Formerly known as MOFAS: Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Exciting News
from MOFAS

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).

Why PR%F

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.

Why Alliance?

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.

What's Next?

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.

Press Release – September is FASD Awareness Month

By: Emily Gunderson, MOFAS Director of Communications

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This September 9, 2014 will mark the 15th anniversary of International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day.  FASD Awareness Day was created to alert people to the importance of not drinking alcohol during pregnancy and the need to provide effective services for individuals and families impacted by these disorders.

MOFAS will mark this special occasion with a series of activities and events throughout September, FASD Awareness Month, to create awareness and educate people on FASD:

  1. 2014 MOFAS Book Club
    This year’s book selection is “Drink:  The Intimate Relationship between Women and Alcohol” by Ann Dowsett Johnston. This book combines research and Ann’s own personal story of recovery to talk about the prominent and stylish presence of alcohol in our society and the startling rise in risky drinking among women and girls, and the lifelong health impact this has on our society and individual lives.
    First 150 people in MN to register at www.proofalliance.org will receive a FREE book. A live Facebook chat with the author is planned for October 9 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 NOON(CST)
  2. Webinar in partnership with SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence
    On Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 3 PM (EST) MOFAS and SAMHSA will offer a webinar titled:  “Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) #58, Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders – An Introduction”. Presenters will be Dr. Sterling Clarren and FASD expert Dan Dubovsky.  The webinar will cover an overview of the TIPS series, a review of the TIP development process, specific content on the “basics” of FASD, and guidance on how to utilize TIP as a staff development tool in various settings. Registration is not required.  To join the webinar, call 1-888-469-0646 Passcode 7055730.  To log in to the webinar, go to  https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join/ Conference number: PW8306662 Audience passcode: 7055730.  Participants can also join the event directly at: https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?i=PW8306662&p=7055730&t=c.  For questions about the Webinar prior to the event please email fasdcenter1@ngc.com. For technical assistance during the event please call 1-800-857-8777.
  3. The Gyno Show on TALK 107.1
    MOFAS is scheduled to be guests on The Gyno Show on Sunday, 9/21 from 7-9PM with Dr. Eric Heegard.  Tune in to hear Dr. Jeff Wozniak with the University of MN FASD Center and Emily Gunderson, MOFAS,  talk about why women are still confused on “how much alcohol is safe” and answer questions on several of the common myths around this topic. Promotional spots will run the week of 9/15.
  4. Sharing the 049 message at events and social media Throughout September, MOFAS will be sharing the 049 prevention message (zero alcohol for nine months) at several public awareness events:SW PRC, Sabrina Trickel will be participating in 2 big events in Mankato.  On 9/9, she will be a part of a 9/9 celebration at Pub 500 where mocktails will be served, 049 beverage coasters will be used and 049 baby onesies and chapsticks will be handed out.  On 9/27, Sabrina will have a MOFAS booth at the Mankato Wedding Expo which is expecting 200+ brides to attend.Native American PRC, Laura Kidd will be sharing the 049 prevention message at several metro area Pow Wows throughout September including the American Indian Magnet School (AIMS) on 9/11, Mendota 14th Annual Pow Wow on 9/14 and Native American Day Celebration on 9/27.

    NW PRC JoEllyn Steele will be handing out 049 chapsticks, baby onesies and brochures to women at the Miller Hill Mall Baby and Toddler Expo in Duluth on 9/27.

    MOFAS’ Emily Gunderson will represent MOFAS at the annual Blooma Bellyrama on 9/13 at Lake Harriett.  Over 400 mother-to-be, children, grandmothers and dads are expected to attend this outdoor yoga festival to celebrate moms and healthy babies. This is a perfect place and audience for MOFAS to share our love.hope.joy beautiful pregnant bellies too.

    Social Media:  Throughout the month different statistics and 049 messages will be posted on all social media channels including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.   We encourage people to change their Facebook cover photo to “I support 049” and use the #FASDay hashtag.

  5. Other messages
    A statewide press release will be sent on Thursday, August 28 to a statewide list of newspapers, radio and television stations with information on the work that MOFAS is doing to lead the way in increasing awareness of the risks of drinking alcohol while pregnant here in MN.  Throughout September, weekly messages about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) will be displayedvia all social media channels (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

 

Here in MN, over 100 babies are born each week with potential brain damage and life-long struggles that could have been prevented.  Join in sharing the 049 message with your daughters, sisters, nieces, friends, co-workers.  FASD is 100% preventable.  For more information or to register for any of the FASD Awareness Month activities, visit www.proofalliance.org or contact Emily at emily@mofas.org.

 

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