Evidence-Based FASD Prevention: Help Us to Promote Universal Alcohol Screening & Brief Intervention!

Evidence-Based FASD Prevention: Help Us to Promote Universal Alcohol Screening & Brief Intervention!

Presenter: Marilyn Pierce-Bulger, APRN (MN, FNP-BC, CNM) President, Board of Directors, Alaska Center for FASD & Consultant, University of Alaska Anchorage Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services

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This session will explore the use of evidence-based FASD prevention strategies such as universal alcohol screening and brief intervention, challenges related to implementing these prevention methods, and ways that the public can help to promote the use of these strategies with their own health care providers.

About the Presenter Marilyn Pierce-Bulger, APRN (MN, FNP-BC, CNM), is a family nurse practitioner and certified nurse-midwife with 45 years’ experience in maternal and child health and 25 years’ experience in the field of FASD.  She created Nutaqsiivik, a home visitation program, to address the high post neonatal infant mortality health disparity for Anchorage urban American Indian/Alaska Native infants. During that work she discovered that a large percentage of the high social risk clients served by the program either had an FAS/FAE diagnosis or were living and parenting unsuccessfully due to an undiagnosed cognitive impairment. She has worked as a consultant for the State of Alaska, University of Alaska (UAA) Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services CDC-funded FASD projects, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)/Native American Management Services- Healthy Native Babies project. She founded and managed the Anchorage FASD Diagnostic team for 10 years and created the Alaska Center for FASD in 2017 to promote prevention, support caregivers and individuals with FASD, and to advocate for systems change.

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