WeARE works to increase access and decrease barriers to accurate sexual health information and services. We educate youth and young adults to build their capacity to advocate for equity and a responsible and healthy sexual life. We work to increase access to confidential sexual health services for all those living in the Brainerd Lakes Area, focusing on the youth, young adults, and the underserved in our community.
Lack of sexual health education and services in the Brainerd Lakes Area has had dire consequences for youth, young adults and the underserved in this community. This gap has led to high unintended pregnancy rates, twice the state average for 18-19 year olds, and rising rates of STIs (chlamydia and gonorrhea). WeARE here to change these statistics and change our community.
In October of 2017, we met our strategic goal of opening WeARE The Clinic. Clinic services focus on the underserved and marginalized in our community; youth, young adults and the uninsured.
Health Education/ Communication Specialist
PhD, APRN, CNM
We are grateful to work with the following organizations in the Brainerd Lakes Area to bring reproductive education and healthcare to our community. In addition to the organizations listed below, WeARE collaborates with local educators, Crow Wing County, law enforcement, and other medical professionals.
If your organization is interested in partnering with WeARE to bring accurate and evidence-based reproductive education to our community, please contact us.
WeARE@CLC: We partner with Central Lakes College to bring education and sexual health services to more than 5,000 students 2 days every week. Clinic services include birth control, STI testing and treatment and education. As part our commitment to outreach education, WeARE hosts Lunch and Learn series, sponsors community education forums and works closely with the nursing program to provide expanded education opportunities for these students.
We partner with The Shop to provide monthly SxTalks to youth and young adults. Some examples of recent SxTalks include sexual health topics such as consent, sexually transmitted infections, and gender 101.
We partner with Port boy’s and girl’s home. We offer our Let’s Talk series on sexual health topics such as consent, contraception options, condoms, sexually transmitted diseases, and gender 101.
We partner with the Mid-Minnesota Women’s Center (MMWC) in Brainerd to staff a Registered Nurse weekly at the shelter who offers education and sexually transmitted infection testing. Residents of MMWC are transported to WeARE The Clinic for annual exams, birth control, and other appointments with a medical professional.