Family planning office sets hours, locations

Nov 12, 2013 By Kelli Ameling, Staff Writer

Fremont County Family Planning employees say the department's programs have been restructured to be more efficient and effective for the community.

In previous years, hours and locations were a moving target for the program. Department officials also said they seek to expand the program's outreach to include men and American Indians who may not know of the services available to them.

Fremont County Family Planning provides information and help for anyone seeking birth control, HIV testing, sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment, emergency contraception, annual exams and pregnancy tests. Women can even receive diagnoses and treatments for minor female medical issues.

The program's mission includes providing improved maternal and infant health, lower the incidence of unintended pregnancy, reduce the need for abortion and lower the rate of STDs.

"No one ever gets turned away," said Jamie Cardine, a registered nurse with Fremont County Family Planning.

The care is not just for women, however. Cardine said the program also provides information and services to men as well.

"That is a huge goal for us," she said of the program helping men. "Young men are hungry for knowledge and are very underserved."

During a meeting Oct. 23, members of Fremont County Family Planning invited Sunny Goggles to discuss how the program can help American Indians as well.

Goggles explained the traditional lifestyles of the native culture and how certain things about life are kept private.

"Understanding family dynamics helps as some still hold on to traditional values," Goggles said.

She said most people think teen pregnancy is unintended, but in some cases, girls who are looking for that kind of love may get pregnant on purpose.

The Riverton office, 325 W. Main St., is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday while the Lander office, 450 N. Second St., is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

"Lander was hit hardest by the moving target," Cardine said, but noted the program is working to rebuild its clientele.

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