RALEIGH, N.C.-- Planned Parenthood Health Systems announced June 28 that Pamela Van Horn will join the organization as the West Virginia Director of Public Affairs.
Van Horn has more than 20
years of experience with political campaigns, advocacy, training and
"For 96 years, Planned Parenthood has provided safe, high-quality health
care and medically accurate reproductive health education to women, men and
their families," Van Horn said. "I am
pleased to join an organization that is, without question, the most trusted
provider of family planning services in the country."
Horn will focus on planning and implementing Planned Parenthood Health Systems
grassroots organizing, lobbying and electoral advocacy programs in West
Virginia. She will serve as the primary
public spokesperson and chief lobbyist representing PPHS to the state's
Virginians may not realize that Planned Parenthood is the nation's largest
provider of birth control, sexually transmitted infection detection and
prevention and breast health care," Van Horn said. "Often their clinics are in chronically
underserved communities and may be the primary source of health care for all
living there, including men and children."
Planned Parenthood Health Systems, Van Horn served as the founding
Executive Director of the West Virginia Democratic Legislative Council
which elects Democratic candidates to the state Legislature. She also started the West Virginia Women Vote
voter outreach program. Prior to her
work with the WVDLC, she was the state coordinator for Gov. Gaston
Caperton's West Virginia Make it Shine, an environmental education and
community clean-up program. Van Horn
is a small business owner and a graduate of Marshall University, the West Virginia
Chamber of Commerce's Leadership West Virginia Program and The Women's Campaign
School at Yale University. She grew up
in Lewisburg and lives in Charleston.