CBHRS and its partners on the Women’s Health Nurses and Midwives Collaboration for Alcohol-Free Pregnancy (WHNMCAP) project are  meeting for the first time this week to map out the next four years. They are also sharing information at the Alaska Public Health Summit as part of a panel presentation.

Meeting with WHNMCAP partner organization representatives left to right: Elaine Germano (American College of Nurse-Midwives), Cathy Ruhl (Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric & Neonatal Nurses), Marilyn Pierce-Bulger (FASDx Services LLC), Cathy Hutsell (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), Beth Kelsey (Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health), and CBHRS’ Alexandra Edwards, project manager.

WHNMCAP is a collaboration between CBHRS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health, American College of Nurse Midwives, and Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, and includes FASD prevention champion, Marilyn Pierce-Bulger who provides expert consultation to the project. The project is one of two that CBHRS is working on to provide support to health care professionals to help reduce FASDs nationwide. Together, the projects total $2.6 million over the next four years.

CBHRS has a long history of contributing to policy and health system change to address risky alcohol use and prevent FASDs, according to CBHRS Director Diane King.

CBHRS’ work has included the Arctic FASD Regional Training Center and FASD Practice and Implementation Center, both funded through CDC. In the past five years, CBHRS has successfully collaborated with the Alaska Section of Public Health Nurses and other health systems around Alaska to implement alcohol screening and brief intervention.

For more information about WHNMCAP, please contact the project manager, Alexandra Edwards, aeedwards@alaska.edu.