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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Reaching Healthcare Professionals in the Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Deadline: June 13, 2018

The Reaching Healthcare Professionals in the Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders solicitation seeks to promote prevention of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) through educating members of national professional medical societies or professional organizations who work in primary care settings serving women, particularly pregnant women and women of reproductive age. Activities will include assessing and promoting member awareness of risky alcohol use, including any alcohol use during pregnancy, building/expanding champions networks to support awareness activities and dissemination of resources, developing and implementing recertification requirements, promoting use of science-based messages, and clinical guidelines and policies that support implementation of alcohol screening and brief intervention (SBI).

Successful applicants are expected to implement the following strategies and activities during the project period:

  • Assess medical specialty/professional organization members’ knowledge, attitudes, practices, and training needs around the topic of risky alcohol use, including any alcohol use during pregnancy.
  • Promote medical specialty/professional organization members’ awareness of risky alcohol use, including any alcohol use during pregnancy.
  • Expand the concept of alcohol as a medical issue (rather than solely as a behavioral/addiction issue) to healthcare professionals.
  • Build/expand champions networks to support awareness activities and dissemination of resources.
  • Develop and implement re-certification requirement with content related to alcohol/alcohol screening and brief intervention (SBI)/alcohol-exposed pregnancies (AEP).
  • Promote use of science-based messages by medical specialty/professional organization members through testing and dissemination of Center for Disease Control (CDC) communication products. This includes collaborating with CDC’s FAS program to pilot test newly developed CDC communication products and to disseminate CDC communication products through organization’s membership and champions networks.
  • Promote clinical guidelines and policies that support implementation of alcohol screening and brief intervention (SBI) and promote alcohol SBI as an effective and low-cost clinical intervention aimed at reducing alcohol-exposed pregnancies and harms associated with risky alcohol use.

Amount: A total of $5,000,000 is available to fund up to five awards that range from $200,000-$250,000 each year for up to four years.

Eligibility: Unrestricted open competition; no eligibility limitations are indicated.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=303240

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