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Preventing Violence in American Cities with Safer Alcohol Sales

 “Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, sales from off-premises alcohol outlets have risen dramatically across the country. The report analyzes the relationship between alcohol outlet density and violent crime and provides safer alcohol sales policy options to help cities reduce violent crime while improving the health and well-being of residents.”

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March of Dimes Urges Congress to Increase Funding for Critical Programs to Support Mom & Baby Health


March of Dimes said the COVID-19 pandemic has compounded the maternal and infant health crisis and urged lawmakers to adequately fund key programs that are critical to the health of moms and babies.”


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Secretary of Health and Human Services Nominee Xavier Becerra Commits to Working with Senators Lisa Murkowski and Amy Klobuchar on FASD

Senator Lisa Murkowski, who plans to reintroduce FASD legislation with Senator Amy Klobuchar this spring, asked Xavier Becerra about FASD during the Senate’s consideration of the California Attorney General’s nomination to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. 

The NOFAS Policy team led by Susan Carlson worked with Senator Murkowski’s office to engage nominee Becerra on the importance of FASD.  If approved, Secretary Becerra would guide and manage the federal resources and agencies committed to the health and well being of the nation. A full Senate vote on Becerra’s nomination could occur as early as this week.

To read more about Xavier's promise , click HERE

To learn more about FASD legislation and connecting with the NOFAS Policy and Training Center, click HERE!!!








NIH Funds Studies on Alcohol Use, Vaping During Pregnancy

“The research funded by the NIH grant focuses on identifying specific alcohol target pathways that cause FASD, which could provide critical insight for the development of treatments.  “We have observed a unique interaction of alcohol with a compound that shows it might have the possibility to prevent some of these effects from occurring in children,” says Dr. Jayanth Ramadoss.”

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NOFAS Presenting at HHS Office of Disability Prevention for Children Virtual Conference

NOFAS V.P. Kathleen T. Mitchell is a featured keynote speaker at this conference.  “On Tuesdays in March beginning on the 9th, the 2021 HHS Office of Disability Prevention for Children Statewide Virtual Conference will host a series of free webinars to highlight key topics on preventing intellectual and developmental disabilities in children.”

Register, HERE!






New Vaccine Priority for People with I/DD!


People with Intellectual and other Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) are now explicitly included in prioritized populations for the COVID-19 vaccine in North Carolina, according to an announcement by Governor Roy Cooper.

 Any individuals with I/DD receiving 30 days or more of home and community based services (HCBS) can schedule a vaccine now. Other individuals with I/DD who do not yet qualify for the vaccine can start scheduling vaccine appointments on March 24, 2021.

 NCDHHS also shared clarifications for Groups 1 and 4. The definition of long-term care in Group 1 has been updated for people with intellectual and developmental disability. Higher-risk medical conditions for Group 4 include intellectual and developmental disabilities including Down Syndrome, and neurologic conditions, such as dementia, per the announcement. 

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