Webinar for Health Professionals


The 30-year anniversary of the U.S. Public Health Service’s folic acid recommendation for prevention of neural tube defects (NTDs) was recognized in September 2022. In this webinar, presenters discuss folic acid and why it remains the best tool available to prevent serious birth defects of the brain and spine. Misinformation on this topic has spread online in recent years and makes it challenging for patients to make informed decisions. During this webinar, CDC experts will describe the sustained impact of folic acid on the prevention of NTDs, address different forms of folate and why folic acid is the only form proven for NTD prevention, and provide recommendations for people with MTHFR gene variants. CDC will be joined by Shannon Clark, MD, MMS, FACOG, for an interactive discussion in which she will share her experiences counseling patients about NTD prevention. She will also describe how she addresses misinformation about folic acid and how healthcare professionals can improve collaboration within the healthcare team to improve folic acid intake to prevent NTDs.


  1. Describe the epidemiology of neural tube defects (NTDs)
  2. Explain the different forms of folate
  3. Describe the folic acid recommendation for the prevention of NTDs
  4. Explain how MTHFR gene variants affect folate metabolism
  5. Describe how a health care provider can address commonly asked questions about folic acid
  6. Describe how to improve collaborative practice across the healthcare team regarding folic acid intake recommendation for NTD prevention


Amanda Cohn, MD (Moderator)
Director, Division of Birth Defects and Infant Disorders
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Karen Remley, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAP (Opening Remarks)
Director, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Jenny Williams, PhD, MSN, MPH, FNP-BC (Presenter)
Nurse Epidemiologist, Division of Birth Defects and Infant Disorders
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Shannon Clark, MD, MMS, FACOG (Presenter)
Obstetrician/Gynecologist and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist
Professor, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Call Information

Date:  Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Additional Resources

Folic Acid and the Prevention of Birth Defects: 30 Years of Opportunity and Controversies

Folic Acid Partner Toolkit

Centers for disease control and prevention - Quality Training

Continuing Education

To receive continuing education (CE) for WD4615 – Folic Acid: the Best Tool to Prevent Neural Tube Defects webinar, Wednesday September 14, 2022, (Web on Demand), please visit TCEO and follow the “9 Simple Steps to Earn CE” between October 17, 2022 and September 14, 2024.

To receive CPE (Dietitians and Dietetic Technicians, Registered): Complete the evaluation at bit.ly/FolicAcidCPE

Target Audience

  • Physicians
  • Registered Nurses
  • Health Educators
  • Physician Assistants
  • Program Managers
  • Public Health Professionals
  • Dietitians

ORIGINATION DATE: October 18, 2022
EXPIRATION DATE: September 14, 2024

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TARGET AUDIENCE: Physicians, Registered Nurses, Health Educators, Physician Assistants, Program Managers, and Public Health Professionals


FORMAT: This activity is Web on Demand.


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