County expands reproductive health services – St. Louis Call Newspapers

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page, right, and his wife, Jennifer, head to the polls Tuesday morning in Creve Coeur to vote for Page in the Democratic primary. Jennifer Page was dressed in gowns on her way to work at Mercy Hospital South.

County Executive Sam Page announced Monday that he was signing an executive order committing the county to continue and expand reproductive and sexual health services.

The county already offers services such as family planning, counseling, nutrition services, examinations and health screenings for female-dominated cancers. Page said pregnancy and childbirth services are integrated with primary care services.

“In addition to these specific services and initiatives, our health department supports policies that improve the social determinant of health,” Page said. “This includes access to all types of health care, economic stability, quality education, safe housing and safe neighborhoods.”

Page said the expansion of departmental health services will include staff training on racial bias, counseling and contraception. The order will strengthen the department’s relationship with the Missouri Family Health Council.

Infrastructure was also a focus of Page’s announcement. He said the department’s online database was last updated 20 years ago and an update would make services run much more smoothly.

“Yes, most of this comes at a price. We are in a unique position with an unprecedented amount of federal funding coming forward,” Page said. “The time has never been clearer to renew our commitment to providing reproductive and sexual health services.”