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Planned Parenthood Goes Virtual With Health Services

Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon has implemented a way for people to receive sexual and reproductive health care--remotely.

The organization has launched a “telehealth platform” so patients can call in and receive a link to connect !virtually! by phone or secure video. Then they may access such services as birth control prescriptions and refills, HIV meds, all options counseling or treatments for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI.)

CEO Lisa Gardner says-- as a critical care provider, Planned Parenthood must maintain services, especially during a pandemic.

“We already have, in our state and in our country, an STI outbreak-- that’s been ongoing for quite some time now and we want to make sure we don’t lose any ground,"

Planned Parenthood continues to offer in-clinic visits for problem-focused exams, insert contraception and abortion services. They also have free condoms available outside clinic locations.

Gardner credits the PPSO team for building and implementing a complex telemedicine platform, in days as opposed to months, as the COVID-19 threat became reality.

Planned Parenthood of Southern Oregon has health centers in Eugene, Springfield, Medford, Grants Pass and Ashland.

For more information about connecting to a clinician through PPSO telehealth, call 541-344-9411

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.