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Alcohol and Pregnancy Infographics

infographic englishThis series of eight infographics were developed to support BC service providers to successfully engage with women and their partners on alcohol use, pregnancy, and prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). They have recently been reformatted for national distribution, and with support from the Public Health Agency of Canada are now available in both English and French.  Note that the BC versions (featuring additional research-to-practice pages) are still available in the Key Project Reports section of this website.

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Women and Tobacco

Women and Alcohol

WaAThis Resource was developed through the support of the Education Training Council, Alberta FASD Cross Ministry Committee and reviewed by experts from the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and the Canada FASD Research Network. Updated July 2015

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Women, Girls and Prescription Medication – Report

CrismCover This report describes research about the use of prescription pain medications by girls and women, focussing on the links to experiences of trauma and chronic pain. The goal of the research was to provide a foundation for identifying program and policy issues and research questions. The project involved: 1) a scoping review on sex and gender based risks, issues, and treatment considerations; 2) an environmental scan involving treatment providers, practitioners, community advocates, researchers, policy makers and medical school instructors to identify priority research and practice issues, and 3) consultations to identify key issues, priorities and recommendations. The research was funded by the CIHR.  

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Repairing the Holes in the Net: Research Summary

RTN SummaryRepairing the Holes in the Net was a 2 year research and system change initiative to improve policy and practice related to care and support for northern women experiencing homelessness, mental health and substance use concerns.

In each of the capital cities of Canada’s three northern territories − Whitehorse, Yellowknife, and Iqaluit − a group of researchers, health care and social service providers, community advocates, and policy makers met monthly to share, learn and collaborate.

This booklet describes how the project participants (who came from diverse government departments and service agencies and included sectors such as addictions, mental health, primary health care, justice, housing, police, income support, child protection, shelters and women’s advocacy) worked to find ways to understand the complexity of homelessness and make shifts in whole systems of service delivery.

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What are the Effects of Trauma? – Infographic


This poster is designed to promote awareness of the effects of trauma in a user friendly way.  Trauma awareness is one of the key principles of trauma-informed practice. This poster has been created in collaboration with the Knowledge Exchange Leads working in mental health and substance use system of care in BC.  Many other types of services, in BC and beyond, working to be become trauma-informed have expressed interest in this poster, and all are welcome to use it.





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Harm Reduction and Pregnancy Information for Service Providers

preg_trauma This poster is designed for use by services involved in prevention of alcohol, tobacco and other substance use in pregnancy.  On the front it is a poster, and on the back is information for service providers on supporting women, families and communities from a harm reduction stance.  This resource was developed with the support of the Education and Training Council, Alberta FASD Cross Ministry Committee and was reviewed by members of the CanFASD Research Network with prevention expertise.

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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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