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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.

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 a record number of people with life-changing prevention information about the importance of alcohol-free pregnancies
  • 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 women 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 traffic increased 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 for no cuts to our 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

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.
  • 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

Thank you to all 2021 donors!

We couldn't do what we do without you!

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