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April 2020

WHAT'S HAPPENING AT WOMEN'S HEALTH

WOMEN’S HEALTH WELCOMES NEW CEO, CYNTHIA MOLINA

After a robust and lengthy nationwide search, the Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of healthcare professional and longtime Longmont resident Cynthia Molina as the organization’s next CEO. Cynthia took the helm in early April.

“We are so thrilled to welcome a health care professional of her caliber,” said Gus Spheeris, President of the BVWHC Board of Directors. “We believe that with Cynthia's perspective and expertise, Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center will continue to grow and lead our community in advancing safe and affordable sexual and reproductive health care for all. Especially during this COVID-19 crisis, we know she will navigate these tumultuous times with an experienced and even hand.”

Cynthia’s professional background is in the delivery of patient-centered health care services and practice transformation. She spent over six years as Clinic Operations Manager at Clinica Family Health, a federally-qualified health center (FQHC) serving over 9,300 patients with a multi-million-dollar budget. For the past two years, Cynthia has worked with HealthTeamWorks, a practice transformation organization that helps medical practices across Colorado and the U.S. improve clinical quality outcomes, patient experience, and provider satisfaction. With a Master of Nonprofit Management degree, she is a data-focused and driven professional who brings a wealth of experience and understanding to her role at BVWHC.

Cynthia’s work in the medical field has been driven by her belief that health is a pivotal issue. “You can’t go anywhere in life if you don’t have good health,” she says. A specific focus, particularly through her work in the Latinx community and on Navajo lands, has been on reducing health disparities and increasing healthcare access for marginalized populations.

“I’ve always been passionate about working with underserved communities, probably because I’m from one,” says Cynthia, who is a first-generation Mexican immigrant.

Cynthia’s family came to the U.S. when she was just a baby. They settled in Longmont, where she still lives today, just a short distance from her parents and the house where she grew up. She and her brother were the first in their family to attend college, and she is the only one to have completed a master’s degree.

Cynthia first learned of Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center while in high school. “I had a good friend who got pregnant when we were teens and went to BVWHC for abortion care. She was treated with respect and compassion and was able to go on to college and later become a social worker. It changed the course of her life.”

Over the years, Cynthia had several friends who went to BVWHC for birth control and reproductive health care, and she referred many patients to BVWHC during her time at Clinica. “I’ve known of BVWHC for a long time, and I’ve always been in awe of its services and how well connected and supported it is in this community.”

Cynthia is replacing longtime Executive Director Susan Buchanan, who retired in December after 18 years.

  

 

COVID-19 Response

BVWHC is still open for our patients with urgent and time-sensitive medical needs. In order to reduce risk for both patients and staff, our administrative staff is working from home, we are rescheduling non-urgent appointments such as annual exams, and our clinicians are doing Telehealth visits for birth control refills, UTI and STI treatment, and transgender hormone therapy. We continue to provide abortion care, and in fact, are seeing an increase in out of state patients. (See story below.)

How to Help: If you would like to help during this time, here are two things you can do: 1) Make a mask for our clinic staff and patients; and 2) Donate in order to help us keep our doors open.

 

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN COLORADO

A Colorado anti-choice group has failed – for now – in their efforts to get an abortion ban on the November ballot. They will have 15 days after stay-at-home restrictions are lifted to try and collect the remaining signatures.

Anti-Abortion Group is Short of Signatures for Ban at 22 Weeks, Denver Post

 



WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE US

Some states in the U.S. are using the Corona virus pandemic to restrict access to abortion care, labelling it a “non-essential” medical service. Bans on abortion care in Ohio, Alabama, and Oklahoma have been overturned by federal judges. Texas’s ban was also thrown out by a federal judge but reinstated the next day by an appeals court.

Already, BVWHC has had patients who have driven all the way from Texas to obtain abortion care here. We expect this need to increase in coming weeks.

The Coronavirus Becomes an Excuse to Restrict AbortionsNew York Times Texas and Ohio say the procedures are nonessential and must yield to the pandemic.

Is Abortion an ‘Essential’ Procedure? Boulder Weekly Colorado women’s health providers weigh in as conservative governors across the country try to restrict access to abortion care during the coronavirus pandemic.


 

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