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.

5th annual FASD matters conference keynotes

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Pre-Conference Institute Keynote

Dr Mark Sloane

Mark Sloane, DO
Building Resilience in Traumatized Children with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure: Using a Brain-Based Model to Transform Child Welfare and Primary Health Care

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 | 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Dr. Mark Sloane of the Children’s Trauma Assessment Center at Western Michigan University is a board certified pediatrician with specialized advanced fellowship training in adolescent behavioral medicine. He has more than 30 years clinical pediatric experience, and is owner and medical director of the Center for Behavioral Pediatrics in Kalamazoo. Sloane is considered an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of learning, attention and behavioral disorders in children and adolescents. He is a founding member of the Center’s transdisciplinary team has clinical experience in the medication management of more than 1,200 traumatized, drug and alcohol-exposed children and adolescents. The center has evaluated more than 3,400 traumatized children referred from child welfare and the court system in Michigan and approximately 38% of these referred children with substantiated maltreatment also had a concomitant issues related to FASD. He has personally followed over 150 complex children and adolescents with concurrent FASD and traumatic stress for up to 10 years in his private practice.

Annual Celebration Keynote

Morgan Fawcett

Morgan Fawcett
An Evening with Morgan Fawcett

Thursday, November 10, 2016 | 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Morgan Fawcett was diagnosed with an FASD when he was 15 years old. At the time of his diagnosis, Morgan knew that he wanted to help educate others about FASD. He is a performer and advocate. He has created a flute program that has allowed him to donate over 600 Native Flutes to at risk youth and challenged individuals.

Conference Keynotes

Dr. Kenneth Lyons Jones

Dr. Kenneth Lyons Jones, MD
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders – 40 Years Later

Thursday, November 10, 2016 | 9:00 am – 10:15 am

Dr. Kenneth Lyons Jones is the Chief of the Division of Dysmorphology and Teratology at the Department of Pediatrics at UCSD and Medical Director of the CTIS Pregnancy Risk Information Line. He was one of 2 doctors at the University of Washington who first identified FAS in the United States in 1973. Over the past 40 years he has continued to make significant contributions to our understanding of the prenatal effects of alcohol, most recently as the head of the Dysmorphology Core of the large NIAAA consortium studying this disorder. Additionally his research has focused on the clinical delineation of birth defects, mechanisms of normal and abnormal morphogenesis and the recognition of new human teratogens. Dr. Jones has authored over 400 publications in scientific journals as well as several books, and is the author of “Smith’s Recognizable Patterns of Human Malformation” which is now in its 7th edition.

Dr. Don Bartlette

Dr. Don Bartlette
Macaroni at Midnight: An FAS Experience

Thursday, November 10, 2016 | 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Dr. Don Bartlette, PhD has been a full-time public speaker for over forty years and has presented nationally and internationally. He is a Native American Activist; he is by training a social worker, counselor, educator, and advocate. “Macaroni at Midnight” is an autobiographical profile of Dr. Bartlette’s social, psychological, and educational experiences as a Chippewa Indian child growing up with emotional, speech, and physical disabilities in an environment of poverty, violence, juvenile delinquency, homelessness, child abuse, racism, and alcoholism. It relates how one person in his community helped him overcome childhood disadvantages and live and survive in a multicultural world.

Dr Eugene Hoyme

Eugene Hoyme, MD
FASD Research Update

Friday, November 11, 2016 | 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Dr. Eugene Hoyme is Chief of Genetics and Genomic Medicine at Sanford Health. His research focuses on the delineation of mechanisms of birth defects and malformation syndromes, specifically on the adverse effects of alcohol on the developing embryo and fetus. He is part of a multi-site NIAAA funded consortium of institutions conducting international studies of the prevalence of FASD in school-age children. In the course of his research, he has personally examined 3,000 children who have been exposed alcohol in utero. He conducts global research and recently conducted a 3-week research trip in South Africa, where he continues to work on prevalence, prevention, and intervention among first graders in the Western Cape.

Mike Veny

Mike Veny
Transforming Stigma Into Strength™

Friday, November 11, 2016 | 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Mike Veny, founder of TransformingStigma.Com, is a sought after mental health stigma expert, keynote speaker, and professional drummer. He delivers entertaining and engaging presentations around the world. After suffering a devastating mental health breakdown in August of 2011, Mike made the decision to use his speaking and drumming skills to serve others. As a person who painfully struggles with mental health challenges every day, he is committed to transforming stigma surrounding mental health.

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