You send your child to school to be educated.
You take your child to the doctor to remain as healthy as possible.
Is it your expectation that either your child's teacher or physician meddle into the secret hidden places of your child's heart and mind? You would not want a stranger wandering through the halls and rooms of your home. Is it much different to have an adult (other than yourself) trespass on your child's sense of self?
Of course not.
Recently, in Astoria Oregon, a five year old boy was asked by his doctor, "Are you a boy or a girl?". The little guy looked inquisitively up to his mom seeking her help with such a curious question. Here is a "trusted adult" planting a seed of doubt or confusion onto the heart of a child.
Clearly, the doctor is overstepping her role and will never know (or have to be responsible for) the impact of such a question. Expert or not, YOU are the parent and guardian of your child. Retain your rightful place in their life.
In Oregon there is a concerted effort to blur the lines between education and healthcare. Don't go all soft about this. We urge you to claim your rights as parents. Your child needs you!
Copper IUD (ParaGard), Progestin IUD (Mirena, Skyla), The Implant (Nexplanon), The Shot (Depo-Provera), The Pill, Progestin-Only Pills, The Patch (Ortho Evra), The Ring (Nuvaring), Male Condom, Female Condom, Spermicide, Diaphragm, Emergency Contraception (Plan B One-Step, Next Choice, Ella, etc.)Material from Reproductive Health Access Project (RHAP) whose mission is to:
*To ensure that women and teens can readily obtain birth control and abortion from their own primary care clinician as a part of their routine medical care. *Expand access to reproductive care and work to reverse the abortion-provider shortagePregnant? Know Your Options - All options pregnancy counseling services (Boys & Girls Aid). Our services to you are always free of charge and completely confidential. Obtain support in making a parenting plan, an adoption plan or an abortion plan and determine why it may be a good choice for you. Boys & Girls Aid beliefs include:
*Right to neutral, unbiased counseling when making decisions about their pregnancy. *All pregnant women, regardless of age, have the right and the responsibility to make their own decisions. *All pregnant women should live in an environment that is safe, healthy, and nurturing.The Washington County Teen Clinic states that their answers are private, safe, and practical.
They offer assistance to minors asking questions such as: “Is it right for me? Should I listen to them? Who can I trust? What will happen? Should I try it? How can I decide? Where am I going? Who do I call? How will I get there"?
Sounds nice. Who doesn't want children to be healthy and happy. However...when you send your child to school to receive a quality education, do you know what health care services and messages their SBHC, teachers, and peers may be promoting? Who is ultimately responsible for the health care decisions of and services to minors? Is it the job of your child's peers to market health insurance or promote contraception during the school day? Do you want someone else making health care decisions for your minor child? The upcoming Oregon School-Based Health Center Network (OSBHC) 2013 Annual Conference: "BE SMART, BE WELL" on October 11 at Century High School in Hillsboro, Oregon, boasts of integrating health care and education within Oregon schools grades K-12. Click here for more details: 2013 Oregon SBHC Annual Conference AgendaHere are some of the topics:
"Planned Parenthood's Youth Trainers - importance of confidentiality and a non-judgmental attitude, body-language and speech that resonate with teens" "Integrating school staff into health activities" "Improving health of LGBTQ youth in clinical and educational settings" "School-wellness is all the rage!" "Create a sustainable, school-wide prevention and wellness campaign" "A bio-psycho-social model to improve patient communication, enhance patient experience, and improve care delivery" "Creative arts-based restorative justice"
We've gained additional funds for continued SBHC expansion. We are creating new opportunities to align health and education reform and policy. In July 2013, Oregon received nearly $2.9 million to 28 Oregon clinics-to enroll uninsured Americans in new health coverage options, made available through the Affordable Care Act. Thirteen of these awards are to SBHC medical sponsors. Terina Keller, Youth Outreach Specialist at the Network, noted that SBHC staff at Portland's Madison High School had mentored her about obtaining and utilizing health care, and SBHCs would be a good resource to connect students and graduating seniors with Cover Oregon. Oregon State Legislature's recent approval of the budget for fiscal year 2014 (July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014) and the passing of HB 2445 allows for the release of expansion funds for new SBHCs across Oregon.