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Clinton School grads help WeARE prepare new clinic space in Brainerd

Web posted July 11, 2017
WeARE - Advocates for Reproductive Education - and volunteers have been busy getting their new clinic space ready for a 2017 fall opening.

Katherine Brown (Detroit), Emma McCauley (Chicago), and Kathryn Baxter (Baltimore), all University of Arkansas Clinton School grads, traveled to Brainerd to take part in 24-hour blitz clean-up day to help renovate the “WeARE The Clinic” space. They painted, cleaned, and planted perennials at the new clinic site. According to Sue Hadland, NP and WeARE board member, “the enthusiasm of these smart, energetic young women really gave us all a boost."

The Clinton School of Public Service was the first school in the nation to offer a Master of Public Service (MPS) degree with the intent to provide experience and knowledge to further careers in the areas of nonprofit, governmental, volunteer or private sector service.

After offering monthly education and advocacy in the Brainerd Lakes Area for the past two years, WeARE is now moving forward to provide clinic services including education, birth control, and testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The clinic will be located on James Street in Brainerd and initially have clinic hours two afternoons a week. While focusing on the underserved population of youth and young adults, no one will be turned away.

WeARE believes that all people have a right to evidence-based, non-judgmental, confidential reproductive healthcare services and finds such services unavailable for many teens and young adults in Crow Wing County.

Becky Twamley, Executive Director of WeARE said, “These women are amazing public servants. They drove all day to get here from Chicago, worked a long day at the new clinic site and spent the next day driving back! Their commitment to nonprofit and public service work is an inspiration for me.”

Currently, these recent graduates are employed in various areas of the public sector but their strong commitment to reproductive health issues brought them to Brainerd, if only for a short visit. Kathryn Baxter insisted as she left, “We’ll see you in the fall for the grand opening... this is important work and we wouldn’t miss it for anything!”

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