NOFAS Weekly Roundup February 16, 2015

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NOFAS News
NOFAS Webinar: Proven and Promising Interventions for Children with FASD
February 18, 20152:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST.
Free webinar presented by Jacquelyn Bertrand, PhD. This session will present a general intervention framework for children with FASDs and specific information on four evidence-based interventions for children with FASDs that are designed to maximize developmental potential, reduce the risk of developing secondary conditions, and provides education and support to caregivers and families.
 
Circle of Hope Valentine's Newsletter
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This newsletter features the story of Sarah, a woman who was helped by NOFAS during her pregnancy. If possible, we'd appreciate if you can print this newsletter and distribute it to women who are in treatment or incarcerated. Thanks!
 
NOFAS Spring Artwork Contest
NOFAS wants to see your creativity! Send us your drawing, painting, or other art for our Spring Artwork Contest. Winning designs will be showcased on NOFAS stationary. Send artwork by email toinformation@nofas.org, with a full name, email, phone number, and mailing address included.  Spring 2015 theme: The Joys of Spring. Submission Deadline: Friday, February 27th 
 
Public Health
New U.K. Guidelines: No Alcohol for First Three Months
“Women trying for a baby and those in the first three months of pregnancy should not drink any alcohol, updated UK guidelines say.  The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) had previously said a couple of glasses of wine a week was acceptable.  It now says abstinence is the only way to be certain that the baby is not harmed.” – BBC News
 
Guidance Cautions Against Drinking Alcohol While Trying to Conceive
“Midwives and nurses are being encouraged to have frank discussions with pregnant women about alcohol consumption, following the publication of updated patient guidance.  The revised guidelines, launched by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists today, advise women not to drink any alcohol while trying to conceive or in the first three months of pregnancy.” – Nursing Times
 
Community News
NOFAS New Hampshire to Conduct Trainings to Prevent FASD
The New Hampshire Alcohol and other Drug Service Providers Association “will be working with the NH chapter of NOFAS to conduct trainings for prenatal care providers related to prevention of FASD’s and intervention for at-risk patients… Andrea Mächt, NOFAS NH Board of Directors Chair, shares “a primary mission of NOFAS NH is that we strive to support a workforce trained and able to act on their understanding of the effects of prenatal alcohol use with the people they serve… We are very pleased to be working collaboratively with NH Providers to provide these trainings.” – NH Insider
 
Self-Advocate for FASD Featured at 'Disable the Label' Event
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“Special Olympic athlete Andrew Peterson, who has halting speech due to fetal alcohol syndrome, speaks to a gathering of Butler University students during "Disable the Label.” The event was organized… to help dispel the need to label people as someone with a "disability." – Indy Star
 
Housing for People with FASD Funded in Canada
“A Calgary social agency is receiving $500,000 from the federal government for a program to house youths involved with the justice system and who may be affected by FASD… The group will fund a new FASD housing coordinator, whose goal is to find community housing for youth who might have had issues with the law and with the disorder. – News Talk 770
 
South Africa Has One of the Highest Rates of FASD in the World
“At 15 years old, Asanda towers over her Grade 3 classmates, most of whom are about five years younger than the East Rand teen.  Asanda is one of thousands of South Africans born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)… As a result of her FAS, Asanda has learning difficulties that have held her back in school.” – Health 24
 
Research
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Underdiagnosed in Children
“Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is widely underdiagnosed in young children, preventing them from receiving crucial support services early in life, a new study finds.” - Medscape
 
Moderate Drinking Confers Little to No Health Benefit for Most People: Study
“Moderate consumption of alcohol confers little to no health benefit for most people, a new analysis of almost 53,000 adults finds. The researchers said previous studies that found light alcohol consumption could benefit health were flawed.” - Join Together
 
Study: All Cause Mortality and the Case for Age Specific Alcohol Consumption Guidelines
The objective of this study is “To examine the suitability of age specific limits for alcohol consumption and to explore the association between alcohol consumption and mortality in different age groups.” - BMJ
 
Webinars
NOFAS Webinar: Proven and Promising Interventions for Children with FASD
February 18, 20152:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST.
Free webinar presented by Jacquelyn Bertrand, PhD. This session will present a general intervention framework for children with FASDs and specific information on four evidence-based interventions for children with FASDs that are designed to maximize developmental potential, reduce the risk of developing secondary conditions, and provides education and support to caregivers and families.
 
Implementing SBIRT in Health Centers: Examples from the Field February 18, 20153:00 – 4:30 PM EST. “This webinar will discuss various SBIRT implementation models, barriers, and facilitators to implementing and sustaining SBIRT in health centers of varying sizes. Experts from different health centers across the United States and other experienced professions will discuss their lessons learned.”
 
A Method to Improve Outcomes in Treatment by Recognizing FASD February 19, 20152:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST. “In this Third Thursday iTraining, Mr. Dubovsky discusses a model for screening adults in treatment for a possible fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and modifying treatment approaches.”
 
Events 
FASD Day at the Capitol February 24, 2015. St. Paul, Minnesota. “Come together with other advocates to learn about the importance of advocating for FASD issues. Speakers will provide information on the how to effectively advocate and tell your story. You will have the opportunity to dig deeper into the proposed legislation that will affect the FASD community.”
 
Facilitator Training: Triumph Through the Challenges of FAS February 24-27, 2015. Toledo, Ohio. “Consider participating in Double ARC's… Facilitator Training. Attend a comprehensive 3 1/2 day training session to increase knowledge and facilitation techniques on understanding and raising a child with FASD. The classes utilize nationally recognized curriculum developed by Double ARC in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention… For more information on having someone in your organization trained to offer these classes in your area, contact Sister Suzette Fisher, SND, Ed.S., Director of Client Services 419.724.1353 or e-mail sfisher@toledosnd.org.
 
The 6th International Conference on FASD March 4-7, 2015. Vancouver, BC, Canada. “This advanced level conference continues to bring together experts from multiple disciplines to share international research. From the pure science, to prevention, diagnosis and intervention across the lifespan, the conference will address the implications of this research and promote scientific/community collaboration. It provides an opportunity to enhance understanding of the relationships between knowledge and research and critical actions related to FASD. First held in 1987, the conference brings together people passionate about this work in a stimulating environment where they can learn and forge new partnerships.”
 
NOFAS-UK Accredited Training Day for Health Professionals March 10, 2015. London, England. “As a health professional, what do you tell a pregnant woman about alcohol?  How might alcohol affect the baby? When is it safe to drink? Is it safe to drink at all? What is the best way to discuss alcohol with a pregnant woman? Get the answers at an RCM CPD accredited training day. Doctors, Midwives, and mothers of children with alcohol related disabilities will present the evidence.”
 
Ounce of Prevention Conference April 7, 2015. Worcester, Massachusetts. “This event is sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.”