Mission: Planned parenthood's mission is to ensure that every child is a wanted child, and to protect reproductive health by providing comprehensive, medically accurate sex education and quality health care, while advocating for the rights of women, men, and families.
Programs: Clinical services - we provide affordable, quailty family planning services for women of childbearing age who are in need. The population served is low-income and unisured or under-insured women with limited access to family planning services. Low-income and minority women have greater difficulities than other women in avoiding unplanned pregnancy due to the disparities in access and affordability to critical preventive services. Making sure that contraceptives are affordable and accessable for economically vulnerable female-headed households with children and/or girls from economically vulnerable households is one of the best ways to help this high-risk group avoid unintended pregnancy. Sexual and reproductive health and delaying child-bearing are important components of a healthy life for women. They lead to broader choices in life, empowerment and a chance to escape from the poverty that afflicts so many of the world's women. The organization's goal is that women optimize their health, make healthy choices and have access to quality family planning services when they need it. We deliver care based on a community health center model, where clients can walk into our health center without an appointment and be seen at any time during office hours. Our fee scale reduces the financial barrier to low-income and uninsured women, assuring access to women in need. Clients are asked their income level and family size, and the fee is determined based on where they fall on the federal poverty level table. We accept medicaid and commerical insurance if the client has it. (and it is important to note that even our full fee is only 65% of a private physician's office. )our health centers also provide basic gynecological are including: physical exams, birth control methods, cancer and hypertension screening, sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment, hiv testing and counseling, medical referral, and health education and promotion.
public policy - our advocacy efforts are organized around goals to ensure: that all women have access to safe, legal abortion; and, that all young people have access to comprehensive, medically accurate sex education.
community education and outreach: we provide community education and outreach to individuals and groups through schools, youth programs, social, civic and religious organizations. Programs include providing education sessions, coordinating volunteer activities, and attending health fairs, college and community events, anywhere we can reach our core audience to share information about health and wellness. In-school health education program: a comprehensive sex education program brought to upper elementary, middle, and high school students in the atlanta area. Teen action group (tag): a peer education, community service and leadership training program for teens between the ages of 15 and 18. Tag members are given extensive training on both content and teaching techniques, and then they provide education sessions for their peers. Boys to men - regional youth detention center: a teen pregnancy prevention and youth development program for adolescent males offered at two youth detention centers in atlanta. Boys to men - school and after-school programs: a teen pregnancy prevention and youth development program for adolescent males offered in schools and after-school programs in the atlanta area.
training and technical assistance - reproductive health training for educators, community groups, etc. And training of agency volunteers.
I used the health services of PP when I was in college and couldn't afford anything else. I was so thankful there was a place I could go! Women (and men) should have control over their own bodies. I believe in the mission of Planned Parenthood, and now that I can make a contribution to help others, I'm doing so.