Improving Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Prevention and Practice through National Partnerships

Submission Date: May 13, 2014

Award Ceiling: $1,000,000

This is a new program with an overall goal of strengthening strategic partnerships with key national medical societies, professional organizations and constituent groups. It is designed to support two crucial components of a multi-faceted approach to enhance FASD training, provider education and practice change and complements CDC-RFA-DD14-1402, which will fund FASD Practice and Implementation Centers (PICs). Component 1 of this FOA focuses on: a) supporting strategies to improve delivery of care related to FASDs; b) promoting training opportunities for health care professionals related to the prevention, identification and treatment of FASDs, including alcohol-related issues; c) creating change around Maintenance of Certification and other continuing educational requirements for provider groups to include FASD training; d) developing, integrating and disseminating content and messaging related to the prevention, identification and treatment of FASDs; and e) fostering collaboration among medical organizations and CDC-funded FASD Practice and Implementation Centers to create complementary products, messages and approaches that resonate with various groups. Relationships with medical societies and national professional organizations are necessary to help translate training and support materials, to disseminate these materials widely, and ultimately result in practice change. Component 2, which is designed for national partner organizations knowledgeable and engaged in FASD efforts focuses on: a) increasing coordination and collaboration across training efforts led by CDC's FASD Practice and Implementation Centers (CDC-RFA-DD14-1402); b) ensuring that messages about FASDs are scientifically accurate and consistent with the unique perspectives of families and individuals affected by FASDs; and c) increasing the availability and reach of community-level FASD resources and materials.

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