Latinas at Greater Risk for Zika, Planned Parenthood Seeks to Help

CAMERON COUNTY, Texas - Last month, Planned Parenthood launched their Zika prevention project at a clinic festival, now they are going door to door to provide people with information about Zika prevention.

“We feel that it's very important for the community to know because the community faces many barriers,” said Paula Saldana, Lead Patient Advocator. 

Planned Parenthood is seeking to educate local communities in South Texas, especially women of reproductive age about the Zika virus. 

“We want to help alleviate some of the barriers by providing them with information and resources on how to protect themselves, where to go get tested and provide them with information on our services if they're interested,” Saldana said. 

The organization also seeks to connect community members to local health services, including family planning. 

“We’re going to be looking for areas where there’s standing water, especially for people who live around resacas,” she said. 

Planned Parenthood officials say communities already facing disparities in gaining access to health care services are especially at risk for any public health crisis like Zika, putting Latinas in greater risk.

The outreach will take place again, August 17 and 19, in conjunction with world mosquito day, August 20. 

The next two door to door outreach projects will take place in the outskirts of Harlingen


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