The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced that Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region will receive a grant of $395,000 annually over the next three years to provide Title X Family Planning services at its health center, 2430 Poplar Ave.
These services include birth control and related health care, annual well-woman exams, cancer screenings and STD testing. Planned Parenthood in Memphis had provided these services under the Title X Family Planning Program for more than three decades until last year, when the Shelby County Health Department instead awarded the funding to Christ Community Health Services.
“This grant award means that Planned Parenthood will be able to resume providing essential health care services to the low income women and teens who depend us every day to help them plan their families,” Barry Chase, CEO of Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region, said in a statement Thursday, July 5. “It means our patients who qualify will be able to get the confidential, unbiased care they need from the provider they prefer and trust.”
Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region, which provides public access to reproductive and related health care through clinic services, education, advocacy and community partnerships, serves 42 counties in West Tennessee, North Mississippi and East Arkansas.
Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital patients Mary Quay and Ann Wilson will make a special trip to the nation’s capital July 23 through 25 to advocate for children’s health care. The girls will join a group of more than 25 children, each of whom knows firsthand the importance of high-quality, accessible pediatric care.
Mary Quay, 5, was born with spina bifida, a birth defect in which the backbone and spinal canal do not close before birth. She has received care and therapy at Le Bonheur since she was an infant. Her older sister Ann, 8, also received care at Le Bonheur for a soft clef palate, which was surgically repaired when she was almost a year old.
“Growing up in Memphis, we often took for granted the fact that we have not one, but two hospitals dedicated to the care of children,” said Cathy Wilson, the girls’ mother. “Now that both of our daughters have received treatment at Le Bonheur, we know why children’s hospitals are so important. They’re uniquely qualified. Children are not just little adults.”
The eighth annual Children’s Hospital Association event, called Family Advocacy Day, offers patients and their families an opportunity to share stories with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
“No one illustrates the importance of high quality children’s health care more effectively than a family who has received care at a children’s hospital,” Maureen O’Connor, director of Public Policy at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, said in a statement. “It’s crucial for our elected officials inWashingtonto hear from families about their experiences. Their stories are powerful and help to give all children a voice about the need for access to high quality, affordable health care and the continuing development of a specialized pediatric workforce.”
In Tuesday’s Daily Digest, I reported Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA) — the well-known, faith-based nonprofit whose mission is to address the needs of Memphis’ poor — has cut 10 employees from its workforce.
This afternoon, MIFA communications director Jim Seacat commented by e-mail on the layoffs, writing: “The reduction in staff coincides with the start of our new fiscal year on July 1 . The reduction is influenced by the loss of funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that started October 1, 2009, and will end June 30, 2012, resulting in a decrease of about $1.6 million in grant revenue. The reduction involves staff in our family and children’s program.”
Memphis Child Advocacy Center, a nonprofit that serves Shelby County children who are victims of severe physical and sexual abuse, is calling on the community to help beautify its grounds at 1085 Poplar Avenue.
The building’s original brick walls had begun to cave in and its attic was on the verge of collapse. The organization called in a structural engineering company to perform the necessary renovations, but the work left the center’s grounds a mess.
Memphis Child Advocacy Center is asking for donations of
To donate or volunteer, contact Su Hartline at email@example.com or call (901) 888-4337.
General registration for the St. Jude Half Marathon – slated for Saturday, December 1, in Memphis — has sold out in record time. This year’s sell-out marks a new record for the St. Jude Memphis Half Marathon, which last year sold out July 15.
Limited spots are still available for participants who also sign up as a St. Jude Hero and commit to raise at least $500 to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which treats children from around the world with cancer and other catastrophic illnesses, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. St. Jude Heroes in 2011 raised $4 million for patients.
For more information about the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend, visit http://www.stjudemarathon.org/. You can also “like” St. Jude Memphis Marathon on Facebook and follow @StJude on Twitter for the latest updates.