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Article: Proof Alliance 2021 Impact Summary

Thank you for supporting the work of Proof Alliance.

When you give to Proof, you help create powerful change in people’s lives. Together, we are creating greater public awareness of the harms of prenatal alcohol exposure and improving outcomes for those impacted by an FASD.

A Message from Board President, Adrienne Oesterle

“During a challenging year, your support motivated our staff, board members, partners, advocates and families to keep going, keep persevering, and keep making an impact as we work to prevent fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and support all impacted in Minnesota and beyond.”

Read the full message here.

We are Proof Alliance.

Since 1998, we’ve been delivering awareness and education to pregnant individuals, and hands-on hope to those living with an FASD.

The proof is unchallenged; prenatal alcohol exposure can lead to lifelong physical and mental disabilities. We at Proof Alliance are undaunted in our mission to help these individuals and their families thrive. We partner, collaborate and advocate for greater funding of services, further development of awareness, and an FASD-free future.  We are proof that better is possible.

Mission

To eliminate disability caused by alcohol consumption during pregnancy and to improve the quality of life for those living with FASD throughout Minnesota

Vision

A world in which individuals do not drink alcohol during pregnancy and people living with FASD are identified, supported and valued

In 2021, we prioritized our community's needs.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continued, the year 2021 brought many hurdles, hoops and hard- stops. Through it all, Proof Alliance remained committed to meeting the needs of our community.

In 2021, we:

  • Reached 28,141 people with life-changing prevention information about the importance of alcohol-free pregnancies, nearly 6 times as many people as we did in 2020
  • Trained over 3,000 professionals in Minnesota to become FASD-informed
  • Provided support, outreach and sometimes just a listening ear to over 600 caregivers of children with an FASD who faced more challenges than ever before

Program Highlight: Families Healing Together

This program offers a variety of supports for people in recovery that are pregnant or may have a child with an FASD, featuring our most effective programs that have been piloted over the last decade.

Progress in 2021:

Program Highlight: Prevention

At Proof Alliance, we’re committed to preventing FASD across Minnesota and beyond. In 2021, we maximized our outreach efforts using variety of methods to share prevention education.

Progress in 2021:

  • In 2021, our website expanded its reach by 26%
  • Using short-form video content on social media allowed us to reach nearly 6 times as many people as we did in 2020
  • During this reporting period, 53,329 materials were sent to organizations serving 54% of all counties in Minnesota – more than twice the number of counties we reached in 2020
  • We created an FASD prevention toolkit that other organizations can use to share prevention messaging
  • Guided by a co-creation team consisting of 11 Indigenous leaders, our work to prevent FASD in Indian Country and support those impacted was branded Our Children Are Sacred

Program Highlight: Proof Policy

Change can happen when we all work together!  We need you and your voice to advocate for FASD services and supports

Progress in 2021:

  • We worked closely with partner organizations to advocate for students with an FASD and other disabilities who were severely impacted by the pandemic to ensure the availability of long-term support resources
  • We advocated to maintain our current funding from MDH and the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS)
  • Our team educated hundreds of legislators and advocates about issues that impact both our prevention work and people living with an FASD
  • During the legislative session, we protected funding for FASD resources and effectively educated hundreds of advocates across the state at our virtual “Log In Speak Out” event

Putting a bold strategic plan into action.

In 2021, we took our most road-tested, successful programs and began sharing them beyond the borders of Minnesota.

These programs include:

  • Our Children are Sacred (OCAS): An initiative to bring culturally informed information and programs to Indian Country. Guided by Elders and the Co-Creation Team, this initiative is reaching Native American communities throughout the country with innovative technology and education strategies. In 2021, we worked with KAT Marketing to develop a mobile app for Native American caregivers and played the OCAS public services announcements in tribal health centers. Learn more about the Our Children are Sacred program at Proof Alliance. The free Our Children Are Sacred mobile app is available on iPhone and Android.
  • FASD Train the Trainer Certification Program: We are providing research-based information on FASD prevention and intervention along with strategies, materials and skills to educate a wide array of audiences in a variety of settings. Our first site for this program is with partner Proof Alliance North Carolina and their first Train the Trainer session will be held in Spring 2022
  • Diagnosis and screening for FASD: By working with partners throughout the country Proof Alliance began expanding opportunities for screening for both prenatal alcohol exposure and FASD in pediatric settings. In 2021, we launched Safest Choice, a project funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration in partnership with our partner Boston Medical Center
  • Prevention Partnerships: Several partnerships have been launched outside of Minnesota, including the Proof Alliance North Carolina partnership which incorporates ongoing virtual in-services for the trainers and an in-person meeting scheduled for May 2022

Board of Directors

Adrienne Oesterle

Adrienne Oesterle

President ,

Retired Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist

Julie Rossman

Julie Rossman

Secretary ,

Parent to Individual with an FASD

Ted Chien

Ted Chien

Treasurer ,

President and CEO, SullivanCotter, Inc.

Lynne Redleaf

Lynne Redleaf

President, Lynne & Andrew Redleaf Foundation

Ashley Booker

Ashley Booker

VP of Community Education & Engagement, Planned Parenthood North Central States

Mary Gilbert Lawrence, M.D.

Mary Gilbert Lawrence, M.D.

Director, Lawrence Family Foundation

Sara Crotteau

Sara Crotteau

Child Protection Social Worker in the Indian Child Welfare Act Unit Hennepin County

Senka Hadzic, MPH

Senka Hadzic, MPH

Program Manager, Stratis Health

Eric Gonzaga

Eric Gonzaga

Partner, Compensation & Benefits Counseling, Grant Thornton

Bill Ludwig

Bill Ludwig

Parent to Individual with an FASD Liquor Store Manager, Paynesville Municipal Liquor Store Representative, MMBA

Anne McKeig

Anne McKeig

Associate Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court

Jessica Larscheid

Jessica Larscheid

Director of HealthPartners OB/GYN, Urology, Urogynecology and Sexual Medicine

Jordan Narvey

Jordan Narvey

Digital Project Manager, Fjorge Digital

Hutton Phillips

Hutton Phillips

Chicago Public School Foundation; Co-Chair, We Day Minnesota; Philanthropist

Mark Wentworth

Mark Wentworth

VP of Quality & Performance Improvement, United Healthcare Government

Sari Witzke, M.D.

Sari Witzke, M.D.

Physician, OB-GYN, Park Nicollet

Thank you to all 2021 donors!

You make it possible!

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2021 Financials

For the year ended December 31, 2021.

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