by: ASRM Office Of Public Affairs
Published in ASRM Bulletin Volume 16, Number 31
Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the final version of its National Public Health Action Plan for the Detection, Prevention and Management of Infertility.
The National Action Plan developed over the course of seven years and began with an ad hoc working group that the CDC formed in 2007 to examine the scope of activities that were happening across the federal agency that were devoted to infertility. The working group was tasked with identifying gaps and opportunities in public health surveillance, research, communications, programs and policy development in this area. That assessment led to the publication of a white paper outlining the need for a national action plan on infertility and subsequently a 2008 symposium in which ASRM and approximately 60 other stakeholders participated. A draft National Action Plan was released in May 2012. ASRM provided input at each step of process under which the National Action Plan was developed and will continue to be involved as the National Action Plan is implemented.
The goals of the National Action Plan are to:
- Promote healthy behaviors to maintain and preserve fertility;
- Promote prevention and early detection and treatment of medical conditions that can threaten fertility; and
- Reduce exposures to environmental, occupational, infectious and iatrogenic agents that can threaten fertility.
The National Action Plan is available at www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/Infertility/PublicHealth.htm.
The CDC will host a Public Health Grand Rounds on August 19, 2014 on infertility.
For more information please see www.cdc.gov/cdcgrandrounds.
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