Planned Parenthood Expands Telemedicine
Planned Parenthood expands telemedicine. Women in rural areas have limited access to healthcare and usually, women’s clinics take the place of primary doctors. But with women’s clinics experiencing decreased funding due to new funding restrictions from the Trump administration's newly rewritten gag rule, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains has a solution to reach women in the area with its telemedicine initiative in the form of an app called PP Direct.
PP Direct was introduced in April of this year but has expanded to reach women in the Rocky Mountains region. The President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains Vicki Cowart spoke to Ark Valley Voice and said of the app, “it allows you to interact with a licensed clinician, giving women access to health services such as birth control or to get treatment of urinary tract infections..”
She noted one of the barriers for women's access to healthcare in the region is distance.”They can get help on their lunch break, or from their kitchen, without having to come into a clinic.”
The service is available 24/7, serving women in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada. Women will not only be in contact with a licensed clinician within 24 hours, but they can also access prescription meds that can be delivered to them overnight.
Cowart spoke of the current threats to women’s health. “One of the reasons we are so focused on this rural access is that we are facing a man-made public health crisis - there are threats to Title X, to Roe v. Wade.”
Cowart also spoke of Planned Parenthood anticipating laws that limit women’s care, particularly abortion access. The organization is addressing this issue in more ways than one. There are 24 Planned Parenthood centers in the Rocky Mountains region and they will continue to provide abortion care. For those who aren’t able to travel to a clinic, two-pill regimens are available overnight through their telemedicine app as well as access to speak with a doctor.
The organization is also addressing possible laws limiting abortion with its announcement of investing $45 million in political candidates that support women’s reproductive rights.
Read more on Planned Parenthood president and CEO for the Rocky Mountains Vicki Cowart’s interview here.