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Patient Advocacy Program

Your story has power.

What is the Patient Advocacy Program?

The Patient Advocacy Program (PAP) is a collection of programs that center our patient advocates in all aspects of Planned Parenthood’s advocacy efforts. Each of these PAP programs strive to uplift, build and support the voices, power and resilience of our Patient Advocates. These programs include: 

  1. Storytelling 
  2. Patient Greeting 
  3. Healthy Neighborhood Engagements 
  4. Monthly Healing Space 

Storytelling

You have a story and it makes a difference.

Why tell your story?
  • When we share our stories, it humanizes us and motivates people to action. While statistics can communicate information, stories communicate something that speaks to the core of our human experience. People don’t relate to issues; they relate to one another—to the stories of their experiences. Our stories recognize each of our own realities, thus BRINGING US TOGETHER. 

  • Storytelling is the most powerful tool we have to decrease the stigma around sexual and reproductive health. They spark conversation and reflection which create and foster teachable moments! 

  • Too often conversations about sexual and reproductive health are dominated by the voices of those who seek to shame and intimidate. Telling our stories gives us the power to reclaim and reframe our own lived experience while also working to reshape a false public narrative. 

While many of our storytellers are patients at Planned Parenthood, it’s not a requirement for participation! We uplift a broad range of stories and perspectives to help show lawmakers, the media, and supporters just what we're fighting and advocating for. So, whether you’re a patient with us, received care somewhere else, provide health care, learned about sexual health from our education programs, or are just a strong and passionate advocate for reproductive access, we want to hear from YOU!

Patient Greeting

Our Greeters work to ensure a safer entry and exit of our health centers for our patients without fear of harassment, disruption or torment from protesters. Greeters are the first friendly face that patients and their companions see as they approach the health center for an appointment.  We are out in the parking lots, rain or shine, ready to assist patients and companions.   

While we are primarily concerned with getting people inside safely, we often get encouraging words from supporters and have meaningful conversations with folks as they wait for their companions.   

Service areas with a Greeter Program: 

  • Columbia, SC 
  • Charleston, SC 
  • Charlotte, NC 
  • Winston-Salem, NC 
  • Asheville, NC 
  • Roanoke, VA 

Prospective greeters are asked to complete a volunteer application, submit references for review, and be open to a social media check to ensure alignment with the mission of Planned Parenthood South Atlantic.  A comprehensive training is offered monthly by Zoom and followed by location-specific training at each health center.  

Healthy Neighborhood Engagements

Through our Healthy Neighborhood Engagement (HNE) Program, we aim to: 

  • Break down barriers by educating our communities and meeting people where they’re at; 

  • Equitably raise awareness of Planned Parenthood health care, programs, and volunteer opportunities; 

  • Build a bigger movement by attracting new supporters and patients. 

How do we do this? 

  1. Flyering - Paint your town with info about our services and how folks can get involved in the movement for reproductive rights and freedom 
  2. Canvassing - Crowd canvassing or door knocking in targeted communities to engage folks in conversation around a specific issue (i.e., voter registration, abortion access, mutual aid resources, etc.) 
  3. Zoom events – Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and because virtual events are more accessible, Zoom events are also a successful way to communicate public health information and volunteer opportunities. 

This is a great volunteer opportunity for folks with time constraints!

Monthly Healing Space

Once a month, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic supporters, advocates, and employees come together for this virtual series to debrief and foster resilience and wellbeing. From yoga to tarot, each month invites us to explore a new way to care for ourselves and our communities!

Click below to find out when the next monthly healing space is and sign up!