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FEBRUARY 2020

WHAT'S HAPPENING AT WOMEN'S HEALTH

Introducing our New Board Members

Women’s Health is pleased to welcome four new members to our Board of Directors. Members of the Board volunteer their time to serve as stewards to our organization, ensuring it meets its mission and vision, and that it operates in a sustainable and fiscally responsible manner. Board members also act as advocates, positively promoting our work to the community and beyond.

 

Cindy Cobb
Senior Manager Clinical Affairs, Medtronic

Cindy Cobb has worked in healthcare for over 20 years, with a background as a Respiratory Therapist. She was previously an Academic Dean at a proprietary health college. Cindy has taught and mentored students who needed social and career services, and has worked with various local agencies in Denver, including those focused on women's health, social support, and shelter.

Cindy said she joined the Board because: “When I was young, I used Women's Health service as a teen. The education provided by the staff and low-cost support guided me with making well informed decisions that were daunting in many ways. Without their support or knowledge, and the promise of confidentiality, I may not have made the right decisions. I believe wholeheartedly in the mission that this wonderful organization embodies and upon which it delivers. More importantly the organization supports the LGBTQI members of our communities and embraces acceptance while treating all equally. It is an honor for me to support the Boulder Valley Women's Health Center.”

 

Savita Y. Ginde, MD, MPH
Chief Healthcare Officer, STRIDE Community Health Center

Savita Ginde is the Chief Healthcare Officer at STRIDE Community Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), serving mostly the Medicaid and uninsured populations across 20 clinics in Jefferson and Adams Counties. Previously, Dr. Ginde was VP/Chief Medical Officer for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM). She also serves as Board Member & Vice President of the Colorado Religious Coalition for Reproductive Rights (CO RCRC), and is a past Board Member and Chair of the Medical Education Committee for the National Abortion Federation (NAF).

Savita says she joined the Board because: “I am a firm supporter and advocate for Reproductive Rights, Reproductive Justice, and Equity of Access to quality healthcare. I am fully aligned with BVWHC’s mission, vision, and values… BVWHC’s values permeate my medical practice as well as my leadership.”

 

Priyangani Goonathilaka
Director of Revenue Cycle, Clinica Family Health

Priyangani Goonathilaka has worked in the healthcare reimbursement arena for 25 years and has a Masters in Healthcare Administration. She currently works as Director of Revenue Cycle for Clinica Family Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) serving Boulder, Lafayette, North Denver, Thornton and Westminster.

Priyangani says she joined the Board because: “I have dedicated my career to working with marginalized communities and advocating for patient-centered health care with dignity. Access, quality care with meaningful outcomes and reducing barriers to care is our duty as health care providers and administrators. Women’s Health’s mission, vision and values align with my core values.”

 

Kathy Streeter
Vice President Human Relations, Lucky's Market

Kathy Streeter has been in HR for 10 years and has her PHR certification. She has focused her career in Operations, Training, and Development.

Kathy says she joined the Board because: "As a queer-identifying woman, I believe that access to reproductive health services is one of the most important issues today. As a young woman, I accessed the services of BVWHC when I had limited resources. I would be thrilled to be able to serve the organization and my community."

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN COLORADO 

 

Casey McAndrew, Community Education & Outreach Coordinator, staffs the Women’s Health table at Impact Expo, part of the Womxn’s March Denver. Our table was a hit with the Marchers!

Womxn’s March Denver

Women’s Health was proud to be part of the Womxn’s March and Expo in Denver on Jan. 18. March organizers estimate that 10,000 people participated this year, including the 4,900 who attended the Impact Expo after the march. Impact Expo featured art exhibitions, participatory workshops, a live podcast recording, and table exhibits from 50+ Denver-area nonprofits, including Women’s Health!

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE U.S.  

Dwindling Availability of Abortion Could Make Colorado a “Safe Haven”

January 22nd marked the 47th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, which recognized a Constitutional right to choose abortion. As we mark the anniversary of Roe, we must also acknowledge the very real possibility that the decision may be overturned this year.

Even now, extreme restrictions in many states are causing clinics to close, making abortion less available, even though technically still legal. Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center – established in 1973 as the first abortion clinic in Colorado – has a long and proud history of providing affordable and accessible abortion care. As abortion becomes increasingly hard to access in some other states, we will continue to be a haven for those who need these services, from Colorado and beyond.

See below for a new poll showing Americans’ views toward abortion restrictions, and a flow chart illustrating the many obstacles people face in trying to access abortion care.

 

Poll: Majority of Americans Say State Abortion Regulations Are Intended to Reduce Access

Key findings from a new KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation) poll:

  • Nearly five decades since the 1973 Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, a majority of the public do not want to see the Supreme Court overturn its landmark ruling, which established a woman’s constitutional right to abortion. While most Republicans (57%) would like to see Roe overturned, larger majorities of Democrats (91%) and independents (70%) do not want it overturned.
  • Most people (67%) think state regulations on abortion providers or women seeking abortions are intended to make access to abortion more difficult as opposed to protecting the health and safety of women (32%). Three-fourths of Democrats (77%) as well as six in ten independents (61%) and Republicans (62%) say these state laws are designed to make it more difficult for women to access abortions. This includes majorities of men (67%), women (67%), and women between the ages of 18 and 49 (66%).

Read full survey here.

 

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