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.
Originally posted on Minnesota Daily
By: Olivia Johnson
January 20, 2016
This event was made possible by a MOFAS FASD Prevention Grant.
In the heart of Cedar-Riverside, an inaugural fair disseminated health information from neighbor to neighbor.
Inside a fire station under the shadow of the Riverside Plaza apartments, Twin Cities organizations targeted health issues — including autism and immunization — of specific interest to the West Bank community.
The first-ever Cedar Riverside Health Fair, held on Monday afternoon, also highlighted fetal alcohol syndrome, breast and cervical cancer awareness, and juvenile mental health.
“I hope [the health fair] brings more awareness to people accessing health,” said Desmond Grady, a Neighborhood HealthSource representative who shared information about immunizations, counseling and basic health care at the event. “We have these services. We want people to access them.”
Eleven local organizations provided information about their services and answered questions. The health fair also featured breakout sessions, spoken-word performances by Teen Voice and Sisco, a one-person play by Ifrah Mansour, and performances by the Brian Coyle Drama Club.
Addie Gorlin, a producer in residence at Mixed Blood Theatre, said she partnered with Southside Community Health Services to start organizing the event about a year ago.
She said the unorthodox inclusion of theatrical performance at the health event was meant to open up to the community to topics like women’s health, basic CPR and youth issues such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, immunization, depression and anxiety.
“We just kind of went from there to think how we could come together and provide health care, health info and education within the East African community,” said Monisha Washington, who works for Q Health Connections.
Washington said she helped shape the fair’s informational elements, gearing them toward existing health concerns in Cedar-Riverside.
For example, Washington said, many of the neighborhood’s residents are East African and hold religious beliefs that prohibit alcohol consumption.
“Fetal alcohol syndrome is a big [issue],” she said. “Some things aren’t talked about within the community, and if it’s your belief system not to drink alcohol, then you may not step forward and say, ‘Well I did, and my kid may have these symptoms.’ ”
To address the dangers of drinking while pregnant, coordinator Paige Robson, firstname.lastname@example.org, tabled at the event to spread information on Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome’s prevention and support services.
Q Health Connections’ 37-foot mobile unit, which provides health care to communities around the state, also made an appearance at the fair, alongside chiropractor services and blood type and pressure screenings.
“Our hope is to be a revolving door in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood,” Gorlin said. “That means that we want to welcome people in, and we also want to make sure that we are going out into the community.”
MOFAS has many FASD Prevention Grantees, including Southside Community Health Services, that have community events all over Minnesota. These events focus on spreading awareness on the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Find upcoming events near you.