Folic acid is a crucial B vitamin that can prevent up to two thirds of cases of neural tube defects if taken daily before a woman becomes pregnant.
The Folic Strong Team, which is led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Waisman Center and the Wisconsin Genetics System Integration Hub, has recently released a webinar that details the importance of folic acid for women of all ages, the current recommendations related to folic acid, and new opportunities for helping women access folic acid through their health plans.
The webinar, which is available for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, can be accessed through the UW School of Medicine and Public Health Office of Continuing Professional Development at the following link: http://www.ocpd.wisc.edu/FolicAcid.aspx.
Other provider and public education efforts have included the following:
Education for public health community care providers, including statewide WIC nutritionists as well as home visiting program supervisors, detailing the same information included in the webinar described above.
A website dedicated to providing valuable information on folic acid for both the public and healthcare providers - folicstrong.org. The website includes educational materials, resources, and an opportunity for women to pledge to take daily folic acid. Weekly email reminders are offered, if desired.