CDC Releases Free FASD Online Courses

The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) is thrilled and excited to announce that The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Collaborative for Alcohol-Free Pregnancy have made available several free online courses in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs). FASD is an umbrella term covering the range of affects that can occur when a developing baby is exposed to alcohol. These in-depth online courses cover a wide range of topics. NOFAS is proud to be a national partner of the CDC’s FASD prevention initiative.

The courses have a wealth of information for healthcare professionals and has content specifically targeted towards family medicine doctors, obstetrician-gynecologists, pediatricians, nurses, medical assistants, and social workers. These healthcare professionals play a critical role in the prevention, identification, and management of FASDs. NOFAS is partnering with all of these healthcare disciplines to educate their members, support their work, and disseminate their findings to the general public.

As a result of these online trainings, we expect that the delivery of care for people living with FASDs will measurably improve and that countless incidents of prenatal alcohol exposure will be prevented. Now is the time for action. FASDs are not rare disorders. They affect an estimated 1 in 20 school-aged children in the United States. The overwhelming majority of these children are undiagnosed and untreated due to stigma and a lack of resources. The intellectual and developmental disabilities associated with FASDs last a lifetime and are 100% preventable.

The following online courses are currently available:

  • FASD Primer for Healthcare Professionals  

  • Preventing Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies

These courses are upcoming:

  • Diagnostic Overview of FASDs: Recognition and Referral 

  • Implementing Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention in Clinical Practice
  • Interprofessional Collaborative Practice as a Model for Prevention of Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies

These courses are much-needed resources for healthcare professionals and are an invaluable contribution to the FASD community. All healthcare professionals, and all interested individuals, are invited to take the online trainings and help spread the word about CDC’s FASD efforts.

For more information and to access the courses and related resources, please visit CDC’s new FASD Training page at www.cdc.gov/fasdtraining.

For more information on The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS), please visit www.nofas.org.