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Caring & Sharing: the gift of affordable health care - and information

Nora Bartel

Over a third of the 72,000 Minnesotans served by Planned Parenthood every year depend on Medicaid for their health insurance.  So without the organization, it would be tough for them to access breast cancer screenings, cervical cancer screenings, birth control and other kinds of preventative health care.

But Planned Parenthood also trains peer counselors for high school students through its Teen Councilprogram, kids who undergo training on everything from abstinence to birth control to issues like consent, sexual assault, and healthy relationships. Young people are more likely to seek out other young people for answers to their questions and help when they need it.

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.