Advocacy

A key part of WeARE’s mission is to create and maintain collaborative partnerships in our community to help foster and advance reproductive health services and education. WeARE seeks to engage supporters in the most current evidence-based research, create awareness of best practices in reproductive health care and education, and encouragement to take action with community and government officials to make positive changes in our community.

Crow Wing County Statistics

Statistics are from the MN Dept of Health, the Census Bureau, and UofM Healthy Young Development Prevention Research Center.

The teen pregnancy rate for 18-19 year olds in Crow Wing County is 10th out of 87 counties at 43.9/1000 females. This compares to the MN state average of 27/1000 females. 

Gonorrhea and Chlamydia rates have been climbing nationwide and in Crow Wing County. In fact, rates of gonorrhea have increased by 183% since 2016! 

 

Positive chlamydia rates in our clinic average about 15%

The MN Family Investment Program (MFIP) provides food and cash assistance to families living in poverty. In 2015, adolescent births accounted for 48% of MFIP dollars spent in Crow Wing County.

Crow Wing County residents are more likely to live in poverty, more likely to be uninsured and have access to fewer reproductive health services than those in most of Minnesota. 

In Crow Wing County more than 29% of adults live at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. (~$25,000/year)

 

5.6% of Crow Wing County residents under the age of 65 are uninsured. The average uninsured rate in MN is 4.7%.

WeARE is the only healthcare facility in the area to enroll clients in the free and confidential MN Family Planning Program (MFPP). Income eligible clients have access to free contraception,

STI testing and treatment and reproductive healthcare services. Currently, 66% of our clients are enrolled in MFPP.