October 2014 – Newly Funded Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Efforts
CDC has recently awarded funding to FASD Practice and Implementation Centers (PICs). Six university-based centers will work closely with medical societies, national professional organizations, and national partner organizations to develop, deliver, disseminate, and evaluate FASD training programs for health care professionals addressing the prevention, identification, and treatment of FASDs. Program activities will have an increased emphasis on primary prevention, training, and sustained practice change among health care professionals. New awardees are University of Alaska Anchorage; Baylor College of Medicine; University of California, San Diego; University of Missouri; University of Nevada, Reno; and University of Wisconsin.
In addition, two medical societies, two universities and a national partner organization have been funded to work collaboratively with the FASD Practice and Implementation Centers. This group of grantees will assist the FASD PICs in the development of discipline-specific training; leverage medical and professional organizations in co-branding, promoting, and disseminating training to their members; connect providers to community resources; and offer materials that reflect perspectives of those living with FASDs. New awardees include: American Academy of Pediatrics; American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing; University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work; and National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.