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.

FASD Prevention

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Preventing FASD

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can impact fetal development and cause irreversible birth defects and brain injury.1-6 Children with prenatal alcohol exposure are at risk of having fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). FASD is a brain-based permanent disability that has wide-ranging effects, including cognitive deficits related to executive function, learning, attention, and memory.7-13 FASD can be prevented by not drinking any alcohol during pregnancy.14

There is no known safe level of alcohol during pregnancy, there is no known safe type of alcohol during pregnancy, and there is no known safe time to drink alcohol during pregnancy. 15-17

Because there is no known amount of alcohol that can be considered safe during pregnancy, it is advised by all major medical associations, including the Centers for Disease Control18, the American Academy of Pediatrics19 and the U.S. Surgeon General20 that if a person is pregnant or could become pregnant, they should abstain from drinking alcohol.

Proof Alliance shares the FASD prevention message in a variety of ways, including:

You can learn more about each of these efforts below.

Community Events

Each year, Proof Alliance participates in community events across Minnesota. By attending these events, we are able to share information about FASD and the importance of planned, alcohol-free pregnancies with communities all across the state. At these events, Proof Alliance staff and volunteers share our prevention message to remind people that there is no known safe level of alcohol during pregnancy.

If you have an upcoming health fair or community event and want Proof Alliance to participate, please contact Sarah Brown.

If you are interested in volunteering with Proof Alliance at community events, please contact Sarah Brown for more information.

Alcohol-Free Mocktails

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) cannot be cured, but FASD can be prevented by not drinking alcohol – including beer, wine, hard liquor, hard ciders, and mixed drinks/cocktails – during pregnancy. If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant and are unsure if a drink contains alcohol, determine if it’s alcohol-free by reading the label or asking the host. If you cannot determine that the beverage is alcohol-free, consider choosing a drink that you know contains no alcohol instead. The safest choice is to not drink any alcohol if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Instead, enjoy a refreshing and delicious alternative with alcohol-free mocktails.

FASD Prevention Grants

Proof Alliance is committed to preventing fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). In support of this work, each year we offer funding to eligible organizations in Minnesota that are interested in engaging their community through public events focused on preventing FASD. The events aim to create awareness of the risks associated with prenatal alcohol exposure and increase the number of people who plan their pregnancies and engage in healthy behaviors both before becoming pregnant and during pregnancy. To learn more about this grant and the work being done by current grantees, click here.

College Ambassador Program

The College Ambassador Program is an extension of the Proof Alliance FASD Prevention Grant. Through this grant program, colleges and universities in Minnesota can apply for up to $2,500 to host student events focused on preventing FASD. The events educate students on the importance of preconception health, planned, alcohol-free pregnancies, and lifestyle choices that support the Proof Alliance prevention message. To learn more about the College Ambassador Program, click here.

Family-Centered Long-Term Recovery Supports Grant

With the right supports, mothers with substance use disorders can maintain recovery and lead healthier lives with their children. Proof Alliance works to provide these supports through the Family-Centered Long-Term Recovery Supports grant. Grant recipients serve women with histories of alcohol use disorders and substance use disorders who are either pregnant or parenting young children. The program works by addressing root problems for the most vulnerable families and connecting them with existing community resources. By connecting participants with recovery services, community resources, and peer support, the program supports healthy moms, children, and families. To learn more about this grant, click here.

Sources:

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  2. Feldman HS, et al. Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Patterns and Alcohol-Related Birth Defects and Growth Deficiencies: A Prospective Study. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2012;36(4):670-676.
  3. Treit S, Zhou D, Chudley AE, et al. Relationships between Head Circumference, Brain Volume and Cognition in Children with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure. PLoS ONE. 2016;11(2):1-15.
  4. Sawada Feldman H, Lyons Jones K, Lindsay S, et al. Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Patterns and Alcohol-Related Birth Defects and Growth Deficiencies: A Prospective Study. Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. 2012;36(4):670-676.
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  6. Lewis SM, Vydrová RR, Leuthold AC, Georgopoulos AP. Cortical miscommunication after prenatal exposure to alcohol. Experimental Brain Research. 2016;234(11):3347-3353.
  7. Noor S, Milligan ED. Lifelong Impacts of Moderate Prenatal Alcohol Exposure on Neuroimmune Function. Frontiers in Immunology. 2018.
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  14. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Alcohol Use in Pregnancy. https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/fasd/alcohol-use.html
  15. American Academy of Pediatrics. AAP Says No Amount of Alcohol Should Be Considered Safe During Pregnancy. https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/AAP-Says-No-Amount-of-Alcohol-Should-be-Considered-Safe-During-Pregnancy.aspx
  16. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Alcohol Use in Pregnancy. https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/fasd/alcohol-use.html
  17. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An Alcohol-Free Pregnancy is the Best Choice for Your Baby. https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/fasd/documents/fasdbrochure_final.pdf
  18. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs). https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/fasd/alcohol-use.html
  19. American Academy of Pediatrics. AAP Says No Amount of Alcohol Should Be Considered Safe During Pregnancy. https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/AAP-Says-No-Amount-of-Alcohol-Should-be-Considered-Safe-During-Pregnancy.aspx
  20. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Notice to Readers: Surgeon General’s Advisory on Alcohol Use in Pregnancy. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5409a6.htm

Last updated: March 2019


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