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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


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Conception of project

  • CDC

  • CSAP

  • ADAD

  • UCHSC/AHEC


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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


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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.


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UCHSC/AHEC

  • 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


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AHEC MISSION

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


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AHEC Centers

  • Centennial AHEC, Greeley

  • Central AHEC, Denver

  • San Luis Valley AHEC, Alamosa

  • So Eastern Colo AHEC, Pueblo

  • Western Colo AHEC, Clifton



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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


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ADAD/POP GOAL and Health, education, social service, law enforcement and community groups.

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


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ADAD/CSAP STRATEGIES and Health, education, social service, law enforcement and community groups.

  • Information Dissemination

  • Community-Based Process

  • Environmental


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Information Dissemination Strategy and Health, education, social service, law enforcement and community groups.

  • FAS/ATOD material development

  • FAS/ATOD video/ material dissemination

  • FAS articles

  • FAS Internet / curriculum

  • Public service announcements

  • Speaking Engagements

  • Telephone Information line 1-800 #


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SMART START Brochure and Health, education, social service, law enforcement and community groups.


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Community-Based Process Strategy and Health, education, social service, law enforcement and community groups.

  • Community Needs assessment

  • FAS/High risk women training

  • FAS community development

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

  • Technical Assistance


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Environmental Strategy and Health, education, social service, law enforcement and community groups.

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

  • Changing Legislation

    • Prevention efforts aimed at the state legislatures


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Key components of program and Health, education, social service, law enforcement and community groups.

  • 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


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Growing Partnerships and Health, education, social service, law enforcement and community groups.

  • 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


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Growing Partnerships and Health, education, social service, law enforcement and community groups.

  • Drug/alcohol prevention Parenting

  • Social Services

  • Work force

  • Community coalitions and organizations


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Parents Support Groups and Health, education, social service, law enforcement and community groups.

  • What has worked!

    *Parent ownership

    * Financial support

    * Organizational support

    * Food

    * Childcare

    * Speakers


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Program Evaluation and Health, education, social service, law enforcement and community groups.

Prevention Evaluation Partners

Assessing Outcomes

Prevention Stories

MDS

Realizing Individual And Community Possibilities


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What Have We Learned? and Health, education, social service, law enforcement and community groups.

  • 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.


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What Have We Learned? and Health, education, social service, law enforcement and community groups.

  • Change happens, but sometimes slowly

  • Neutral position enhances capacity building

  • Small start up dollars work

  • Fostering relationships, networking and collaborating strengthen the project


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Overview and Health, education, social service, law enforcement and community groups.

  • One office, 2 people

  • Expanding Capacity

  • Partnerships

  • Focused Prevention Efforts

  • 6 sites, 3 clinics, multiple trainers

  • Vision


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