Boulder Valley Women's Health Center

As a local, independent provider, our mission is to offer accessible, evidence-based, and compassionate health care, including abortion, family planning, gynecology, gender-affirming services, community education, and sexual health support.

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Abortion Services

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Health Care 

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Description

Boulder Valley Women's Health Center (Women's Health) was founded in 1973 as the first abortion clinic in Colorado. Today, we offer a full range of gynecology and reproductive health care, including safe, affordable abortion services.

Individuals of reproductive age are faced with decisions regarding whether or when to bear a child. We trust each person to make the choice that is best for them and their unique situation. Our role is to be supportive, respectful and caring.

Our physicians and medical and counseling staff provide warm, compassionate care in the quiet and secluded environment of our Boulder clinic. Confidentiality is a concern for many individuals. We understand this concern and protect the privacy of all our patients.

You may be eligible to receive free long-term birth control, such as an IUD or Nexplanon, on the day of your abortion appointment. Other methods of birth control are also available.

Note: Abortion services are offered at our Boulder location only.

Women's Health is certified by the National Abortion Federation and is a proud member of FAN, the Feminist Abortion Network. Women's Health is an independent abortion provider and not affiliated with Planned Parenthood.

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Evidence of Program's Success

More than 40 years providing this service in our community. In 1973 we the first abortion clinic in Colorado, dedicated to assuring all women access to safe and affordable abortion services. We are also a member of the National Abortion Federation (NAF) as well as the Feminist Abortion Network (FAN) in order to stay apprised of best practices and participate in a network of support with other independent abortion providers nationwide.

Where the Need is Greatest

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Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Description

This allows donors to direct their donation to wherever the organization's need is greatest.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Women's Health serves nearly 5,000 unduplicated patients annually at clinic locations in Longmont and Boulder. We have been in the community for more than 40 years, successfully identifying and addressing changing needs.

LGBTQIA+ Services

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Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Gays/Lesbians
General Public/Unspecified
Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender

Description

Women's Health provides hormone therapy for transgender and gender nonbinary individuals!

At Women's Health we know that for our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Asexual or Queer patients, finding sensitive, culturally competent and clinically appropriate healthcare can be a challenging and uncertain. Our clinicians are trained to meet the distinctive and changing needs of LGBTQIA+ people. Here we will do our best to make you feel safe and respected.

At the clinic and also when we provide Community Health Education services to the general population, we use language that includes people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and biological sexes.

Our specialized curriculum can meet the specific needs of LGBQTQIA+ youth who are negotiating safer sex in an "abstinence-only" world. We provide LGBTQIA+ youth with affirming messages and realistic options for avoiding unintended pregnancy as well as STIs and HIV. To learn more about comprehensive sexual health curriculum for LGBTQIA+ youth click, visit our Teen Clinic website at www.teenclinic.org.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Family Planning Services

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Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Adults
General Public/Unspecified
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent

Description

Women's Health provides a range of reproductive and sexual health services and education to individuals - regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, income level, immigration status, or insured status.

Our staff is made up of experienced reproductive health care providers (nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and doctors, including a board certified gynecologist) who are dedicated to providing patients with compassionate, caring health care services.

Our Family Planning services include:

Annual gynecological exams
Pap smears
Breast exams
Birth control counseling and supplies
Infection testing and treatment, including sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
Menopausal care
Referrals for free or low-cost mammograms for patients who qualify
Emergency Contraception (the "morning after pill")
Pregnancy testing and counseling
Specialized gynecological care

Fees for our family planning services are affordable and based on ability to pay. Some services are provided without charge to those who qualify.

Se Habla Español: A bilingual staff member is available to assist Spanish-speaking clients. Translation services for other languages may also be available by request. All healthcare services, educational materials and community education are provided in English and Spanish.

Women's Health offers a wide range of contraceptive options, including longer-term methods such as IUDs and Nexplanon. We offer permanent methods of contraception for all patients.

Women's Health also diagnoses and treats sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and provides complex gynecology care for abnormalities such as menstrual problems, contraceptive issues, pelvic pain, abnormal pap smears and menopause that require a physician's services and provides community referrals and follow-up.

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Evidence of Program's Success

As a way of addressing this issue, the Colorado Family Planning Initiative, with $25 Million in funding from a private donor, provided Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC), to low-income women and teens at low or no cost from 2009-2013. Sixty-eight clinics across the state participated, including Boulder Valley Women's Health Center, which was the first participant in the state and the only Boulder County provider in the program.

In July 2014, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) announced that the state's teen birth rate had dropped by 40% and the teen abortion rate by 34%. In Boulder County, abortions among 15-19 year olds dropped 49%. Both CDPHE and a study by the Guttmacher Institute attributed these remarkable decreases, in large part, to CFPI's LARC program.3 In 2015, CDPHE released updated numbers showing a 48% decrease statewide in both teen births and abortions from 2009-2014.

LARC methods, which include intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants, are the most effective methods of reversible contraception. They are also highly convenient and user-friendly, eliminating issues with incorrect or inconsistent use. However, they are also the methods with the highest up-front costs, putting them out of reach for the very women most at risk for an unintended pregnancy.

State officials say the family planning initiative has not only helped thousands of young women avoid unintended pregnancy, it has also saved the state millions of dollars in expenditures associated with teen births. According to CDPHE, an estimated $79 million in Medicaid costs were averted during the first three years of the program.

Youth Services

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Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)

Description

The Women's Health Youth Services program is here to support youth in their efforts to stay healthy and make informed sexual decisions. Through clinical services, outreach events, classroom presentations, peer education and online social networking, our Youth Services Program reaches over 6,000 youth each year! Here's a snapshot of our programs for youth and their adult allies:

Teen Clinic: All services at Teen Clinic are free and confidential.

SHAPE: The Sexual Health Awareness & Peer Education program is group of high school peer educators who teach other youth about STIs, birth control, and healthy relationships.

Community Health Education: Our Community Health Education program provides youth with comprehensive sexuality education and access to services. We also provide information, support and resources to teachers, parents and guardians, and youth-serving agencies.

Online Outreach: Youth Services is wired! In addition to our comprehensive and interactive website, we're on Twitter, Facebook. We've also developed an anonymous sexual health text message line so youth can get answers to their questions 24/7.

For more information on our services for teens and their adult allies, visit our Teen Clinic website designed for youth, by youth at www.teenclinic.org.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Each year we reached nearly 20,000 youth through our clinical services, classroom presentations, outreach events, and a broad array of unique youth-specific technology initiatives.

As a way of addressing unintended teen pregnancy , the Colorado Family Planning Initiative, with $25 Million in funding from a private donor, provided Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC), to low-income women and teens at low or no cost from 2009-2013. Sixty-eight clinics across the state participated, including Boulder Valley Women's Health Center, which was the first participant in the state and the only Boulder County provider in the program.

In July 2014, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) announced that the state's teen birth rate had dropped by 40% and the teen abortion rate by 34%. In Boulder County, abortions among 15-19 year olds dropped 49%. Both CDPHE and a study by the Guttmacher Institute attributed these remarkable decreases, in large part, to CFPI's LARC program. In 2015, CDPHE released updated numbers showing a 48% decrease statewide in both teen births and abortions from 2009-2014.

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