Consultation with Community Agencies
Neurodevelopmental Disorder associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
Through her non-profit foundation, 7th Generation Foundation, Inc., Dr. Rich presents at local, state, national, and international conferences on the topic of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure including the teratology behind the brain damage, infant mortality, birth defects, and other reproductive health consequences of alcohol use during childbearing years. The non-profit's main aims are in helping communities develop programs for identification, treatment and prevention of neurodevelopmental disorder associated with prenatal alcohol exposure (ND-PAE), also known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). For example, prior to medical school, Dr. Rich helped develop a therapeutic community for women in recovery and their dependent children, who were reunited from foster care. The women learn parenting skills, work or attend school as part of their rental agreement, and receive on-site substance abuse treatment and counseling as well as a variety of other community services.
Dr. Rich has provided strategic planning consultation to community and state agencies to develop services, including grant assistance, policy development, and program guidance.
Trainings & Grand Rounds
She has given presentations to residents and fellows at teaching hospitals, symposia at national and international medical conferences, and community-based training for understanding ND-PAE identification, treatment and prevention.