Fetal Alcohol and Drug Unit
Research Studies and Intervention Projects-IHS
Principal Investigator: Therese Grant, Ph.D.
Funded by the Indian Health Service
Since 1983, the Indian Health Service (IHS) has funded the Fetal Alcohol and Drug Unit to provide FASD information and strategies for prevention and intervention to American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. This contract enables the unit to carry out the following activities:
- Provide consultation to AI/AN individuals with FASD and their families, and make referrals for FASD evaluation and diagnosis. Consultations include referrals to a wide range of professionals in the medical, education, legal, and social services systems, and to other service providers as appropriate.
- Provide technical support on FASD issues to service providers, professionals, and students working with AI/AN populations. This support is provided through phone and in person consultations, as well as through research/clinical internships. FADU provides technical support to AI/AN in developing FASD screening, prevention and intervention programs.
- Collaborate with the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board on FASD issues and training needs.
- Respond to requests for information on FASD and related topics by providing resources, referrals, and workshops. Presentation of research findings at invited talks and publication of research in scientific journals and other periodicals is ongoing.
- Summarize existing unidentified, aggregate FADU research data involving AI/AN participants, and report on recommended strategies for FASD prevention and treatment.
(See Publications – Indian Health Service FASD Project)
- Summer 2011 Lummi FASD Series
- September 2011 FASD Training
- September 2012 FASD Training
- 2013 Webinars on FASD:
On July, 10, 2013, the Indian Health Service (IHS) Headquarters, Division of Behavioral Health, hosted a DVPI Webinar entitled “Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)” from 1-2:30pm EST. The Webinar presenter was Julian Davies, M.D., University of Washington Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and member of the UW Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Diagnostic and Prevention Network (FAS DPN). The Webinar was organized by the UW Fetal Alcohol and Drug Unit (FADU). This presentation provided an overview of FASD including diagnostic criteria and a brief look at appropriate interventions for behavioral health providers.
To view a recording of the July 10th Webinar please click this link: http://ihs.adobeconnect.com/pzhq65lq43/
On September 9, 2013, a second Webinar was hosted by IHS with a title of “Beyond the Diagnosis: Effective Interventions for Children and Adolescents with FASD” from 2-3:30pm EST. The Webinar presenter was, once again, Julian Davies, M.D. and the Webinar organizer, the Fetal Alcohol and Drug Unit (FADU). This program provided an in-depth review of the latest research on FASD interventions, as well as practical parenting and teaching tips learned from families and research colleagues.
To view a recording of the September 9th Webinar please click this link: http://ihs.adobeconnect.com/p9se0zrd5xl/