The purpose of the CARE Project (Cease Alcohol Related Exposure) is to improve
the quality of education for pregnant women related to alcohol consumption.
Through this project, PHFE WIC provides training to local agency WIC staff
throughout California on evidence-based alcohol screening protocols and brief
The National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse funded PHFE WIC and UCLA
to conduct a five-year randomized controlled study on prenatal alcohol screening
protocols and brief intervention techniques. The study demonstrated significant
increases in the detection of prenatal alcohol use. Additionally, women from the
WIC intervention sites were more likely to stop drinking than women in the
control sites. The study also showed that women receiving the brief intervention
and screening protocols had healthier birth outcomes. At the conclusion of the
study, PHFE implemented the protocols and brief intervention techniques in all
60 of its WIC sites. Nationally, three State WIC Programs have adopted the
prenatal alcohol protocols and brief intervention techniques.
The Health and Behavior Workbooks (brief intervention with pregnant women who
state they are drinking) are available on this website in English, Spanish,
Vietnamese and Chinese.
The Prenatal Nutrition Questions (self-completed questionnaires with revised
alcohol screening questions used at PHFE WIC enrollment with all pregnant women)
are also available on this website in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese,
Korean and Armenian.
For more information on Project CARE, please contact