Health and Social Services conducts statewide survey

Posted: Monday, April 22, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Department of Health and Social Services will conduct a statewide survey on fetal alcohol syndrome.

The survey will help the department evaluate what Alaskans know and believe about fetal alcohol syndrome.

Fetal alcohol syndrome is a lifelong set of physical and mental birth defects associated with alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

The survey will help the department measure the effectiveness of the state's FAS project, said Diane Casto, program manager for the department's office of FAS.

The five-year project is aimed at preventing fetal alcohol syndrome and improving services to help those affected.

Two survey methods will be used, Casto said. A phone survey will target the general public. A mail-out survey will target pediatricians, public health nurses, social workers, substance abuse counselors and other service providers who work with fetal alcohol syndrome.

The survey will run through June and results will be published by the fall.

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