KBBI listeners know Claudia Haines from her year on the air as the host of Radio Story Time. It was when she was a librarian at the Homer Public Library. Today, she is CEO of the Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic.
“I think my library colleagues kind of said it best that it was a really good fit for a librarian partly because it involves literacy, but just a different kind of literacy. And I think the clinic and the youth programs and the playroom are really on point. Connecting people to high-quality information and this kind of evidence-based information that, you know, empowers them to make really good decisions about their lives,” Haines said. “And it was really similar to the work that goes on in the library. And so I’m truly honored to look at this community wellness web from a different perspective.
Haines said the clinic is a great organization to be part of.
“KBFPC became a nonprofit in the mid-1980s, so it’s been in the community for a very long time,” Haines said. “And that kind of evolved into where we are now, which is a pretty robust clinic that provides, you know, reproductive health and sexual health care for people all over the southern Kenai peninsula.”
The clinic has two health care providers and offers services five days a week. The clinic also operates the REC room, for teenagers.
“The REC Room is really this youth resource and enrichment co-op, which is where the REC comes from. And so the REC room is part of the youth space, and it’s also the hub for youth programs, which provide reproductive and sexual health in this kind of peer educator model,” he said. she declared.
The clinic is currently the only recipient of a Title 10 federal grant in the state, but Haines says its funding sources are many and varied.
“The idea behind the clinic is that we provide free and inexpensive services to people who need them so that none of the services are out of reach. A kind of equitable access model. But we also accept private insurance, Medicaid, and private compensation, and those insurance and private compensation revenues also help fund the clinic, as do donations from the Pink Flag campaign,” Haines said. “So for anyone who saw pink flags at over 60 businesses displaying these pink flags during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so that the money helps support the clinic. And we receive grants from the ‘Alaska Run for Women.’ We got one from the Pride Foundation, so a lot of different funding sources.
Haines says that in these times of a pandemic, preventative health care is essential.
“I would like to remind people that preventative care is really important right now when the whole healthcare system is really taxed and challenged. And part of when we expanded the clinic hours this summer and you know, added more access to supply, with that idea and that spirit,” she said. “So when we have preventative care, it allows us to make decisions about our health that might in a way that might be more intentional and a little less difficult.”
Haines says she misses Radio Story Time on KBBI, which was a kind of preventative mental health care that helped the community through a dark time in the first year of the pandemic.