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    Folic Acid: We Have Come a Long Way Baby

    Folic acid is a B vitamin responsible for cell growth and development. This presentation explored the ways in which folic acid helps to reduce a woman's risk for having a pregnancy affected by a serious birth defect of the brain and spine, how a community folic acid education campaign is developed, implemented, and evaluated, and how this information can be applied to the classroom.

    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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