Planned Parenthood South Atlantic
We proactively ensure comprehensive reproductive health care: by providing services in settings that preserve and protect the right to privacy and reproductive choice; by advocating public policies that advance these rights and expand access to such services; by providing educational programs that fosters a culture of healthy sexuality; by working with and meeting the needs of diverse communities and the under-served; and by leading broad-based strategies that further these fundamental rights.
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Planned Parenthood South Atlantic is the result of the merger of two strong affiliates, and now we are stronger and more efficient than ever and poised for growth despite our many political challenges. We are investing heavily in our unified infrastructure and working hard to create a first-class experience for our patients.
We serve more than 40,000 women, men, and young people every year, but we know the need for our health care services is much greater. While the teen pregnancy rate has gone down dramatically across the country, in large part because of effective teen pregnancy prevention programs like ours, we know the need for our education services is much greater.
Our patients rely on us for basic health care, like annual exams, lifesaving breast and cervical cancer screenings, birth control, STD prevention, diagnosis, and treatment as well as high-quality, compassionate abortion services. Almost 70% of our patients remain uninsured, most are young adults, and many represent the working poor.
We are committed to ensuring that the services we provide truly reflect and meet community needs. That means looking at the public health needs of the 15 communities we serve and asking ourselves how we're moving the needle on reproductive health. Planned Parenthood South Atlantic can and will do more to expand access to health care and education for all.
For more than 55 years, Planned Parenthood has been serving the residents of Columbia and the Upstate with compassionate, nonjudgmental care including preventive services like birth control, lifesaving cancer screenings, and sexual health education. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 21,050 Richland County women and another 36,560 women in Greenville and Spartanburg counties are in need of family planning services and are not currently being served by public health or community health clinics. In addition, South Carolina still has the 12th highest teen birth rate in the nation. Teen pregnancy can have high social and economic costs including educational achievement for teen mothers.
PPSAT in Columbia provides essential reproductive health services ranging from basic gynecological and breast exams to family planning to testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections. Last year, we provided family planning services to 3,000 women, men, and young people at our Columbia health center. We also provide multi-session sex education programs for teens that use an evidence-based curriculum. We engage young people and their parents or caregivers in programs that foster open, effective parent/child communication to help families talk more comfortably about issues that can be difficult to discuss. We provide single-session community presentations that are specifically designed for the age and demographics of the audience.