Access to reproductive health care is critical to lowering Okanogan County’s high rates of teen pregnancy. Unfortunately, as Anahi shows us, youth often face barriers to getting the resources they need. Over the last two years, Room One’s Youth Leadership Council has worked with local clinics to improve youth friendly practices across the county, so all teens can get the healthcare they need to plan for their future. We look to courageous voices like Anahi’s to help lead this important work!
Questions to deepen the discussion:
We know that many youth in Okanogan County choose to not seek reproductive health care because they fear a lack of confidentiality. What are the potential impacts for youth when their confidentiality is violated?
In Washington State, minors have a right to confidential reproductive healthcare. Setting up policies and practices to ensure youths’ rights can be challenging. What could local clinics do to better serve youth accessing reproductive healthcare?
Many youth have a hard time accessing reproductive healthcare, and the situation gets more difficult if misinformation, fear over immigration status, addiction or mental illness, or a lack of transportation prevents their parents from supporting them through the process What can we as a community do to best support all our youth in getting the care they need and making decisions that align with their hopes and values?