The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA

3050.0: Monday, November 11, 2002 - 8:30 AM

Abstract #51820

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Epidemiology, Prevention and Intervention - A CDC Update

R. Louise Floyd, DSN, RN, Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4770 Buford Highway Mailstop F-49, Atlanta, GA 30341, 770/488-7372,

Recent CDC studies find that 1 in 8 pregnant women in U.S. report consuming alcohol in the past month, with about 1 in 30 reporting levels of use that have been most consistently related to adverse outcomes for the child. Additional CDC prevalence reports indicate that FAS continues to be one of the most common, preventable, developmental disabilities affecting children in the U.S. Effective prevention of FAS and other prenatal alcohol-related conditions includes identifying women at highest risk and intervening with them prior to pregnancy. Project CHOICES, a clinical study using a preconception approach to preventing alcohol-exposed pregnancy found that 2/3 of participants reduced their risk status after receiving a motivational intervention focused on both alcohol reduction and pregnancy postponement until problem drinking was resolved. Reaching women at risk for an alcohol-exposed pregnancy with information and interventions is the focus of an extensive education and awareness effort currently underway by CDC involving both broad-based and targeted campaigns. Also underway is a multi--university consortium investigating effective approaches for intervening with children with FAS and other prenatal-alcohol related effects. This presentation will provide further information on all these CDC-sponsored programs.

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

Keywords: Alcohol Use,

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

Fetal alcohol syndrome prevention

The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA