The Converge organization has launched GetPersonal, which will allow Mississippians to have online consultations with a doctor about family planning medication.
Non-profit dedicated to accessible reproductive healthcare is starting a new telehealth program
Patients from all over the state will be able to receive up to a year's worth of birth control with or without insurance, and a doctor will be available for messaging up to a year afterwards.
Jamie Bardwell is a co-founder of Converge. She says one of the main goals of this program was to better serve a state with many healthcare deserts.
"We do not have enough brick-and-mortar clinics or clinicians to meet the current demand for health care." she said. "The combination of telemedicine with our network of brick-and-mortar Title 10 clinics is the way that we can make sure people have the care they need no matter where they live."
The process to get started with GetPersonal includes an online questionnaire and a consultation with a healthcare provider. Danielle Lampton, the other co-founder of Converge, says this service is much needed in a world without Roe v. Wade.
"There was a need to expand rapid access to birth control for Mississippians... that has never been more true than after the Dobbs ruling." she said. "It's also true that emergency contraception and all forms of birth control that are FDA approved remain legal."
Converge will also send a free reproductive health kit that includes sexual health items and emergency contraception medication upon request.