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Making the Case for STD Prevention and Treatment Services

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.  The fact that the recommended “core components and program strategies” are based on and linked to each one of the 10 Essential Public Health Services delineated in the Institute of Medicine’s Reports: The Future of Public Health (1988) and The Future of the Public’s Health in the Twenty-first Century (2002) provides a common language that is easily understood by public health practitioners and policy makers and helped me to convince administrative staff in my agency of the need to support and fund these program strategies and activities. As an example, we used the NCSD Core Component related to conducting disease and behavioral surveillance and generating reports* to help justify our development and publication of an annual STD Epidemiologic Profile for Illinois.

-- Charlie Rabins, former STD Program Director
Illinois Department of Public Health


*NCSD STD Program Core Component #4: “Conduct analysis of STD disease trends using demographic information.” 

NCSD's STD Program Core Components and Strategies - 2012 can be found here.

 STD Core Components