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).
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.
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.
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.
You are probably familiar with the statistic that nearly half of all pregnancies are unplanned.1 This can result in prenatal alcohol exposure before a person even knows they are pregnant. Proof Alliance supports increasing the proportion of people who plan their pregnancies and engage in healthy behaviors before becoming pregnant to reduce the incidence of prenatal alcohol exposure. Prevention of unintended pregnancies is one of the single most important, cost-effective initiatives that will help reduce fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
Proof Alliance encourages all primary care health care providers to routinely ask every woman* at every visit — including pregnancy, preconception, and well-woman visits — if they plan to become pregnant in the next year. Their response then triggers a doctor-patient discussion that can keep the woman healthier, help eliminate health disparities, and save tax payer dollars:
Screening every woman every time helps to put reproductive health front and center as part of primary health care, and provides an opportunity for women to be more prepared for pregnancy and be as healthy as possible during and after pregnancy.
For more information or technical assistance on implementing screening protocols in a prenatal setting, please contact Proof Alliance at 651-917-2370.
Proof Alliance acknowledges that not every person who can become pregnant identifies as a woman. Although we try to use gender-neutral language as often as possible, much of the current research available currently refers only to “women” when discussing the ability to become pregnant. When citing this research, we refer to the language used in the study. In these cases, “woman” refers to someone who was assigned female at birth.
Last updated: June 2019