FETAL ALCOHOL SYNDROME DISORDER PILOT MEDIA INTERVENTION IN NEW JERSEY

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O Awopetu
M Brimacombe
D Cohen

Keywords

FETAL ALCOHOL SYNDROME DISORDER, MEDIA INTERVENTION, NEW JERSEY

Abstract

Background


The  New  Jersey  Fetal  Alcohol  Spectrum  Disorders  Task  Force  launched  the  “Be  in  the  kNOw”multimedia public education campaign in July 2006. The campaign continued until December 2006.


 Objective


To report on the pilot media intervention campaign in Essex and Atlantic Counties, New Jersey, with the goal of identifying strategies to help prevent Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) .


 Methods


The campaign used various media outlets from July 2006 to December 2006, including billboard posters along New Jersey transit routes serving Atlantic City and Newark, local newspapers and radio public service announcements. Messages were distributed in English and Spanish and were primarily aimed at Essex and Atlantic counties. Printed material was distributed throughout the community. All media materials included an 800 number for the New Jersey Family Health Line. Data was collected from individual callers.


 Results


A total of 49 Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) related telephone calls were received through the Family Health Line over the six-month period. An increase from the 5-6 FAS calls typically received in a six- month period. Callers were located throughout New Jersey with 24.5% from Essex County, 12.2% from Mercer County, and 12.2% from Bergen County. 69% of callers identified themselves as white, 25% black, and 6% other. 76% of callers were female. Ages ranged from 8 to 50.


 Conclusion


The media intervention reached a wide geographic audience, provoking interest beyond the initial target area and expected age ranges. The results, however, point to the difficulty of raising awareness of FASD

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