men too) who need reproductive and family planning health services. They are the only provider that has a sliding fee scale for these services -- which is in part why they need -- and deserve -- community support. BVWH Center also offers educational programs in area high schools. Great programs all around with experienced professional staff!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a Board Member of Boulder Valley Women's Health Center (WH) since 2008, and am now President of the Board. I joined the WH board primarily because of Susan Levy, who is the most dedicated and brilliant Executive Directors I have ever met. I was also a strong believer in the mission of the organization -- to provide comprehensive sexual and gynecological health care and education to girls and women of every age, income level and persuasion, regardless of their immigrant or financial status.

I attended a sexual health education class at Boulder High School this spring, and was amazed at the level of candor by the teacher and the students, and the quality, completeness and honesty expressed.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

We reach women and teens who would not have access to reproductive health services, and we do so with incredible respect and sensitivity to cultural differences.
My very favorite aspect of our work is our presentations to high school students---over 270 last year. It's a credit to our staff that students are so candid about their questions and issues. Imagine the number of teens we reach in 270 large classes!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Boulder Valley Women's Health Center has provided high quality health care to many who can't afford it. I appreciate that they combine education with health care services, particularly for teens.