Diane King, Director of the Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services (CBHRS) within ISER, along with Bridget Hanson, Research Associate Professor and Alexandra Edwards, Research Professional, recently attended the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) Grantee Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. The meeting, hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, focused on sharing innovative practices and disseminating findings from across the country related to preventing and addressing FASDs. In 2018, ISER researchers received four-year grants totaling $2.6 M from CDC to prevent alcohol-exposed pregnancies, which can lead to FASDs.

CBHRS Director Diane King, (second from right) with L-R nursing partners, Sue Rawlins, Beth Kelsey from National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health, Marilyn Pierce-Bulger, Owner/Manager FASDx Services LLC here in Anchorage, and Sharon Ryan from the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

CBHRS Director Diane King, (second from right) with L-R nursing partners, Sue Rawlins, Beth Kelsey from National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health, Marilyn Pierce-Bulger, Owner/Manager FASDx Services LLC here in Anchorage, and Sharon Ryan from the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

“Meeting with collaborators and researchers from around the country is an opportunity to learn from others and share our own work,” said King. “CBHRS has been working on addressing FASDs for almost twenty years and has been funded by the CDC since 2008, to address FASDs through improved healthcare professional knowledge and awareness, and primary prevention strategies.”

Together, CDC grantees work to prevent FASDs through screening and intervention with women of reproductive age to reduce alcohol use, and develop training and resources to improve identification and support for children and families living with FASDs.