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September CHW Circle Meeting

CHW Training on Building an Alliance: The Basics of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

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The Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance monthly CHW Learning Circle Meeting in September will host the PROOF Alliance to share information on prevention, myth-busting about alcohol during pregnancy and encouraging proper screening.

Research shows one in nine people drink alcohol during pregnancy. This can cause fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), which encompasses a range of potential permanent birth defects including physical, cognitive, and behavioral impairments. The CDC estimates that as many as 1 in 20 children in the US has an FASD. Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) is often overlooked and underestimated due to misinformation, unplanned pregnancy, alcohol use disorder, and more This presentation will explore the risks and myths surrounding alcohol use and pregnancy in a non-blaming manner, discuss common symptoms of FASD and describe practical, effective strategies to prevent alcohol-exposed pregnancies and support those impacted.

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