Health Department to improve family planning literature

Knox County Health Coalition members weighed in on family planning literature at the May 22 monthly meeting.

Currently, the health department offers family planning services once a month. Originally enacted under Richard Nixon in 1970, the program currently receives funding from Title X to help lower income and uninsured patients get family planning services at reduced or no cost. These services include health checkups for both men and women, various birth control options and information on family planning, including on sexually transmitted diseases and the pros and cons for different types of birth control.

Tammy Owens, RN with the health department, reported that, year-to-date, the family planning clinic has seen approximately 330 patients, averaging between ages 13 and 44. The age group with the highest clinic-use is 21 to 35 year olds, 149 total patients.

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