CAI became the Regional Infrastructure Support (Infrastructure) for the Region IV Infertility Prevention Project (IPP) in September 2008 when we were awarded the contract by the Office of Population Affairs to serve as the Title X Regional Training Center for Region IV. The Region IV IPP is comprised of federally funded family planning agencies, STD bureaus and public health laboratories in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The Region IV 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 health equity through the promotion and establishment of efficient and effective systems for screening, diagnosis and treatment of females age <26 and their partners for chlamydia and gonorrhea.
All Region IV IPP Infrastructure coordinating activities are administered by CAI’s Center for Capacity Development (CCD) located in Atlanta, GA. CAI’s central office in New York City provides support for program direction and coordination and prevalence monitoring data management and analysis activities. The team of professionals assembled offer the project decades of direct experience in the management of infertility prevention and community engagement projects at the regional, project area and local level.
The primary role of the Infrastructure is to support and improve the ability of public health departments to implement IPP activities and promote the adoption of evidence-based interventions that prevent STD-related infertility and promote gonorrhea health equities. This includes support in evaluating outcomes of program interventions as identified. In addition, the Infrastructure is charged with providing centralized project management and coordination of all regional IPP activities within Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Region IV. A core area of project management is the maintenance of a chlamydia and gonorrhea prevalence monitoring data system.