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Blue Mountain Clinic Inc

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Causes: Community Clinics, Health

Mission: The mission of blue mountain clinic is to provide access to safe, affordable reproductive and primary health care; to provide education on health,reproductive choices and sexuality; to advocate for policies that improve reproductive justice and correct health disparities; and to empower individuals to actively participate in their health care.

Programs: Blue mountain clinic (bmc) features quality clinicians and experienced staff who provide: family practice - general medical services, pediatrics, mens health, and on-site lab servicessexual and reproductive healthcare , including vasectomy and cervical cancer treatmentmental health counseling lgbt primary care and counseling first trimester abortion and counselingbmc has provided access to first trimester abortion care with an emphasis on options counseling and birth control selection for 38 years. In 2014, bmc was voted "best health clinic" and dr. Ravitz was voted "best doctor" for the 7th year in a row in the missoula independent's reader's poll "best of missoula" awards. Also during the year, the fundraiser entitled "off the rack" was again a great success. Over 900 supporters attended this fundraising fashion event designed to promote healthy sexuality that goes beyond barriers, gender and stigma. During 2014, bmc continued to expanded outreach efforts to activate support for and expand access to healthcare for all montana area residents. We joined with the montana family practice residency program to train resident doctors within our family practice setting. Many of these residents will eventually practice in rural montana areas. Continued steps were taken to create a network of advocates in rural health care delivery settings, to increase prevention awareness to underserved regions of montana and surrounding states, and to improve access to women seeking care by identifying resources to offset financial constraints. Finally, our outreach/education coordinator doubled the amount of student-led discussions about issues that are pertinent to them. Topics included bullying, birth control, healthy sexuality, bystander intervention, and substance abuse. Each year, bmc staff participates in 20-35 activities for education, advocacy and outreach. Ongoing initiatives include bmc's montana access project launched askmap, started in july 2010, an sms(text) and web-based hotline to provide information on sexual health, education and resources. Users can send or text a question confidentially and anonymously and get answers and resources from a clinical professional using a technological medium that helps reduce shame and embarrassment. Bmc sees about 9,000 patient visits every year. These visits breakdown as follows:family practice - 68%, gynecology, contraceptive and sexual health - 18%, mental health counseling - 6%, abortion care - 8%

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