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Planned Parenthood of Maryland Internal Newsletter May 2018

In This Issue Mental Health Month

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Recap of Events

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Monthly Training

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HR Corner

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The Biggest Loser

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Birthdays/Anniversaries Page 8 Upcoming Events

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M en t al Healt h Aw ar en ess M on t h This May, Mental Health America is calling on individuals to join them to challenge ourselves to make small changes - both mentally and physically - to create huge gains for our overall health. Their theme this month is Fitness #4Mind4Body. When discussing health, we can?t just focus on heart health, or liver health, or brain health, or reproductive health and not whole health. You have to see the whole person, and make use of the tools and resources that benefit minds and bodies together. Mental health is essential to everyone?s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. So much of what we do physically impacts us mentally. Paying attention to both your physical health and your mental health can help you achieve overall wellness and set you on a path to recovery. Recent research is connecting your gut health with your mental health. So, when it comes to diet and nutrition, it?s all about finding the right balance of nutrients to benefit both the mind and body. Each day during the month of May, Mental Health America will post a challenge on their website at and on their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. Each daily challenge will be designed to take relatively little time, and be accessible to individuals no matter their level of physical fitness of where they are on their mental health journey. They are asking individuals to silence and stomp the shame and stigma behind mental health by sharing your progress and successes by posting on social media with #4mind4body.


Keep Them In The Loop Recap of Events: Spring Gala


Keep Them In The Loop Recap of Events: Phyllis Burnett Award Presentation On April 26, 2018, Anne Sageng was presented with the Phyllis Burnett Award by the Baltimore City Health Department. This inaugural award was given to an outreach worker in Baltimore who is resourceful, displays passion for clients in outreach, and is an active collaborator with other organizations. Anne Sageng is currently a valued team member at Planned Parenthood of Maryland (PPM). She started with us in the beginning of 2016 as the Community Outreach Coordinator and was later promoted to Community Organizer because of her work building such a robust volunteer and outreach program. Since joining our team, Anne has spent much of her time advocating and rallying for women?s rights, DACA protection, education equity, justice for victims of police brutality, and more. We admire her philosophy, activism, and hard work. Last year, Anne created the very first ever PPM Community Resource Fair. Most people come to PPM seeking reproductive health care services. However, we also see patients with issues related to substance use, mental health, domestic violence, housing, food insecurity, and poverty. While we are confident in the quality of the reproductive health care that we offer, Anne recognized that many also have broader health care needs requiring referrals to services outside of our scope. She acknowledged that our challenge is meeting the broad needs of our patients with the limited services we provide. She sought funding through Baltimore City to create an event that brought together individuals and organizations that provided resources on site the day of the event; such as expungements, cooking demonstrations, vision screenings, and more. This first year event included 13 other community organizations as resources and it reached over 130 attendees. The 2nd Annual Community Resource Fair will take place this fall and we expect the numbers to grow. This effort has even grown into our health centers. In February, Anne introduced Community Resource Days. Organizations were invited to table inside our Baltimore health center once a month to help provide our patients with the additional resources they need. That is currently a well-received pilot program by our leadership team, the clinical staff, and most importantly ? our patients. We are grateful for Anne's dedication to the community and the overall quality of life for our patients. She was the perfect candidate to receive the very first Phyllis Burnett Award. 3

We Respect & Honor All People

Monthly Training: HIPAA 101 & 102 It?s that time of year again! Please care for our business by completing the CAL webinars ?HIPAA 101?and ?HIPAA 102?by May 31, 2018. The trainings are mandatory for all Planned Parenthood of Maryland staff. If you have any questions, please reach out to Gretchen Nettle (

Education Update We?re heavily recruiting for new Peer Educators for the 2018-2019 school year! Text ?PPMPE?to 94502 for Peer Education updates and reminders about Teen Talk and applying to become a new member. We?ve been out in lots of high schools around Baltimore City including Coppin Academy, Baltimore School for the Arts, Bard High School Early College and Digital Harbor HS working on advertising the Peer Education program. And we?ve formed new partnerships with Cristo Rey HS and Harford Heights Elementary School with plenty of programming on the calendar for these schools before the end of the school year. If you know a teen who would like to apply, email 4

HR Corner All Staff Meeting On Friday, May 18th, PPM will come together to make a connection at the Mt. Washington Conference Center. The day will kick off at 10:00 a.m. with our key note speaker, Jeryl Hayes, Director of Public Policy for Physicians for Reproductive Health and Board President of the D.C. Abortion Fund. The day will include opportunities to meet colleagues from across the state, hear updates on our strategic plan, and learn about innovations in abortion care. Looking forward to seeing everyone there.

Employee Survey Follow-Up In April and May, Geri and Karen are traveling to all health centers and departments to deliver the results of the 2017 employee engagement survey and get feedback on action plans to address opportunities for improvement. This is part of a continuous cycle of improvement, which includes action planning, asking for feedback, implementing changes, and resurveying. If you missed the meeting in your department or health center, Geri or your manager can provide details. 5

We care for our business.

SPOT Aw ar ds Janaira Alton Janaira Alton cares for our business by being involved in the improvement of the clinic, while raising awareness about issues. She also provides good ideas and possible solutions, demonstrating commitment and dedication to our mission. She tends to the team by making a difference in supporting leadership with residents and employee prospects on their shadowing days. She jumps in to other positions when needed, applying her knowledge and skills learned throughout her years of service in Planned Parenthood of Maryland.

Lauren Capurata, Estela Gautreaux, Joellan Porter-Borden, Aisha Brown, and Katrina Martinez Lauren Capurata, Estela Gautreaux, Joellan Porter-Borden, Aisha Brown, and Katrina Martinez were nominated for tending to the team, jumping in, caring for our business, and returning to our business. In the Frederick office, there was a 2-year-old choking in the waiting room. Everyone jumped into action and took care of the situation until paramedics arrives. The baby is fine and grandma was very grateful. Aisha Brown was also nominated by a patient. ?She was literally amazing and had such a professional bedside manner. She seems to be an awesome person as well as being great at her job.? 6

Biggest Loser Challenge Reminder


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Leslie Sanchez


Julia Bluestone


Michelle Salamanca


Sharon Reith


Anniana Sigmon


Tanika Wise


Yohana Griffs


Jessica Clough


Tyler Gray


Shamirra Charles


Altinay Djanibekova


Staff Name Leslie Sanchez Avi Seward Megan Strojny

Anniversary 05/08 05/16 05/23

Years of Service 1 2 7

Anne Sageng



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Upcoming Events Family Wellness Month Global Health and Fitness Month Link National Meditation Month Women's Health Care Month International Clitoris Awareness Week: 1-7 Global Love Day: 1 National Day to Prevent Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy: 2 Link Flower Mart: 5-6 Towsontown Spring Festival: 6-7 National Women's Health Week: 8-14 Link Nurses Week: 6 - 12 National Women's Check-up Day: 14 International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia: 17 Same Sex Marriage Day: 17 All Staff Day: 18 FREE Screening of HBO's Baltimore Rising: 19 Film Screening of RBG: 24 Menstrual Hygiene Day: 28 Link Film Screening of Sticky: 29

Questions about upcoming events? Contact Anne Sageng at If you have somethingthat you think would be good to include in the newsletter, please submit it to Geri O?Donoghue or Dana Robinson by the 15th of the month for review and approval. 9

Upcoming Film Screenings Contact Anne Sageng at for RSVP details.

Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 4pm John and Frances Angelos Law Center 1401 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201 PPM has partnered with Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle to host a FREE screening of Baltimore Rising, with a discussion to follow. This film follows activists, police officers, community leaders and gang affiliates, who struggle to hold Baltimore together in the wake of Freddie Gray's death in police custody.

Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 7pm The Charles Theatre 1711 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201 An intimate portrait of an unlikely rock star: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. With unprecedented access, the filmmakers explore how her early legal battles changed the world for women.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 7pm The Charles Theatre 1711 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201 In celebration of National Masturbation Day, PPM will host a screening of Sticky: A (Self ) Love Story. This is a documentary and comedy film by Nicholas Tana that attempts to explain why most people are afraid to discuss masturbation. The movie is one of the first documentaries to address the myths and social taboos around masturbation. 10

PPM May Internal Newsletter  
PPM May Internal Newsletter