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New Online Trainings on Alcohol-Free Pregnancy

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Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) are physical, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities that last a lifetime. They are completely preventable if a developing baby is not exposed to alcohol. Educating healthcare professionals about FASDs can offer knowledge and skills to improve the delivery of care related to FASDs and their prevention. Providers: Take free online trainings to learn about alcohol-free pregnancy!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Collaborative for Alcohol-Free Pregnancy announce the availability of free online courses for healthcare professionals on the prevention, identification, and management of FASDs.

Training Courses

Courses currently available are

  • FASD Primer for Healthcare Professionals
  • Preventing Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies
  • Diagnostic Overview of FASDs: Recognition and Referral
  • Implementing Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention in Clinical Practice

Upcoming course

  • Interprofessional Collaborative Practice as a Model for Prevention of Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies

Target Audience

These courses are best suited for

  • Family medicine doctors
  • Obstetrician-gynecologists
  • Pediatricians
  • Nurses
  • Medical assistants
  • Social workers

The courses allow learners to save their progress—thus offering the flexibility to take courses as schedules permit.

For more information and to access the courses and related resources, please visit CDC’s new FASD Training and Resources website. Help spread the word!

Collaborative for Alcohol Free Pregnancy. Partnering for Practice Change.

CDC Activities

CDC has conducted fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) research, identification, and prevention efforts since 1991. Key activities include

  • Monitoring how much and how often alcohol is consumed by women of reproductive age, including pregnant women,
  • Supporting the implementation, adoption, and promotion of effective interventions, including
  • Promoting effective treatments for children, adolescents, and young adults living with FASDs and their families;
  • Enhancing healthcare provider education on preventing FASDs and identifying and treating people with FASDs;
  • Providing free online training courses on preventing FASDs and diagnosing and caring for people with FASDs; and
  • Offering FASD-related educational information and materials for women of reproductive age, healthcare providers, and the public.
  • Promoting guidelines, including the Dietary Guidelines for Americans on Alcohol
  • Educating and informing the general public and policymakers about effective strategies for reducing excessive alcohol use, such as those recommended by the Community Preventive Services Task Force.
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