Because folic acid can reduce the risk of a Neural Tube Defect (NTD)-affected pregnancy by up to 70%, health education about and promotion of use of this vitamin have become vital. Hispanics, who are at the highest risk for NTDs, are the target of National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities' (NCBDDD) Spanish-Language Folic Acid Campaign Evaluation Survey (SFACES). This presentation discussed the basics of NTDs and folic acid, as well as SFACES’s design, implementation, and evaluation.
Alina Flores, MPH, CHES
Alina Flores is a health education specialist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) NCBDDD and an active member of the Georgia Folic Acid Coalition. Before coming to CDC in July 2001, Mrs. Flores served as the Education Director at the Spina Bifida Association of Georgia. During her time at CDC, Mrs. Flores has assisted in the development, implementation, and evaluation of a national Spanish-language folic acid campaign, as well as with other NTD prevention programs and development of educational materials and school curriculums. She has presented folic acid promotion strategies to national, state, and community-based agencies. Mrs. Flores received a B.S. degree from Pennsylvania State University, and an MPH from Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health.
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