When I started in 2006 as a new STD project director, I was eager to understand the program that I was now hired to manage and how this program would meet the expectations of the CDC federally funded prevention and care services. Staff, disease intervention performance, community partnership and surveillance seemed to be working exceptionally well on all levels, but what was not so clear was in comparison to what. What was the bar against which this program measured?
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment integrates STI and HIV activities from the initial diagnosis of HIV in Colorado. This integration provides the environment to support the utilization of data systems related to sexually transmitted infections including HIV in surveillance, partner services, and follow-up activities.
As the former Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health’s STD Program (1991-2010), I found the NCSD Core Components and Strategies to be a helpful resource in determining what activities my program should be conducting to effectively prevent and contain sexually transmitted infections.
On December 19th, 2013, the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) and the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) convened a small group of stakeholders from the policy, research, cancer, healthcare provider and sexual health fields to discuss potential policy actions to facilitate HPV/Pap co-testing, and adherence to screening guidelines.