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Strategic Plan

Improving Women’s Reproductive Health, Pregnancy Health, and Infant Health

Founded in 1967, CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health (DRH) has recently implemented a refocused strategic plan that puts into action specific strategies to improve women’s reproductive health, pregnancy health, and infant health. These changes will help us continue to work with our partners to improve clinical and behavioral norms that are expected to produce even greater effects on families in our communities, especially those with disparities.

Optimal reproductive health for a healthy future.

To promote optimal and equitable health in women and infants through public health surveillance, research, leadership, and partnership to move science to practice.

Accountability, Respect, and Integrity

Priority Areas
Women’s Reproductive Health, Pregnancy Health, and Infant Health

Core Functions

The core functions are services within the division that are used to accomplish our mission.

Monitor the burden of disease, risk factors, preventive services, and other associated factors.

Support health research that contributes to effective, evidence-based and informed public health practices, programs, and policies.

Science to Practice:
Identify and implement effective strategies for promoting the translation of science to practice.

Strategic Partnerships:
Develop targeted approaches and strengthen partnerships that increase the application of science to practice.

Capacity Building, Preparedness, and Response:
Assist agencies and organizations to develop their capacity to implement surveillance, research, best practices, and respond during disasters and outbreaks.

Technical and Operational Support:
Develop efficient internal processes, operations, communications, and systems to better serve the public.

Priority Areas and Health Outcome Goals

Within each of the three main priority areas, the outcome goals further define how we will measure the outcomes and effects from our work.

Women's Reproductive Health:
Improve women’s health from menarche through menopause.

1.Increase the percentage of pregnancies that are intended.
2.Increase the proportion of women who practice key preventive health behaviors.
3.Integrate selected reproductive and non-reproductive health services.

Pregnancy Health:
Improve pregnancy health and care.

1.Increase screening, prevention, and treatment for infections and chronic conditions before, during, and after pregnancy.
2.Increase the proportion of women who practice behaviors that foster healthy pregnancies.
3.Increase the number of countries and US states with effective surveillance systems used to monitor and review maternal deaths.

Infant Health:
Improve fetal, newborn, and infant health.

1.Reduce morbidity and mortality by reducing the burden of preterm birth.
2.Reduce SUID (Sudden Unexplained Infant Death) through improved surveillance, and reduction of disparities.
3.Improve the health of the fetus and newborn through optimal care before, during, and after pregnancy.

Strategic Areas of Focus

The strategic areas of focus (SAFs) are specific targets used to measure the effect of  CDC’s efforts throughout the next 3 to 5 years. They are not inclusive of all work, but will help us measure accountability and achievement of successes.

Chronic Disease Prevention in Women of Reproductive Age:
Advance integration of chronic disease prevention and health promotion in health care services, programs, and policies affecting women of reproductive age.

Family Planning Methods, Services, and Utilization:
Develop and promote evidence base for quality family planning services and methods.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention:
Develop and promote evidence-based programs, policies, and practices for preventing teen pregnancy.

Maternal Mortality and Complications of Pregnancy:
Identify, review, and monitor maternal deaths and complications of pregnancy to prevent them.

Infant Morbidity and Mortality:
Address research and surveillance gaps and investigate emerging health issues during the first year after birth, placing special emphasis on preterm birth and sudden unexpected infant deaths.

Global Reproductive Health:
Provide technical assistance for activities to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality and severe morbidity in high mortality settings, primarily through monitoring, evaluating, and building in-country capacity.

Future Directions

The strategic plan framework will be periodically reviewed to ensure it remains a useful and relevant guide for management and planning decisions over the next 3 to 5 years. CDC is committed to continue our collaborations with partners to effectively translate our science into public health practice, realign resources for the greatest effect, and identify areas and conditions with the largest benefits and best return on prevention investments.

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