Yesterday, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota's new Richfield health center opened at 66th Street and Lyndale. PPMNS couldn’t be more excited to provide expert sexual and reproductive health care to Richfield and surrounding communities.
In the lead up to opening day, Planned Parenthood's team of interns was busy promoting the health center and its services through phonebanking and door-to-door canvassing. Through phonebanking, we’ve spoken to 1,142 young men and women about the opening. And our canvassing efforts have reached more than 2,500 homes and businesses.
The health center is conveniently located along several major bus routes and near many shops and services. Planned Parenthood's expert bilingual staff is excited to not just offer health center services but also to provide meeting space for PPMNS' education and outreach programs already serving the Richfield community.
As interns, we were so excited to support this clinical services expansion and help get the word out. To canvass the 2,500 homes and businesses, we split up into teams, pulled out our maps, and sweated it out in the hot sun going door to door dropping literature and talking to local businesses about what this new health center would mean for their community. We were met with overwhelming enthusiasm, and many of the local business owners were happy to take our information and relay it to their employees and customers. Many mentioned that they thought the new health center would make a positive—and necessary—addition to their community. The idea of going door to door is always daunting—you’re never certain who you may run into—but we couldn’t have had a more positive and encouraging experience.
We felt so welcomed by the Richfield community, and we know the health center will, too. We look forward to a great future there!
SOPHIA S., PUBLIC AFFAIRS INTERN