If you’re interested in learning more about how FASD has been addressed in the Native American community in the USA since the 1970s, you may want to take a look at an article on the Navajo Nation FASD Prevention Program published this summer.

According to the article, the Navajo Nation is the only Native American tribe to have a designated FASD prevention program. In the late 1970s, FAS programs started in Tuba City, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation to establish networks of support forwomen, children, and families dealing with alcohol use and its effects on the pregnant woman, child, and family. In 1990, the Navajo Nation took over the prevention efforts from the Indian Health Service and created a pilot prevention model. Programs have now been delivered  to more than 45, 000 individuals.

Prevention toolkits developed specifically for Native American communities are available through the SAMHSA.gov online resource. There’s also a powerpoint presentation called Navajo Nation Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Project: Collaboration in the State of Arizona.

Reference

Beckett, C.D. (2011). Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: A Native American Journey to Prevention. Family & Community Health, 34(3): 242-245. doi: 10.1097/FCH.0b013e31821962a8