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Letter From the FASD Task Force
December 31, 2008

Dear Colleague,

As a member of the Pennsylvania State Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Task Force, I am pleased to advise you of the FASD Action Plan. FASD is an umbrella term that is used to describe the nation’s leading category of preventable birth defects that range from subtle to severe and last a lifetime.  It is estimated that one in 100 live births has a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder resulting from prenatal alcohol exposure.

Given your professional and community involvement and expertise, I felt the state plan would be of special interest to you, not only from an information standpoint, but so you might become involved in promoting the plan’s concepts.  In order to prevent future cases of FASD and to adequately provide interventions for those individuals who have a FASD, it is imperative to increase awareness and involvement.  You can access and read The Pennsylvania Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Action Plan 2008 at www.health.state.pa.us/bdap.

Please assist the task force by completing the FASD Action Plan Survey, also located on the same web page.  This will help identify who has been informed about the state plan, indicate training needs on the topic, and so forth.  Also, kindly forward this communication on to your colleagues, friends, and family members so that they, too, can have and share this important information about a birth defect that is 100 percent preventable and occurs without prejudice.  With your help, we can reduce the occurrence of alcohol-impacted pregnancies in Pennsylvania!

Sincerely,

Connell O'Brien
FASD State Task Force

Policy Specialist,
Pennsylvania Community Providers Association (PCPA)

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