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Planned Parenthood Adds Locations In Arkansas And Oklahoma

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Zach Klamann
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Heartland Health Monitor
Planned Parenthood Great Plains has added locations in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Little Rock and Fayetteville, Arkansas. Shown above are its administrative headquarters in Overland Park.

Planned Parenthood Great Plains says it has joined forces with three Planned Parenthood facilities in Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma, giving it a total of 12 health centers in four states.

Formerly known as Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, the organization earlier this year expanded into central Oklahoma and took on its current name to reflect its greater geographical reach.

Planned Parenthood Great Plains has been busy on multiple fronts in the last year, fending off attempts in Missouri and Kansas to cut off its Medicaid funding and expanding its services to include transgender care, pre- and post-menopausal care, and PrEp care, a preventative that lowers the risk of contracting HIV for patients with a high risk of infection.

The new health centers coming under its umbrella are in Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Little Rock and Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The Tulsa facility is unique among Planned Parenthood Great Plains’ locations in offering pediatric and primary care, said spokeswoman Bonyen Lee-Gilmore. Most of the organization's services revolve around family planning and preventing unwanted pregnancies. 

“Our focus is to ensure every person has access to the highest quality primary, reproductive and sexual health care,” Laura McQuade, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Great Plains, said in a statement. “Becoming a regional provider will enable our clinicians to collaborate closely and continue offering the most cutting edge treatments for our patients.”

Besides the new centers in Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma, Planned Parenthood Great Plains operates locations in midtown Kansas City, Independence, Gladstone and Columbia, Missouri; Overland Park and Wichita, Kansas; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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