National Infertility Prevention Project (IPP)
The National Infertility Prevention Project (IPP) began as a demonstration project in Region X (Pacific Northwest area) in 1988 with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Office of Population Affairs. In 1995, all ten federal public health service regions received funding.
The goal of IPP is to implement effective prevention strategies designed to reduce the debilitating complications, including infertility, that are caused by Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae infection in the United States. These goals are accomplished by screening and treating women for chlamydial infections, engaging in prevention counseling and education, as well as partner referral and treatment.
IPP service delivery funds can be used for the following ten activities as per Prevention Health Amendments of 1992:
- Provide screening
- Provide treatment
- Provide counseling for the prevention and control of the disease
- Provide follow-up services
- Provide referrals for necessary medical services for women screened
- Provide services to partners of women screened
- Provide outreach services to inform women of availability of services
- Provide public information and education on prevention and control of the disease
- Provide training to health care providers in carrying out the screening and counseling
- 50% of service delivery funds for Family Planning Agencies
Sites may also propose to use up to 20% of total Infertility Prevention funds to support male chlamydia screening and treatment.
Regional Infertility Prevention Projects
From 1995-2012, JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. successfully served as the coordinator of the Region I Infertility Prevention Project (IPP). Further information about the Region I Infertility Prevention Project can be obtained on JSI.com.