If you're looking for the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) you have come to the right place. We have some exciting news about our organization. We have a new name! MOFAS has officially been renamed Proof Alliance. Our mission remains the same: to prevent prenatal alcohol exposure and to improve the quality of life for people living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
We now have the proof that prenatal alcohol exposure is a leading cause of brain injury in children. We have the proof that FASD is 100% preventable and people living with an FASD can reach 100% of their potential.
We seek to build powerful alliances with people with an FASD, their families, legislators, experts in the field, new partners, and community members to bring awareness, research, and services to this field.
Proof Alliance is rebranding, expanding, and we're moving! We have a new logo, website, and prevention campaign to help change the norms around drinking during pregnancy. And in May 2019 we will be moving to a stand-alone building. Proof Alliance commits to the people of Minnesota and we will continue to develop transformative programs to help Minnesotans impacted by FASD.
MOFAS has awarded six grants to help make an impact on FASD in American Indian communities. Through their various programs, these grantees will be preventing prenatal alcohol exposure and supporting individuals affected by FASD. These grants started in January and will continue for a two year time period. Here is a little more information about each grant recipient.
Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center
The Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center (MIWRC) will use this grant to prevent new cases of FASD in the children of high-risk mothers by incorporating information about FASD into two of their programs. The Life Skills Parenting Program improves outcomes for Native families who are engaged in Child Protection or are at high risk for engagement. The Family Support Program is a culturally-specific parenting support and domestic violence advocacy service for American Indian families. MIWRC will enrich these two programs with culturally-grounded FASD prevention lessons and materials from the Gifts from the Sacred Circle curriculum, along with other MOFAS resources and teachings from elders.
White Earth Tribal Council
This grant will provide the opportunity for White Earth to bring prevention messaging to their community through a Healthy Baby Campaign. The prevention messaging will be created with input from community members in each village. The messaging will incorporate traditional values of supporting children so that they can be healthy and thrive. The Healthy Baby Campaign will include public service announcements on multiple local radio stations, posters, brochures, wraps for all White Earth Transit buses, billboards, and digital stories.
American Indian Family Center
This grant will help the American Indian Family Center (AIFC) enhance their programming for women who are currently striving for a substance-free life or have already achieved and maintained sobriety in order to prevent future prenatal alcohol exposure. In addition, there will be a concentrated effort to increase education and guidance in regards to raising children with FASD. This grant will allow AIFC to build on their current programming to reach more women, strengthen their education regarding FASD, and incorporate new supportive strategies that are culturally specific.
Indian Health Board
The Indian Health Board will use this grant to create a health media campaign that will transmit FASD information and resources from health institutions and providers to the community. The target audience will be urban American Indian youth, adults, families, and professionals in the Twin Cities area. Community members will be involved in developing the content of the messaging and providing feedback as the campaign takes place. The media will be disseminated using The Circle Newspaper, local radio, social media, storytelling through multimedia, and other organizational partners. This will widen the circle of professionals, organizations, and community members aware of, knowledgeable about, and capable of providing assistance or referral to appropriate FASD support, treatment, and resources.
Red Lake School District
This grant will allow Red Lake School District to conduct FASD prevention activities aimed at teenagers. An FASD advisory team will be formed, with providers representing a variety of fields, and this team will guide the prevention efforts. Some of these activities include involving the teenagers in developing prevention materials, workshops for teenage parents, and teenagers filming a discussion about FASD for Bemidji’s Lakeland News. In addition to prevention activities with teenagers, some prevention efforts will reach out to the greater reservation community.
Division of Indian Work
The Division of Indian Work (DIW) will use this grant to improve on their Women in Traditional Birthing program and incorporate more aspects related to the prevention of FASD. The Women in Traditional Birthing program targets low-income, high-risk pregnant Native American women with mental and other health problems that are teenagers or first time moms, although women having their second or third child may be considered. This program would allow DIW to educate this target population about FASD through group discussions, reading materials, videos, hearing first-hand accounts, and hands-on activities that incorporate traditional values.
In August 2012, Wilder Research was contracted by MOFAS to conduct a study to help the organization better understand women’s attitudes and perceptions toward alcohol consumption during pregnancy. The study includes a statewide assessment with women across Minnesota to understand women’s overall attitudes as well as key informant interviews with services providers to American Indian communities. Read more…