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American Public Health Association
133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition
December 10-14, 2005
Philadelphia, PA
APHA 2005
Session: Folic Acid Education and Promotion Programs Aimed at Various Targets
4254.0: Tuesday, December 13, 2005: 2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Folic Acid Education and Promotion Programs Aimed at Various Targets
The focus of this session is on strategies to promote folic acid consumption to reduce birth defects of the brain and spinal cord. Speakers will describe interventions including multivitamin distribution and health education, as well as messages targeting health care providers. While these presentations focus on the issue of folic acid intake, the strategies and lessons learned have broad implications for health education and health promotion across various health issues.
Learning Objectives: At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
  1. Describe programs designed to increase folic acid consumption;
  2. Identify factors that contribute to the success of health education interventions; and
  3. Discuss strategies for reaching health care providers with a public health message.
Moderator(s):Theresa L. Byrd, DrPH
2:30 PMInnovative strategies to increase folic acid awareness and multivitamin use
Denise Lomuntad, MPA, Elizabeth Riggs, MPH, Stephen M. Abelman, MBA, Scott D. Berns, MD, MPH, Janis L. Biermann, MS
2:48 PMMultivitamins take them for life: A social marketing approach to behavior change  [ Recorded presentation ]
Anna B. Brown, MPH, Elizabeth R. Eslick, MEd, Maggie Tomei, BA
3:06 PMRegional folic acid education campaign: Impact on awareness and practice of health care providers
Linda M. Morgan, RPh, MBA
3:24 PMGood health looks good - folic acid every day - the Girl Scout project in Tennessee
Todd Grantham, Terri Geiser, MPH, Cindy Chafin, MEd, CHES, Barbara Shields
3:42 PMVitamin distribution for women of childbearing age: Florida's Vitagrant project
Elizabeth T. Jensen, Lori Reeves, MPH, Gail C. Rampersaud, MS, RD, LDN
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:Public Health Education and Health Promotion
Endorsed by:Food and Nutrition; Women's Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

The 133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition (December 10-14, 2005) of APHA