Upcoming Webinars

See below to find upcoming webinars from The Arc's FASD Prevention Project, and from partner organizations.

Does She or Doesn’t She? A Women’s Health Perspective on Alcohol Use in Pregnancy

August 21, 2:00-3:30 pm EST
Susan Kendig, JD, MSN
AWHONN - National Partner on the FASD Prevention Project

Join us for a Peer Learning Community immediately following Sue’s webinar from 2:45 – 3:30pm EST to ask questions to the presenter and engage in lively discussion regarding techniques and lessons learned from the webinar.

Alcohol use among women of childbearing age presents many challenges to health care professionals. The medical, obstetrical, and neonatal complications associated with alcohol use during pregnancy are well established. Yet current messaging seems to be moving away from "No safe amount", to "A small amount is OK". This presentation will provide an overview of alcohol dependence from a women's health perspective, with emphasis on alcohol use during pregnancy. Assessment strategies to identify women at risk for or currently using alcohol in pregnancy, and mechanisms to facilitate brief interventions and referrals will be presented. Additionally, participants will consider alternate messages that encourage pregnant women to informed decisions about alcohol use in pregnancy.

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PARTNER WEBINAR: Communication, Care Coordination and Co-management

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)—via its Program to Enhance the Health and Development of Infants and Children—is offering a series of four 30-minute educational webinars focused on raising awareness of primary care clinicians regarding the diagnosis and treatment for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs). The educational webinars will focus on identification, diagnosis, referral, and management of FASDs.

Date/Time: August 27, 2014 at 3 pm ET (30 minutes)
Faculty: Phillip John Matthias, MD, FAAP and Ira Chasnoff, MD

The communication, care coordination and co-management session will confirm the importance of a medical home and its role in working with patients and families. Drs Matthias and Chasnoff will review the development of comprehensive care plans and present several case studies to demonstrate different approaches to care coordination and co-management.


Local and State Action to Prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Date/Time: August 28, 2014, 2 - 3 pm EST (1 hour)

Alcohol use during pregnancy is the leading preventable cause of birth defects and developmental disabilities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 13 pregnant women reported drinking alcohol in the past 30 days in Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data between 2006 and 2010. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is a term that describes a range of effects that can occur in children exposed to alcohol in utero. FASD affects an estimated 40,000 newborns, each year, in the U.S. These effects may be physical, mental, and behavioral, with possibility of having lifelong implications.

The Arc and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is hosting a webinar on August 28, 2014, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT to discuss local and state public health efforts to screen and educate women to prevent alcohol use during pregnancy. The webinar will feature local and state activities in Michigan and Ohio to address and prevent FASD.

Learning Objectives:
During this webinar, participants will:

  • Increase awareness of FASD prevention activities at local and state levels, specifically Ohio’s Not a Single Drop initiative and Michigan’s FASD Community Grants;
  • Learn about strategies to support education and screening of pregnant women for exposure to alcohol; and
  • Learn how to engage communities in FASD prevention activities through partnerships at the local and state health departments.

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PARTNER WEBINAR: Preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Webinar

Date and time: October 21, 2014 at 4:00 PM ET
Presenter: Susan J. Astley, PhD

This webinar is run through ARHP. At the conclusion of this presentation, participants should be able to:

  • Understand that alcohol is a teratogen and identify the outcomes associated with prenatal alcohol exposure
  • Identify patients at risk for offspring with FASDs
  • Integrate conversations about the risks of alcohol consumption during pregnancy into contraceptive and family planning counseling
  • Apply appropriate patient-centered communication skills to counseling reproductive age and pregnant women on prevention strategies to reduce the risks of FASD
  • Use motivational interviewing to assist pregnant women in choosing to avoid alcohol consumption

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