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Reproductive health organization to reshuffle programs

Matthew Renda

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – In an effort to reallocate staffing resources, a local family planning organization will discontinue two separate satellite programs.

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte has stopped offering programs at California Conservation Corps in Meyers and Sierra High School in Truckee.

“We need to focus our staff on addressing the needs of our patients who come into our offices,” said Alison Gauldin. “Our customers are telling us they don’t need us to come to them, they’re coming to us.”

Visits to the office in Tahoe City have increased by 25-30 percent, while Planned Parenthood workers who visit Meyers and Truckee typically meet with one or two patients per hour.

Gauldin said budget constraints played a part in the decision to cut programs, but the significant influx of patients demanding services at 32 Planned Parent offices in 27 counties throughout California have necessitated a restructuring of staffing resources.

“We regret leaving Sierra High School and Meyers, but our resources will be used more effectively at the Tahoe City Center, which will undergo expanded hours and services,” said Gauldin.

Currently the Planned Parenthood Tahoe City Center is open Monday 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Wed. 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Thurs.11:30 – 7. Individuals without an appointment can arrive from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. on all three days.

Planned Parenthood also sees patients at Tahoe Youth and Family Services at 1021 Fremont Ave. in South Lake Tahoe weekly. Representatives are available from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Friday.

If patients are in need of emergency contraception, they have five days to reach the Planned Parenthood offices. Gauldin also recommends obtaining an advanced prescription for emergency contraception.

The programs held in Meyers and Truckee consisted of some educational components but mainly offered consultations to young women seeking birth control pills. The consultations were attended by a nurse practitioner and a health care assistant, according to Gauldin.

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