NWP Doctors Sponsor Volunteer Event to support PERIOD, a Youth-Run Non-profit

September 12, 2018

Last Saturday, Dr. Eric Warshaw, NWP Director of Operations for OB-GYN, and Dr. Lisa Bisgard, Chief of Pediatrics, sponsored a Kaiser Permanente Northwest volunteer event for employees from the OB-GYN and pediatrics teams.

Over 20 KPNW employees and their family members gathered to support the youth-run non-profit PERIOD for a “Packing Party,” to pack 1,000 bags filled with menstrual hygiene products for underserved populations in the Portland, Oregon, metro area.

Co-founded by Nadya Okamoto in 2014, when she was a Portland-area high school student, PERIOD’s mission is to provide menstrual products to those in need. Further, PERIOD is behind a nationwide and international movement known as The Menstrual Movement, which exists to destigmatize menstruation.

“This is a remarkable non-profit started by a remarkable young woman!” said Dr. Bisgard. “Her story is inspiring. It was great to have many of our kids there to hear how one young woman’s inspiration — she was 16 when she started this — to help others has spurred such a growing and successful movement.”

“As our organization looks to community organizations to support our member’s needs, I felt this was an opportune moment to combine forces,” said Dr. Warsaw. “It was a great opportunity not only for our departments but for their families as well.”

“We were excited to pull our team and families together to help serve our community and live NWP’s B Corp values,” said Mary Jan Govaerts, Program Manager, Thriving Families Service Line.

“I am really proud to be a part of this and represent NWP.” said Dr. Bisgard. “It was a great event!”

Leaders from PERIOD, The Menstrual Movement, join Dr. Lisa Bisgard (second from left) and Dr. Eric Warsaw, at Saturday’s volunteer event.

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