Region I Infertility Prevention Project

Region I IPP

Overview of Region I Infertility Prevention Project (IPP)

The overall goal of the Region I Infertility Prevention Project is to assess and reduce preventable infertility from sexually transmitted disease (STD)-related complications in populations at risk for STDs through the collaborative efforts of state STD programs, family planning providers, and public health laboratories in Region I.

The key components of the regional infertility prevention programs are:

  1. Clinical (screening, treatment, partner management)
  2. Training and Education (of clinicians and laboratorians)
  3. Laboratory (tests, bulk purchasing, performance, turn-around-time, quality assurance)
  4. Surveillance (local, state, regional data collection, management, and analysis)

To download the Region I Infertility Prevention Project Regional Plan (2009), click here.

New Members Orientation

This recording was made during a presentation given on November 3, 2008 as an introduction for new members joining the IPP Advisory Board. To view, please right click here and click "Save link as" to download a copy of the webinar onto your computer.

Chlamydia Screening Criteria:

In Region I, each project area determines its screening guidelines for Chlamydia. The current Chlamydia screening guidelines in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine are to screen all sexually active women <25 years old, and sexually active women 25 years old and older who have new or multiple partners since last tested and/or who had an STD in the previous 12 months. Massachusetts and Rhode Island recommend screening all sexually active women <26 years old and sexually active women 26 years old and older who have new or multiple partners and/or who had an STD in the previous 12 months. Connecticut recommends screening all sexually active women <26 years old. All women who are pregnant or who present with symptoms of mucopurulent cervicitis (MPC) or pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) are eligible for Chlamydia testing. Adherence to the screening criteria is monitored by each state through an annual data audit.

Role of JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc:

Since 1995, JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI), a non-profit public health consulting company, has received infrastructure funds to administer the Region I Infertility Prevention Project. The specific infrastructure responsibilities of JSI include: 1) administration and coordination of the day-to-day management of the project including organizing and conducting the Advisory Board meetings, arranging the printing of clinic lab slips and data entry; 2) facilitation of communication with all pertinent IPP partners; 3) development and oversight of data management and analysis activities; and 4) education and program promotion.

 

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.