FAMILY PLANNING PROGRAM

Family Planning is a program funded by the federal government. It is intended to assist women in planning their family by providing preventive services such as birth control, folic acid vitamins, and/or a pap smear. Education regarding healthy lifestyle and planning for a healthy pregnancy are also provided. Payment for these services is dependent on income.

During a Family Planning Clinic visit, a nurse provides counseling and education on many different topics including the dangers of smoking, alcohol and drugs, prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, breast self exams, preconception, folic acid, and birth control options. A physical exam, pap smear, and breast exam are performed by an ARNP. A yearly mammogram is ordered for women 40 years of age and older, or as needed for abnormalities found with the breast exam. Abnormal pap smears, breast exams, and/or mammograms are referred for follow up. Depending on patient’s income, the health department may cover the cost of these referrals.

The health department schedules Family Planning appointments twice a month at the health department where Teresa Lawson, ARNP provides a thorough and complete physical exam, pap smear, breast exam, and birth control.

Pregnancy tests and nursing counseling visits are also available by appointment during our regular working hours.

Sterilization (vasectomy) for men is offered and paid for by the Health Department providing certain criteria are met.

We also offer a “Brown Bag” program to assist in the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease. These free bags contain condoms, information about family planning, AIDS and other sexually transmitted disease. The “Brown Bags” are located at our Health Education center and are accessible without staff assistance anytime during our regular business hours. These free bags are also available at some local video stores in the adult rated video section.

Appointments are available twice a month on Monday. For additional information or to schedule a Family Planning appointment, call the health department at 349-6212.