NOFAS Weekly Roundup June 1, 2015

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NOFAS Reception in Washington, DC - June 16, 2015

The 2015 NOFAS Reception will be held at the outdoor patio of the Embassy of Italy on June 16 from 5:30 – 8:00 PM in Washington, D.C. Pizza will be provided by Oro Catering. 

Tickets can be purchased for $25.  If you are living with FASD or are a family member of an individual with FASD, you may purchase one ticket for your entire immediate family.  Join NOFAS, its affiliates, supporters, friends, family, and FASD advocates from around the country to celebrate alcohol-free pregnancies and the achievements of children and adults living with FASD.


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Introducing the 2015 International FASD Awareness Day Promotional Packet

This packet is a culmination of ideas from The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), The Arc of the United States, CDC-Practice and Implementation Centers, CDC-CHOICES Partners, NOFAS, and the NOFAS State Affiliate Network.  The document can be downloaded online (PDF and Word).  You can post your FASD Day-related efforts and events to this page on the NOFAS website.

FASD Statistics on the Rise in New Zealand

“In New Zealand, it is estimated that between 600 and 3,000 children are born every year with FASD. According to Ministry of Health figures, one in four mothers continue to drink alcohol during pregnancy.”


 new zealand health 
Radio News Report on FASD in Alaska

This report discusses efforts to address the issues of FASD and emotional trauma in an Alaskan community.  Vickie Tinker, FASD coordinator for Frontier Community Services, says, “we could pick any one of those areas — mental health, medical care, school, corrections, juvenile justice — and talk for days about how FASD and exposure to emotional trauma impact these people.”
– KDLL 91.9 FM

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Foster Mother in Recovery Raising
Children with FASD

Sherron Sunnex is currently fostering three children, two of whom have FASD.  “Against the odds, Ms Sunnex dragged herself away from the life of addiction and depression and dedicated her life to helping others. She has now been nominated for a Pride of New Zealand award.”
Wanganui Chronicle

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New Program Helps Youth with FASD in Ohio

Karen Dickerson got help for her grandson with FASD after he became aggressive and she reached out to her caseworker to say that she couldn’t control him.  She said, "I didn't want to send him away or lock him up." Karen was referred to a team of mental health professionals, who arrived on the scene, helping to calm her grandson without police involvement.
– Newark Advocate

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Voluntary Exercise Partially Reverses Neonatal Alcohol-Induced Deficits

This study evaluates “the effect of neonatal alcohol exposure on mPFC Layer II/III basilar dendritic morphology in adolescent male rats. Additionally, it examines the potential for voluntary exercise to mitigate alcohol-induced deficits on mPFC dendritic complexity.”
– Synapse

Computer-Delivered Screening and Brief Intervention for Alcohol Use in Pregnancy: A Pilot Randomized Trial

This trial “evaluated the feasibility and acceptability of an interactive, empathic, video-enhanced, and computer-delivered SBI (e-SBI) plus 3 tailored mailings, and estimated intervention effects.”
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research

Placental Fatty Acid Ethyl Esters Are Elevated with Maternal Alcohol Use
in Pregnancies Complicated by Prematurity

This study concludes that, “nearly one third of premature pregnancies were alcohol-exposed, and that elevated placental FAEEs hold great promise to accurately determine maternal alcohol use, particularly heavy use, in pregnancies complicated by premature delivery.”
– PLOS One



Watch NOFAS Recorded Webinar:
Mobilizing the FASD Community to Take Action

The webinar is presented by Sara Messelt, Executive Director of MOFAS, Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. The webinar provides a step by step process for mobilizing community members to take action to prevent FASD and stand up for those who are living with an FASD.






No webinars listed this week.



FASD Events

Here are some upcoming events in the FASD Community: 
Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for alcohol and other drug use: An Interprofessional Conference 
June 9-10, 2015. Pittsburgh, PA. “Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is a public health and evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs… The target audience for this conference are health professionals – nurses, nurse practitioners, doctors, pharmacists, dentists, dental hygienists, behavioral health counselors, social workers, and public health workers.”

FETAL ALCOHOL & OTHER NEUROBEHAVIORAL CONDITIONS: Understanding & Application of a Brain-Based Approach 
July 9-11, 2015. Portland, Oregon. “This session provides information about FASD and the effects of alcohol and other drugs on behaviors of children, adolescents and adults. FASD is a brain-based, neurobehavioral condition. The workshop will educate you on the current status of research for identification and on a best practices approach for treatment and accommodations. The goal is to increase understanding, reduce frustration, and expand options.”

Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) National Conference November 5-7, 2015. Washington, DC. “This year's theme is "Integrating Policy and Research into Teaching and Practice." We have planned an exciting conference featuring oral abstract and poster sessions, skills-focused workshops, one-on-one career mentoring, and plenary sessions addressing issues of national and international importance. Conference Travel Awards are available!”

Call for Presentations: MOFAS FASD Matters Conference 
November 19-20, 2015. Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. MOFAS is looking for presentations that: provide new information, ideas and solutions for families, agencies, and systems to implement, share innovative strategies, tools, and best practices, increase the knowledge, skills, and abilities of those living and/or working with someone with an FASD.


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