The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA

3050.0: Monday, November 11, 2002 - 8:45 AM

Abstract #51090

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) Center for Excellence: Leading and coordinating efforts to address FAS through an ecological approach

Samia Dawud-Noursi, PHD1, Gabriella Newes-Adeyi, MPH, PhD1, Madeleine F. Wallace, PhD1, Daniel Dubovsky, MSW1, Deborah Stone, PhD2, and Paul Brounstein, PhD3. (1) FAS Center for Excellence, NGIT Health Solutions, 1700 Research Boulevard, Suite 400, Rockville, MD 20850, (301) 294 5714,, (2) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockwall II, Suite 1075, Rockville, MD 20857, (3) Divison of State and Community Systems, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockwall II - Suite 930, Rockville, MD 20857

The estimated incidence of FAS in the United States is 0.5 to 3 per 1,000 live births (IOM, 1996). Individuals with FAS face a complex set of debilitating and costly secondary disabilities, including mental health disorders, disrupted school experience, trouble with the law, substance abuse problems, and problems with employment. The FAS Center for Excellence was established in 2001 by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration with the purpose of leading and coordinating national efforts to address FAS. Key goals include: (1) to establish a nationally recognized Center for Excellence that serves the needs of its stakeholders and is responsive to developments in the field; (2) to develop a national focal point for synthesis of evidence-based strategic and programmatic thinking on FAS and for development of best practices; (3) to build a national resource for technical assistance and training in FAS, and to facilitate community-to-community networking; and (4) to monitor policy changes in FAS. The FAS Center's work is guided by an understanding that effectively addressing FAS demands attention to the complex interaction between individuals with FAS, their families, communities, systems and policies. In this presentation we will present the development and organization of the FAS Center for Excellence, and will outline our ecological approach to addressing FAS, including examining issues related to screening and diagnosis, promoting effective prevention and treatment options through multiple service systems, providing training and technical assistance to families and communities, and monitoring legislative and policy developments.

Learning Objectives: By the end of this session, participants will be able to

Keywords: Alcohol,

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, SAMHSA
I have a significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.
Relationship: Contractor

Fetal alcohol syndrome prevention

The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA