Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders FASD Prevention Awareness

Background

The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Prevention Project is a national initiative of The Arc funded by the R.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) through a $1.3 million Cooperative Agreement.

Core Purpose of the FASD Prevention Project

The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum disorder Prevention Project educates health care providers (doctors, nurses, etc.) about the dangers of alcohol use during pregnancy and the need for appropriate alcohol screening and treatment to prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). A significant gap in provider knowledge continues to exist and many providers still feel that it is safe for a woman to consume a small amount of alcohol during pregnancy, despite all the studies which indicate that any alcohol usage during pregnancy places a child at risk.

Why The Arc

FASD is the #1 preventable cause of intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Arc of Fort Bend County has partnered with Oakbend Medical Center, Access Health, the Pregnancy Resource Medical Center, Fort Bend Women’s Center and Clear Channel Outdoor to implement the FASD Prevention Project in Fort Bend County.

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