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Screening and Intervention Programs

Arizona Department of Health Services (Health Start)

Intervention Type

FASD Prevention Subcontractors
(Brief Intervention)

Project Contact Information

Arizona Department of Health Services (Health Start)
Sara Rumann, M.A., Project Director
150 North 18th Avenue, Suite 320
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602-364-1421
Fax: 602-364-1494

Project Summary Statement

The Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of Women’s and Children’s Health is working on integrating alcohol screening and brief intervention within its statewide home visiting program Health Start. The project was first piloted in Option Year One (OY1) in North Country Healthcare Community Health Center in Coconino County in northern Arizona and in Native Health Community Health Center in Maricopa County in central Phoenix. The project was expanded and integrated within the Health Start Program at eight local delivery sites in Maricopa, Coconino, Apache, Santa Cruz and Yuma Counties, reaching approximately 697 at-risk women during the second option year (OY2). During option years 3-4, the FASD prevention project will be integrated statewide at the remaining five Health Start sites for a total of thirteen sites, reaching over 2,900 at-risk women.

The goal of the project is to eliminate alcohol consumption among pregnant women participating in the prenatal care program who are at-risk for poor birth outcomes. The strategy being integrated to accomplish this goal is implementation of the evidence-based intervention: M.J. O’Connor and S.E. Whaley “Brief Intervention of Alcohol Use by Pregnant Women (American Journal of Public Health, 2007; 97 (2): 252-258).

The target audience at the local delivery sites is predominately Native American and Hispanic pregnant women at high-risk for a preterm birth as determined by medical risk factors identified at enrollment. The FASD prevention project supports the Bureau’s mission “to strengthen the family and the community by promoting and improving the health status of women, infants, and children.”