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Harm Reduction and Pregnancy: Community-based Approached to Prenatal Substance Use in Western Canada

HReduction and Preg Booklet.2015_web_coverThis resource was developed following a panel held at the HerWay Home Community Conference on September 29, 2014. The conference was generously supported by the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island.
This resource provides a short introduction to harm reduction approaches during pregnancy and uses examples from programs across Canada that work with pregnant women and new mothers to illustrate harm reduction ‘in action’.

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Making it Better: Gender Transformative Health Promotion

MakingItBetter_cover.NovEdited by Lorraine Greaves, Ann Pederson and Nancy Poole

The book explores the ways in which gendered norms affect health and social equity for all human beings, and invites us to rethink conventional approaches to health promotion and to strive for transformative initiatives and policies. Offering practical tools and evidence-based strategies for moving from gender integration to gender transformation, this anthology is required reading for policymakers, health promotion and healthcare practitioners, researchers, community developers, and social service providers. 

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Substance Use During Pregnancy: An Overview of Key Canadian Policy and Practice Areas

Canadian.Policy on.Subst Use + Preg.Sept 2 2014-CoverCanada FASD Research Network’s Action Team on Prevention from A Women’s Health Determinants Perspective

Legislation, social policy and health care and child welfare practices can contribute significantly to effective care and support for women who use substances during pregnancy. This backgrounder provides a brief overview of several important areas of policy-making and discusses how policy can contribute to developing supportive health and social services to effectively address substance use during pregnancy.

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First Nations Women’s Healing: Moving from Hardship to Resilience

First Nations womens HealingPhotoessay -coverThis Photovoice project was an entry point to developing a deeper understanding of the experiences of women who are concerned about their health, their family, and their culture. Their images and words reflect an understanding of health and healing based on relationships – with the land, with family and friends, with community, and with culture.

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Alcohol and Pregnancy Warning Signage Fact Sheet

Alcohol and Pregnancy: Warning Signage Information Kit for Local Governments in British Columbia, 2014

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Prepared for the Ministry of Health by Gerald Thomas, Okanagan Research and Nancy Poole, BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health. This resource includes a discussion of the forms and types of messages that can be provided via FASD prevention signs, including examples of recommended messages to help prevent/reduce drinking in pregnancy and promote health among women of childbearing years.

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FASD Prevention: Taking a Relational Approach: The Importance of Timely and Supportive Connections for Women


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This information sheet has been prepared for decision makers, health system planners and service providers interested in improving care for women at risk of having a child affected by FASD. It has been prepared by members of the CanNorthwest FASD Research Network’s Action Team on FASD Prevention from a Women’s Health Determinant’s Perspective.

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Alcohol, Pregnancy and Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: What Men Can do to Help

Cover_what-men-can-do-_final-feb-2014Canada FASD Research Network’s Action Team on FASD Prevention from a Women’s Health Determinants Perspective, 2014

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is the leading known cause of developmental disability. FASD is the result of exposure to alcohol in utero and is believed to affect 1% of the population. While men’s alcohol use is not a direct contributor to FASD, there are many ways that men can help to prevent FASD. Researchers and service providers who are part of the Canada FASD Research Network have some suggestions for men who want to make a difference.

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Women and Alcohol: A Women’s Health Resource

WomenAndAlcoholResource2014.CVRBritish Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2014

This resource was written by women for women, to provide useful information about alcohol and to help women make healthy and well-informed choices about alcohol use.

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Evaluation of FASD Prevention and FASD Support Programs: An Introductory Guide


British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2014.

This guide is a companion resource to the website. The website includes evaluation frameworks, methods, tools, and indicators of success to support the work of community-based FASD prevention programs for women including pregnant women and recent mothers, supportive intervention programs for adults and older youth with FASD, and FASD programs in Aboriginal communities. This guide provides an introduction to the visual maps that the website is based on, discussion questions for groups planning or undertaking evaluation, and suggestions on how to make use of the variety of resources available on-line.

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