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Prevention Needs For A Successful Community Program. Pamela Gillen RN, ND, CACIII Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Other Prenatal Substance Abuse Prevention Outreach Project University of Colorado Health Sciences Center/AHEC. Conception of project. CDC CSAP ADAD UCHSC/AHEC.

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Prevention Needs For A Successful Community Program

Pamela Gillen RN, ND, CACIII

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Other Prenatal Substance Abuse Prevention Outreach Project

University of Colorado Health Sciences Center/AHEC

Conception of project

  • CDC

  • CSAP

  • ADAD


Centers For Disease Control And Prevention

  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (ADAD) and Colorado Department of Health’s (DCEED) collaborated in a Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) Prevention Program with a grant from the CDC.

  • State Wide Focus

Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP)/ADAD

  • Prevention Strategies -- ADAD merged strategies with CSAP’S National Strategies to insure a common definition of what we are doing in prevention.


  • Continued the ADAD FAS Prevention Project

  • Developed the FAS and Other Prenatal Substance Abuse Prevention Outreach project

  • State Wide Focus

  • Area Health Education Partners across state


  • Serve the health needs of the state especially rural, minority, and underserved populations through educational outreach.

AHEC Centers

  • Centennial AHEC, Greeley

  • Central AHEC, Denver

  • San Luis Valley AHEC, Alamosa

  • So Eastern Colo AHEC, Pueblo

  • Western Colo AHEC, Clifton


Collaborative effort involving numerous community sectors and Health, education, social service, law enforcement and community groups.

State wide focus utilizing the Colorado AHEC (Area Health Education Center) system to provide program service to all areas of the state.

Project Abstract


  • Reduce Use of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs by Pregnant Women


  • Information Dissemination

  • Community-Based Process

  • Environmental

Information Dissemination Strategy

  • FAS/ATOD material development

  • FAS/ATOD video/ material dissemination

  • FAS articles

  • FAS Internet / curriculum

  • Public service announcements

  • Speaking Engagements

  • Telephone Information line 1-800 #


Community-Based Process Strategy

  • Community Needs assessment

  • FAS/High risk women training

  • FAS community development

  • FAS/ATOD multi agency meetings, coalitions, parent support groups

  • Technical Assistance

Environmental Strategy

  • TA to community on establishing policy and developing services for individuals

  • Changing Legislation

    • Prevention efforts aimed at the state legislatures

Key components of program

  • FAS/AHEC Partner in each region of state

  • Collaborative training

  • Multi-media access

  • Statewide advisory council

  • Statewide Coalition

  • Prevention funded position through CSAP block grant funds

Growing Partnerships

  • Criminal Justice

    • TASC, Drug Court

  • Mental Health

    • MHASA, JFK

  • Education

    • Chaffee County

  • Health Care

    • Children’s Hospital, Genetics, Denver Health

  • Alcohol and Drug Treatment

    • Special Connections

    • Alcohol and Drug Service providers Association

Growing Partnerships

  • Drug/alcohol prevention Parenting

  • Social Services

  • Work force

  • Community coalitions and organizations

Parents Support Groups

  • What has worked!

    *Parent ownership

    * Financial support

    * Organizational support

    * Food

    * Childcare

    * Speakers

Program Evaluation

Prevention Evaluation Partners

Assessing Outcomes

Prevention Stories


Realizing Individual And Community Possibilities

What Have We Learned?

  • Health care providers are lacking new knowledge regarding FASD diagnosis.

  • Many providers are reluctant to diagnosis due to feeling the diagnosis is simply a label.

  • Human service providers and health care providers need to collaborate more closely.

  • Geographic barriers continue to be a problem for adequate resources.

What Have We Learned?

  • Change happens, but sometimes slowly

  • Neutral position enhances capacity building

  • Small start up dollars work

  • Fostering relationships, networking and collaborating strengthen the project


  • One office, 2 people

  • Expanding Capacity

  • Partnerships

  • Focused Prevention Efforts

  • 6 sites, 3 clinics, multiple trainers

  • Vision

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