Earlier this month, as a part of Santa Barbara County’s Emerging Leaders Program cohort, Gina Fischer, Director of Public Policy and Community Engagement for Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara, Ventura & San Luis Obispo Counties, Inc. (PPSBVSLO) created an engaging presentation taking aim at reducing abortion stigma in her community. As part of the cohort’s “Community Landscape” session, each participant was challenged to communicate only a few compelling facts and figures to tell the story of why their organization does what it does.
While PPSBVSLO serves an impressive number of women, men and teens on the Central Coast (more than 36,000 annually), and only 4% of services are abortion-related, Gina took this opportunity to make a presentation with the goal to reduce abortion stigma. By answering the central question of, “Who Gets Abortions in the US?” and armed with statistics from the Guttmacher Institute, Gina was able to use the visual power of Prezi to convey to the audience that abortion is a common part many women’s lives—in fact, one in three women will get an abortion by age 45—something that many people do not realize.
The presentation was well-received by her peers and was later presented to PPSBVSLO’s Action Fund Board. Jefferson Litten, Energy Program Manager At Community Environmental Council, and a member of the ELP cohort, commented that her presentation, “was impactful and eye-opening.” Litten continued, “Gina’s effective integration of graphics and compelling statistics, visually reinforced the importance of Planned Parenthood’s work not only locally, but nationally as well.”
She plans on taking this presentation on the road with the hope that more people come to the conclusion that abortion is not only a common experience for millions of women, but that it should remain safe, legal and accessible. You can check out the presentation on Prezi and see more statistics from the presentation.
About the Emerging Leaders Program: ELP specializes in developing the next generation of nonprofit leaders in Santa Barbara County. Combining a professionally relevant curriculum with support in making deep connections with peers, mentors, and community leaders, ELP is designed to help participants increase their leadership impact in their organization and the sector at large. Participants come from the non-profit, government and social sectors and move forward with new resources and approaches their leadership journey.