Elevating the Issue: The Emerging CDC National Action Plan on Infertility

May 25, 2010
1:00 pm US Eastern Time

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CHE-Fertility and Reproductive Health Working Group hosted this call highlighting the emerging Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Action Plan on the Prevention, Detection and Management of Infertility. Speakers on this call covered the background and impetus for this national action plan, what is currently happening among the working groups, and what the opportunities are for involvement by CHE colleagues in this important endeavor.

The action plan began as a white paper drafted by an agency-wide ad hoc working group in 2007 and published in 2008. Subsequently, the group hosted a Symposium on Infertility as a a Public Health Issue at the CDC in Atlanta in September 2008 and received stakeholder comment through November 2009 to produce in December 2009 an Outline for a National Action Plan for the Prevention, Detection and Management of Infertility. There are several working groups that are forming within this framework, including the Environmental and Occupational Exposures Working Group, Surveillance Working Group, Research Working Group, Policy Working Group, Infectious Disease Working Group, Male Infertility Working Group, and Fertility Preservation Working Group. Download a copy of the national action plan outline.

This call was moderated by Steve Heilig, MPH, Director of Public Health and Education for the San Francisco Medical Society and CHE.

Featured Speakers and Commentators

  • Maurizio Macaluso, MD, DrPH, Chief, Women's Health and Fertility Branch, Division of Reproductive Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Linda Giudice, MD, PhD, MSc, Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences; TheRobert B. Jaffe, MD, Endowed Professor in the Reproductive Sciences; Director, Center for Research on Origins and Biological Consequences of Human Infertility; Director, UCSF Women’s Reproductive Health Research Career Development Center; University of California, San Francisco
  • Steven Schrader, PhD, Leader, Reproductive Health Assessment Team, Biomonitoring and Health Assessment Branch, Division of Applied Research and Technology, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • Barbara Collura, Executive Director, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association