Pre-Conference Institute: The Social Determinants of FASD

The Pre-Conference Institute will focus on the social determinants of health and FASD. In spite of the prevalence of the condition FASD, it is often overlooked and misunderstood in the community. The community and society in general have a significant role in shaping the experience for individuals and families impacted by prenatal alcohol exposure. The social determinants of health in relation to FASD play a role in the poor health outcomes and inequities that exist. Improving outcomes requires considering, understanding, and addressing social determinants of health and how they contribute to these inequities that impact families and individuals on the spectrum. This requires addressing issues of racial discrimination, social isolation, adverse childhood experiences, access to appropriate health care and services, income inequity, education inequity, unemployment and under employment, and housing instability. This year’s Pre-Conference Institute will serve as a call to action and a plan for conference attendees to promote equity and address the social determinants of health in preventing alcohol exposed pregnancies and supporting everyone impacted by FASD.

Racial Disparities in Pregnancy: Is there a problem?
Presented by: Dr. Corinne Brown-Robinson, OB/GYN, Health Partners
Dr. Brown-Robinson will present on the role that race plays in health care, specifically prenatal and postpartum health care.  She will review the current data on infant and maternal mortality as it relates to race and ethnic groups, and will discuss the tangible ways we can improve these disparities.

The Social determinants of health and prenatal care use of mothers of children with FASD: Opportunities for prevention and maternal wellbeing
Presented by: Dr. Deepa Singal, Post-Doctoral Fellow, British Columbia Academic Health Science Network
Dr. Singal will present on the various disparities experienced by women who give birth to children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.  Her research has explored higher rates of inadequate prenatal care, among other factors, in a case-control study.  She will discuss the research findings and multisector interventions that are needed to address the issue.

Panel Discussion: The Intersection of Social Determinants of Health and Living with an FASD

Moderated by Julie Bauch , MS,RN, PHN, Opioid Response Coordinator, Hennepin County 

Panelists: Dave Ashbach, Community Support Specialist, CHOICE, Unlimited; Noya Woodrich, MSW, LISW, Deputy Commissioner, Health Department City of Minneapolis; & Terri Yellowhammer, JD,  American Indian Community Relations Development Manager, Hennepin County; Jessica Fowler, Property & Compliance Manager, YWCA St. Paul

The intersection of living with an FASD and social determinants of health will be discussed by a panel of service providers who have had experience supporting and advocating for individuals with an FASD as they face the challenges associated with various social determinants, such as housing instability, employment, and incarceration.

*Limited to the first 100 registrants.