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STD-related Reproductive Health, Prevention, Training, and Technical Assistance Centers (STDRHPTTACs)
CDC, in collaboration with the Office of Population Affairs (OPA) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), supports a national network of regional STD-related Reproductive Health, Prevention, Training, and Technical Assistance Centers (STDRHPTTACs) that provide technical assistance and training to state, local, territorial, and tribal STD and Title X Family Planning programs to strengthen program management and delivery of STD services and improve quality of reproductive-health-related STD services.
The goals of this network are to address these shared CDC objectives:
- Reduce pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) (as measured by initial visits to physicians) in women 15-44
- Reduce the prevalence of gonorrhea in women aged 15-44 years
- Reduce incidence of P&S syphilis among women
- Reduce incidence of congenital syphilis
- Reduce the racial disparity of P&S syphilis
The key activities of the STDRHPTTACs include:
- STD Prevalence Monitoring- support the implementation, use, and evaluation of prevalence monitoring at the state, local, territorial, or tribal level.
- Billing and Reimbursement Technical Assistance - support the implementation, use, and evaluation of implementing third-party billing and reimbursement systems in STD prevention services in clinics and family planning facilities.
- Strategic planning - convene STD programs, family planning, and other interested parties to discuss and advance ongoing issues regarding adolescent and women’s STD-related reproductive health services, including infertility prevention.
- Provider Education Training - Provide training and technical assistance to state, local, territorial, and tribal STD and Title X family planning programs to educate health care providers and consumers about STDs, including prevention strategies, risk factors, prevalence rates, screening and treatment recommendations, and STD disparities; and promote health equity and the benefits of program collaboration and service integration.
- Best Practices - identify, disseminate and support implementation and adaptation of promising and/or best practices and evidence-based approached to improve management and quality of STD-related reproductive health prevention services.