CAI, formerly the Title X Region II Family Planning Training Center, had for 15 years the role of Regional Infrastructure Support for the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Region II Infertility Prevention Project (IPP).
The Region II IPP is part of the National Infertility Prevention Project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) whose goal is to reduce and prevent STD-related infertility and promote Chlamydia and Gonorrhea health equity through the promotion and establishment of efficient and effective systems for screening, diagnosis and treatment of women age <26 and their partners for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. The DHHS Region II is comprised of federally funded family planning (FP) agencies, state/city Department of Health STD bureaus and public health laboratories in New Jersey, New York State, New York City, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
The primary role of the Infrastructure was to support and improve the ability of public health departments to provide leadership in efforts to design, implement, monitor and evaluate interventions that prevent STD-related infertility and promote Chlamydia and Gonorrhea health equity. The Infrastructure was charged with providing centralized project management and coordination for all regional IPP activities within these project areas. In addition, the Infrastructure acted in a facilitative leadership capacity in supporting and encouraging the adoption of evidence-based practices in the design and delivery of STD-related services.
Central to this role was assuring project area and regional collaboration among STD prevention programs, family planning programs, public health laboratories, and regional training centers and ensuring that these entities had access to the most up-to-date information about program best practices, National IPP Priorities, and emerging research from across the nation and world. In addition, the Infrastructure played a crucial role in facilitating project area use of prevalence monitoring and other complimentary data sets to target efforts to reduce the burden of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea infection among communities disproportionately affected.