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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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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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