3 Things Our Team is Thinking About This Month

October 22, 2018

Our team members are special for a plethora of reasons — their character, their drive, their expertise — but one of the aspects we’re most proud of is their commitment and passion towards going above and beyond the call of duty. They genuinely care about the well-being of their patients and empowering them to live their best lives.

October is a big month when it comes to public health awareness — but then again, every month is a big one here at Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest. This month, we’re focusing on three very real, very important themes that affect many of our community members in some way.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer awareness has skyrocketed in the past decade — and it fills us with pride to see so many people engaged and supportive.

Our goal, however, is to empower every woman to take charge of their own health. We want to spread awareness that Planned Parenthood provides access to education about breast cancer risk factors, clinical breast exams that can detect abnormalities and referrals for diagnostic services.

Every year we provide nearly 500,000 breast exams at health centers across the country — but we won’t stop until we are sure that everyone receives the care they need.

As Cecile Richards, the former President of Planned Parenthood once said,

“Providing breast cancer screenings is an incredibly important part of the work we do here at Planned Parenthood, and demonstrates the many ways our services can truly be lifesaving for many women including those who are uninsured and women of color who are often more likely to lack access to health care and as such be at a greater risk for breast cancer than others.”

Sexual Health Awareness Month

Sexual Health is more than getting yourself checked for STDs — it’s making sure you are mentally healthy in a way that allows you to own your sexuality.

Sometimes, this means ensuring you’re using a birth control that fits your needs and has your confidence. Sometimes, this means addressing your sexuality in a healthy way and finding what makes you happy.

This month, our staff is giving a special class to help parents discuss sexuality with their children. We’re proud of this initiative by our team and their commitment to helping parents provide a supportive and accepting environment for their children as they try to navigate a (possibly) confusing and difficult part of their lives.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence is an issue that’s very near and dear to our hearts — and it’s an issue we work towards defeating every day.

This month, especially, we emphasize the importance of providing access to health care and education to our community.

Every year Planned Parenthood Organizations across the country are able to reach more than 1.5 million people as part of our education and outreach program. Education is critical in teaching people to recognize the signs of intimate partner violence and learn how to leave and help those they love also leave abusive relationships safely.

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If causes like these are important to you, we want you on our team. It takes people like you, who care, no matter what, to make a difference.

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