TCHMB’s Community Health Subcommittee is one of a kind among state perinatal quality collaboratives.

Previous work focused on the prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).  State and national organizations such as the Texas Medical Association (TMA) and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) have identified FASD prevention as an important topic to address, particularly through interventions aimed at consumers.  Community Health’s objective was to fill in the gaps in the existing provision of information to the public about FASD.  A one-page fact sheet was developed for women of child-bearing age regarding the use of alcohol in pregnancy. This product was informed by the results of a survey of over 3,000 women in the Texas Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), which gauged women’s attitudes and knowledge about alcohol use in pregnancy.  This one-pager is available here at DSHS’s Someday Starts Now web site.

Ultimately, the Community Health Subcommittee aims to be a resource for communities and families, increasing awareness and providing education on important perinatal health issues.