Written by Jennifer Spencer, Digital Communications Manager, PerkStreet Financial
Usually Infertility advocacy involves a lot of pavement pounding, door knocking, and urging agencies and officials to listen to our stories and messages. This time, the CDC is coming to us! They are asking for comments on their draft of a National Action Plan on Infertility, and they need to hear from you by June 15.
About the Draft
In 2010 an Infertility working group within the CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health developed a paper outlining the various gaps that exist in public health surveillance, research and policy development related to infertility.
The plan addresses male and female Infertility and, according to the CDC’s website, “the plan outlines and summarizes actions needed to promote, preserve, and restore the ability of women in the United States to conceive, carry a pregnancy to term, and deliver a healthy infant. This goal extends beyond simply addressing the inability to conceive but also focuses on reducing the burden of impaired fecundity by promoting behaviors that maintain fertility; by promoting prevention, early detection, and treatment of medical conditions; and by reducing environmental and occupational threats to fertility.”
What You Can Do
Review the draft
The draft is divided into three chapters: Detection of Infertility, Prevention of Infertility, and Management of Infertility. In each chapter the CDC outlines the public health importance, challenges, and opportunities. Read through it before submitting your comments – do you think they have it right? Is there something they’re missing? Use your experience to inform on the national level!
Mail a comment to:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
NCCDPHP, Division of Reproductive Health
Attn: NAP Docket No. CDC-2012-0004
4770 Buford Highway NE, K-34
Atlanta, Georgia, 30341
Submissions must include the agency name and Docket No.CDC-2012-0004.
Note: All relevant comments received will be posted publicly without change. If you wish to have your comments remain confidential, please DO NOT enter your contact information in the form.
If you have further questions, contact Denise Jamieson at the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at 770-488-5200.
Do not miss out on this once in a lifetime chance to truly shape a comprehensive nationwide plan to address Infertility. Your comments will make a difference today and for years to come.
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