from Friday’s Western Courier:
(and kudos to those kids, by the way, for reporting this story on the front page– I hadn’t seen it anywhere else in local professional media.)
County ends family service
The McDonough County Health Department will no longer offer Family Planning services as of June 30, 2009.
The program offered contraception education, pap smears, breast exams, STD testing and pregnancy testing to the Macomb community.
The Family Planning program was set up to assist women to understand and take control of their reproductive health through education, counseling and medical services. One of the ultimate goals of the Family Planning program was to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies.
The program will close due to changing program requirements along with increasing costs. In addition, the McDonough County program has seen a reduction in funding and participants. …the rest can be read here.