The Douglas County Community Health Improvement Project will have three community forums next week on the issue of drinking alcohol during pregnancy.
The Health Improvement Project is an organization made up of representatives from 13 health organizations and funded by a grant from the Kansas Health Foundation.
Surveys showing a high frequency of binge drinking and comparably high incidence of women drinking during pregnancy prompted the organization to pick its first issue.
A task force selected three methods of reducing alcohol use during pregnancy:
- Provide information about the use of alcohol during pregnancy to women seeking pre-natal or family planning care.
- Educate youth on the physical health dangers of drinking alcohol, which would include age appropriate information on drinking during pregnancy.
- Increase public awareness of the dangers associated with drinking during pregnancy.
The forums are being held in the hope of answering two questions, said project coordinator Susan Anderson.
"Does the community think we have chosen interventions that will provide positive results, that will make a difference in this issue?" Anderson said. "Will they work in this community?"
The hour-long forums will be 7 p.m. Nov. 11 in room D of Lawrence Memorial Hospital; at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at Baldwin Public Library; and at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at Eudora City Hall.
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