Publications: Reports and Resources

Mothering and Opioids: Addressing Stigma – Acting Collaboratively

Much is changing in the substance use and child welfare fields to bring forth approaches that are culturally safe, trauma informed, harm reduction-oriented and participant-driven. This toolkit highlights these advances and invites people to think about how we can continue to improve our work, in partnership with the women who use these services. The toolkit is designed primarily for substance use and child welfare practitioners, as well as other service providers and health system planners who offer services to, or design services with, pregnant women and new mothers who use substances. View PDF

Sex Gender and Cannabis

This report reviews current research and data on cannabis use and its effects in order to highlight sex and gender related factors and issues. It is one of the products of a policy-research partnership project funded by Health Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Gender and Health and managed by the Gender Health Unit of the Strategic Policy Branch of Health Canada. View report

Indigenous Approaches to FASD Prevention: Revitalizing Culture and Healing

This booklet presents seven programs that exemplify how Indigenous communities across Canada are working to integrate culture and healing into their efforts to improve the health of women, children, and their families. Each program has thoughtfully drawn upon traditional notions of wellness, whereby culture and language, coordinating basic needs, and addressing complex challenges become a part of community-based strategies. View PDF

Healing Families, Helping Systems: A Trauma-Informed Practice Guide for Working with Children, Youth and Families

This guide is concerned with advancing understanding and action about trauma informed approaches that support program and service delivery for/with children, youth and families. This guide is the result of a project of the Ministry of Children and Family Development in British Columbia with the goals of identifying trauma-informed approaches, to raise awareness, and to increase capacity among service providers delivering child and youth services. View PDF

Talking About Substance Use During Pregnancy: Collaborative Approaches for Health Care Providers

Asking questions about the type, frequency, and amount of substance use is often a routine part of prenatal care for physicians, midwives, nurses, pregnancy outreach workers and other prenatal care providers. Here are some ideas for open, supportive, and effective conversations with women and girls.
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Conversation Starters on Healthy Living for Facilitators of Girls’ Empowerment Groups

These three discussion guides have been developed by researchers at the Centre for Excellence for Women’s Health (CEWH), in collaboration with Girls Action Foundation. They are intended to accompany the Take Care toolkit for girls’ empowerment group facilitators and can be helpful in starting discussions about girls’ health and wellness. They can be downloaded here and featured in girls’ spaces. Developed with the financial support of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Healthy Eating is a Girls’ Issue!

 

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Physical Activity is a Girls’ Issue!

 

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Substance Use is a Girls’ Issue!

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Doorways to Conversation: Brief Intervention on Substance Use with Girls and Women

Because substance use has wide-ranging effects on many different aspects of life, service providers across a range of health care and social service settings can have an important role in addressing the potential harms of substance use and improving overall health. This resource focuses on brief intervention with girls and women in the preconception and perinatal period. Service providers from a range of backgrounds will find it relevant to their practice.

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Brief Intervention on Substance Use with Girls and Women: 50 Ideas for Dialogue, Skill Building, and Empowerment

Brief interventions are collaborative conversations between an individual and a health care or social service provider about a health issue. This resource focuses on brief intervention on substance use with girls and women in the preconception and perinatal period in addressing the potential harms of substance use and improving girls’ and women’s overall health.

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New Terrain: Tools to Integrate Trauma and Gender Informed Responses into Substance Use Practice and Policy


This toolkit provides information about trauma, gender, and sex informed programs, initiatives and projects to share in staff training, program planning and evaluation, and to assist in supporting these approaches in programs and organizations. It also includes specific tools to support practice and policy change. It is one of many publications created as part of the Trauma/Gender/Substance Use Project.

This resource has been made possible by a financial contribution from Health Canada. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada.

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Grounding Activities and Trauma-Informed Practice

Within trauma-informed organizations and systems, learning grounding activities can be important for clients and service providers alike. This handout offers 10 grounding activities that can be helpful for managing trauma responses.
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50 Trauma, Gender, and Substance Use Cards

These cut-out cards contain key points from the academic research literature on the intersections of trauma, gender, and sex and its role in substance use services and policies. They were developed for a workshop called “Becoming Trauma- and Gender-Informed” held at the Issues of Substance conference hosted by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction in November 2017.
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Trauma Informed Practice and the Opioid Crisis: A Discussion Guide for Health Care and Social Service Providers


This discussion guide is intended to stimulate further conversation on “becoming trauma-informed” and assist health care and social service providers in considering additional ways of addressing the opioid crisis in their particular context. It is one of many publications created as part of the Trauma/Gender/Substance Use Project.

This resource has been made possible by a financial contribution from Health Canada. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada.

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Women and Opioids: Media Guide

This backgrounder on women and opioids is based on research showing that many women are affected differently from men by the opioid crisis and that prevention and intervention approaches require attention to these differences. Includes suggestions for better reporting on women and opioids along with a brief overview of research and trends in Canada.

This media resource was created by researchers at the Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health as part of the Trauma/Gender/Substance Use Project and in partnership with the Canada FASD Research Network. CEWH is hosted by BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority.

Funding for the creation of this guide was provided by Health Canada. The views herein are not necessarily those of Health Canada.
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FASD Prevention: An Annotated Bibliography of Articles Published in 2018

FASD Prevention: An Annotated Bibliography of Articles Published in 2018. Each year Canada FASD Research Network (CanFASD) and CEWH compile published research articles related to FASD prevention from around the world. View the 2018 Annotated Bibliography here.

FASD Prevention: An Annotated Bibliography of Articles Published in 2017

FASD Prevention: An Annotated Bibliography of Articles Published in 2017. Each year Canada FASD Research Network (CanFASD) and CEWH compile published research articles related to FASD prevention from around the world. View the 2017 Annotated Bibliography here.

FASD Prevention: An Annotated Bibliography of Articles Published in 2016

FASD Prevention: An Annotated Bibliography of Articles Published in 2016. Each year Canada FASD Research Network (CanFASD) and CEWH compile published research articles related to FASD prevention from around the world. Download the 2016 Annotated Bibliography here.

Building a Trauma Informed Aftercare Network in Saskatchewan

A summary of meetings at the Family Treatment Centre in Prince Albert to discuss what service providers know about aftercare for women who have completed treatment for substance use problems, and what opportunities exist for enhancing aftercare in a trauma-informed way.

It is one of several resources developed as part of the Trauma / Gender / Substance Use (TGS) project made possible by funding from Health Canada. The views in the guide do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada.

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Sex, Gender and Opioids

A resource for service providers and program planners, this info sheet describes sex- and gender-based factors impacting opioid use and treatments.

It is one of several resources developed as part of the Trauma/Gender/ Substance Use (TGS) project made possible by funding from Health Canada. The views in this resource do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada.

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Sex, Gender and Alcohol

A resource for service providers and program planners, this info sheet describes sex- and gender-based factors impacting alcohol use and treatments.

It is one of several resources developed as part of the Trauma/ Gender/ Substance Use (TGS) project made possible by funding from Health Canada. The views in this resource do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada.

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Indigenous Approaches to FASD Prevention: Brief Interventions with Girls and Women

BRIEF INTERVENTIONS WITH GIRLS AND WOMEN provides a brief introduction to ways of working with Indigenous girls and women to address alcohol, pregnancy, and other related concerns. It is one of five publications highlighting how FASD prevention is understood and practiced in Indigenous traditional culture. The series is a collaboration of The Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, and the Canada FASD Research Network.

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Indigenous Approaches to FASD Prevention: Indigenous Mothering

INDIGENOUS MOTHERING provides a brief introduction to how FASD prevention activities can support the health and well-being of Indigenous mothers and their families. It is one of five publications highlighting how FASD prevention is understood and practiced in Indigenous traditional culture. The series is a collaboration of The Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, and the Canada FASD Research Network.

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Indigenous Approaches to FASD Prevention: Reconciliation and Healing

RECONCILIATION AND HEALING provides a brief introduction to how FASD prevention activities can support reconciliation, social justice and change. It is one of five publications highlighting how FASD prevention is understood and practiced in Indigenous traditional culture.  The series is a collaboration of The Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, and the Canada FASD Research Network.

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Indigenous Approaches to FASD Prevention: Wellness

WELLNESS provides a brief introduction to activities and interventions that support holistic and cultural approaches to individual and community wellness. It is one of five publications highlighting how FASD prevention is understood and practiced in Indigenous traditional culture. The series is a collaboration of The Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, and the Canada FASD Research Network.

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Indigenous Approaches to FASD Prevention: Community Action

COMMUNITY ACTION provides a brief introduction to Indigenous community-led initiatives that can help to prevent FASD and includes examples from Canada and internationally. It is one of five publications highlighting how FASD prevention is understood and practiced in Indigenous traditional culture.  The series is a collaboration of The Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, and the Canada FASD Research Network.

 

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Sex, Gender and Cannabis

A resource for service providers and program planners, this info sheet describes what we know so far about sex- and gender-based factors related to cannabis use.

It is one of several resources developed as part of the Trauma/Gender/Substance Use (TGS) project made possible by funding from Health Canada. The views in this resource do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada. Revised February 2018.

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Sex, Gender and Tobacco

A resource for service providers and program planners, this info sheet describes sex- and gender-based factors impacting tobacco use and treatments. Examples of gender-transformative approaches are featured.

It is one of several resources developed as part of the Trauma/Gender/Substance Use (TGS) project made possible by funding from Health Canada. The views in this resource do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada. Revised February 2018.

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Trauma-Informed Approaches to Seclusion and Restraint Reduction

A discussion guide for service providers and program planners, this resource offers strategies to support organizational change. It includes reflective questions for examining current approaches to seclusion and restraint, determining current trends and impacts, and developing alternatives that are trauma informed.

It is one of several resources developed as part of the Trauma / Gender / Substance Use (TGS) project made possible by funding from Health Canada. The views in the guide do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada.

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Developing an Indigenous Approach to FASD

The Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, and the Canada FASD Research Network convened in May 2017 to create a Consensus Statement to addressing and preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder for Indigenous Peoples. Their collaborative response details eight tenets to the enacting the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

“Dialogue to Action on the Prevention of FASD” project was made possible by the financial assistance from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and Health Canada’s First Nations and Inuit Health Branch.

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Here’s what we know about alcohol & pregnancy

This infographic provides an overview of what we know about alcohol and pregnancy and the kinds of support women deserve.  It was developed with support from Canada FASD Research Network and its Prevention Network Action Team with a goal of promoting engagement between women, partners, providers and communities.

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Alcohol and Pregnancy Brief Intervention Guides

Alcohol and Pregnancy Brief Intervention Guides
The resources in this section were developed to support service providers to successfully engage with women and their partners on alcohol use, pregnancy, and prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). While many aspects of FASD prevention are interconnected, current evidence and practice issues have been synthesized into eight topics that allow service providers to explore issues from different perspectives and that are most relevant to their own practice.

Each topic area includes: a brief overview of recent research findings; practical strategies for addressing alcohol issues with women; online resources for further reading and for sharing with women and their supports; reflection and discussion questions; and referral information for British Columbia.

Click below for each detailed Intervention Guide or download just the 8 infographic posters together in one document.

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1. Who Drinks Alcohol During Pregnancy?

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2. “It Is Safest Not To Drink During Pregnancy.” What Does This Mean?

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3. Alcohol, Contraception and Preconception

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4. Treatment and Care for Pregnant Women who use Alcohol and/or Other Drugs

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5. Pregnancy, Alcohol, and Trauma-informed Practice

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6. Alcohol, Pregnancy and Partner Support

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7. Girls, Alcohol and Pregnancy

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8. Young Women, Alcohol and Pregnancy

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Trauma-Informed Practice Resource List

Selection of trauma-informed treatment-related resources and curricula. Some focus solely on trauma-informed practices; others incorporate elements of both trauma-informed and trauma-specific approaches.

One of 3 resource lists on trauma, gender, and substance use made possible by funding from Health Canada. Revised May 2019.

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Gender Transformative Resource List

TIGI Gender Transformative resource imageOverview of gender transformative resources compiled in 2016.

One of 3 resource lists focusing on gender, trauma and substance use. Made possible by funding from Health Canada.

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“I love it because you could just be yourself” – A Study of Girls’ Perspectives on Girls’ Groups and Healthy Living

girls-group_final-report-2012The British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health partnered with the Girls Action Foundation, and researchers from the Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, the Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence, York University and the University of Montreal on a study of Girls’ Perspectives on Girls’ Groups and Healthy Living.

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How Girls’ Groups Can Promote Health

Promising Practices for Girls' GroupsThis resource was developed by the BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health and the Girls Action Foundation following a research project on the ways girls’ groups can support and promote healthy living.

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Women and Cannabis

This resource was developed through the support of the Education and Training Council, Alberta FASD Cross Ministry Committee and reviewed by experts from the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and the Canada FASD Research Network. It was updated September 2017 with new research and uses the scientific name, cannabis, rather than the common name, marijuana.

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Women and Prescription Opioids

This resource was developed through the support of the Education and 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 September 2017

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Substance Use 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.

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Women and Tobacco

This resource was developed through the support of the Education and 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 September 2017 .

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Women and Alcohol

This 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 September 2017

 

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Gender Informed Approaches to Substance Use Resource List

TIGI SubUse pictureAn overview of gender-informed resources in the substance use field.

This is one of 3 resource lists focusing on gender, trauma and substance use, and has been made possible by a financial contribution from Health Canada.

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Women, Girls and Prescription Medication – Report

CrismCoverThis 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 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) under the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CRISM).

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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

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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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Women and Prescription Pain Medications Infographic

This resource was developed as part of a project funded by the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse.
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Harm Reduction and Pregnancy: Community-based Approaches 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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A Continuum of Approaches to Action on Gender and Health

A one-page illustration of different approaches to integrating gender in health promotion and their relationship to gender equity. View PDF

Framework for Gender Transformative Health Promotion

A one-page illustration of how health promotion can contribute to gender transformation to enhance both health and gender equity. View PDF

Planning Tool for Creating Gender Transformative Health Promotion Interventions

This planning tool helps health promotion practitioners identify the known or potential sex, gender, diversity and equity effects of a program, policy or research project. View PDF 

Gender Equity and Health Promotion Information Sheets

These two-page information sheets provide suggestions on applying principles of gender transformative health promotion to practice.

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Integrating Gender into Health Promotion – Workshop Exercises

These training tools apply the gender integration continuum to example areas in the health promotion field. Program examples are provided so that small groups can practice identifying elements according to the gender integration continuum.

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Approaches to Integrating Gender into Health Promotion

This 30-minute presentation draws upon gender integration work by the World Health Organization and other international organizations. It introduces the concepts of “gender unequal,” “gender blind,” “gender sensitive,” “gender specific,” and “gender transformative” to help health promotion practitioners assess their current level of gender integration. View PDF

Gender Transformative Health Promotion: An Introduction

This 30-minute presentation examines the links between gender equity and health promotion and introduces a Framework for Gender Transformative Health Promotion. View PDF

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

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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

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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 Canada 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

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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

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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

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

This guide is a companion resource to the www.fasd-evaluation.ca 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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Mapping Evaluation of FASD Programs

These maps are intended to help program staff, planners and funders to more easily identify the aspects of programs that contribute to positive client and community outcomes and the range of outcomes that can result from or be associated with certain approaches and program activities. They also give us a common framework for thinking about how to conduct evaluations across programs or across communities.

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Deborah Rutman, Carol Hubbertstey, Nancy Poole, Sharon Hume and Marilyn Van Bibber, 2012.

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Mapping Evaluation of FASD Prevention Programs

Deborah Rutman, Carol Hubbertstey, Nancy Poole, Sharon Hume and Marilyn Van Bibber, 2012.

 

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Marilyn Van Bibber, Sharon Hume, Carol Hubbertstey, Deborah Rutman and Nancy Poole, 2012.

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Evaluation of FASD Prevention and FASD Support Programs Using Program Philosophy as a Foundation for Evaluation

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

This guide is a companion resource to the fasd-evaluation.ca website. The website includes evaluation frameworks, methods, tools, and indicators of success to support the work of community-based FASD prevention programs for women who are pregnant and parenting, supportive intervention programs for adults and older youth with FASD, and FASD programs in Aboriginal communities. The guide provides an introduction to the program philosophies and theoretical frameworks discussed on the website. It also includes discussion questions for groups beginning or renewing evaluation and suggestions on how to make use of the variety of resources available on-line.

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10 fundamental Components of FASD Prevention from a Women’s Health Determinants Perspective

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Preventing FASD Through Providing Addictions Treatment and Related Support for First Nations and Inuit Women in Canada

Preventing FASD First Nations Inuit cvrThis information sheet summarizes the findings of an exploratory study undertaken in 2008 by researchers at the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, with participation of treatment providers and health system planners responsible for programming serving First Nations and Inuit women from across Canada.

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Rethinking Women and Healthy Living in Canada

Rethinking Women and Healthy Living in CanadaBCCEWH, Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence, and Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health Editors: A. Pederson, M.J. Haworth-Brockman, B. Clow, H. Isfeld and A. Liwander, 2013

The BCCEWH, the Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health and the Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence have released a new women’s health resource entitled Rethinking Women and Healthy Living in Canada. The report, funded by Health Canada, is intended to generate an understanding of women and healthy living and to contribute to the development of evidence-informed responses to addressing challenges related to healthy living for women in Canada.

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Tools for Facilitators of Girls’ Empowerment Groups

These info sheets have been developed by researchers at the British Columbia Centre for Excellence for Women’s Health (BCCEWH), in collaboration with Girls Action Foundation. They are intended to support the work of facilitators of girls’ empowerment groups.

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(In collaboration with the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS))

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Women and Tobacco: A Casebook

WomenandTobaccoCasebook -coverThis casebook is intended for a range of audiences and can be used in a number of ways. Health and social service providers looking for ways to expand their practices or to gain a stronger understanding of women and tobacco issues will find an introduction to better and promising practices for working with women. Program planners and community organizations will find resources and ideas for addressing the impact of tobacco on girls and women in their individual contexts. Students, researchers, decision makers, and policy makers new to the field of tobacco or who are interested in learning more about applying a gender analysis to tobacco control will find a range of practical examples.
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Trauma Informed Practice Guide

Trauma Informed Practice Guide cvrEmily Arthur, Amanda Seymour, Michelle Dartnall, Paula Beltgens, Nancy Poole, Diane Smylie, Naomi North, and Rose Schmidt. Initial draft authors: Cristine Urquhart and Fran Jasiura of Change Talk Associates. British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health; BC Ministry of Health, Mental Health and Substance Use Branch; and Vancouver Island Health Authority, Youth and Family Substance Use Services, 2013

The Trauma-Informed Practice (TIP) Guide was developed collaboratively to support the application of trauma-informed principles into practice and policy, by clinics, agencies and groups assisting clients with mental health and substance use concerns in British                                             Columbia. View PDF

Liberation! Helping Women Quit Smoking: A Brief Tobacco-Intervention Guide

Cristine Urquhart, Frances Jasiura, Nancy Poole, Tasnim Nathoo and Lorraine Greaves
British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2012

This guide offers support to service providers in diverse contexts (e.g. within transition houses, community mental health teams, or primary health care) to start a conversation with women about their smoking and the possibility of quitting.

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Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Women Who Use Substances: What Communities are Doing to Help

Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Women Who Use SubstancesCanada FASD Research Network’s Action Team on Prevention from A Women’s Health Determinants Perspective, 2012

In this document, we profile the development of single-access programs in four different communities and talk about why this type of program works.

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Careful measures: An exploration of the sex and gender dimensions of a deprivation index

Careful MeasuresEditors: M.J. Haworth-Brockman, H. Isfeld, A. Pederson, B. Clow, A. Liwander and B.A. Kinniburgh
British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2011

This project explored the opportunities for and the limitations of one deprivation index to represent the different experiences of men and of women in Canada by conducting SGBA of the indicators included in the index and calculating the index by sex using Statistics Canada’s Census data for Vancouver, Winnipeg and Halifax. Our purpose was to examine the gendered dimensions of the indicators included in the index and the potential implications of its application by sex for addressing health disparities.

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Expecting to Quit: A Best-Practices Review of Smoking Cessation Interventions for Pregnant and Postpartum Girls and Women

Expecting to Quit 2nd edition 1Lorraine Greaves, Nancy Poole, Chizimuzo T.C. Okoli, Natalie Hemsing, Annie Qu, Lauren Bialystok and Renée O’Leary; British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2011

This revised edition reviews research and intervention development in the years since the first edition was published in 2003. It reflects recent emerging interventions and better practices with a variety of groups of pregnant and postpartum women, with an added section on high-risk populations of pregnant smokers.

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Physical Activity for Marginalized Women in British Columbia: A Discussion Paper

Physical Activity for Marginalized Women Discussion Paper cvrPamela Ponic, Rehana Nanjijuma, Ann Pederson, Nancy Poole and Jenny Scott
BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health & ProMOTION Plus, 2011

BC Centre of Excellence in Women’s Health and ProMOTION Plus have conducted an environmental scan on Physical Activity for Marginalized Women in BC. Our aim in the scan was to learn more about the current context for and activities being facilitated to promote physical activity for marginalized women at provincial and local levels in BC.

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Le renoncement au tabac et la grossesse: Un examen des pratiques exemplaires de renoncement au tabac conçues pour les filles et les femmes pendant la grossesse et la période postnatale

ETQ 2nd edition_French coverLorraine Greaves, Nancy Poole, Chizimuzo T.C. Okoli, Natalie Hemsing, Annie Qu, Lauren Bialystok et Renée O’Leary; British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2011

Ce rapport examine les interventions conçues pour réduire ou éliminer le tabagisme durant la grossesse. Pour ce qui est des recherches sur les interventions ayant été publiées avant 2003, la méthodologie des « pratiques exemplaires » établie par Moyer, Cameron, Garcia et Maule (2002, p. 124) a été retenue. Pour celles qui ont été publiées après 2003, la méthodologie de l’examen systématique élaborée par le National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) (2006) du Royaume-Uni a été utilisée.

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Research Summary: Integrating Tobacco Cessation Interventions Into Mental Health, Substance Use and Anti-Violence Services

Research Summary-Integrating Tobacco Cessation Interventions Into Mental Health, Substance Use and Anti-Violence Services British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2011

Between April 2010 and March 2011, researchers at the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, in collaboration with community partners, conducted a study on the feasibility of integrating tobacco treatment and support within mental health, addictions and sexual violence services, in a gender informed way.

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Gendering the National Framework Series (Vol.2): Girl-Centred Approaches to Prevention, Harm Reduction, and Treatment

Gendering Nat Framework Girl Centred cvrBritish Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health (BCCEWH) in partnership with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) and the Universities of Saskatchewan and South Australia, 2010

This discussion guide explores four topics related to young women’s substance use: 1) patterns and trends in young women’s use, 2) sex differences in the health consequences of use, 3) gendered influences on substance use, and 4) examples of gender-informed and gender-specific programming.

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Gendering the National Framework Series (Vol.3): Mothering and Substance Use: Approaches to Prevention, Harm Reduction, and Treatment

Gendering Nat Framework Mothering and Substance Use cvrBritish Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health (BCCEWH) in partnership with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) and the Universities of Saskatchewan and South Australia, 2010

This discussion guide explores four topics related to mothers and pregnant women with substance use problems: 1) stigma and public discourse, 2) barriers to treatment, 3) a guiding framework for practice, and 4) examples of Canadian mother-centred programming.

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Gendering the National Framework Series (Vol.1): Trauma-informed Approaches in Addictions Treatment

Gendering Nat Framework Trauma Informed Cvr British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health (BCCEWH) in partnership with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) and the Universities of Saskatchewan and South Australia, 2010

This discussion guide explores coexisting trauma, mental health and substance use problems experienced by girls and women as well as trauma-informed and trauma-specific approaches. It provides: 1) background to the issues, 2) core approaches to providing multi-level support, 3) examples of Canadian promising practices in action.

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Gendering the National Framework Series (Vol.4): Women-Centred Harm Reduction

Gendering Na tFramework Women centred Harm Reduction CvrBritish Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health (BCCEWH) in partnership with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) and the Universities of Saskatchewan and South Australia, 2010

This discussion guide explores bringing a gender-based analysis to harm reduction strategies. It 1) introduce some of the intersecting components of harm reduction and health determinants, such as violence and trauma and pregnancy and mothering, 2) highlights the key ways that these elements interact to influence women’s substance use experiences, 3) provides examples of Canadian women-centred harm reduction programs.

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Gendering the Health Determinants Framework: Why Girls’ and Women’s Health Matters

Gendering the Health Determinants Framework-Why Girls' and Women's Health MattersCecilia Benoit and Leah Shumka
Editors: Jacqueline Larson and Ann Pederson, 2009

This primer aims to clarify the concepts in the health determinants framework and to examine its usefulness in understanding the health of a unique population group — girls and women — who face disadvantage due to structural inequities that limit their access to, and control over, material and symbolic resources, and over their bodies and lives.

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Hearing the Perspectives of Aboriginal Girls on Smoking

Hearing Perspectives Aboriginal Girls Smoking cvr British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2009

In partnership with six Aboriginal communities in BC we recently conducted a qualitative study on smoking by Aboriginal adolescent girls. Findings shed light on how age, gender, culture and context intersect to shape Aboriginal girls’ experiences of smoking.

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Intersectionality: Moving Women’s Health Research and Policy Forward

Intersectionality-Moving Women's Health Research and Policy Forward Olena Hankivsky and Renée Cormier with Diego de Merich, 2009

The purpose of this primer is to explore the following question: How can health researchers, policy analysts, program and service managers, decision makers, and academics effectively apply an intersectional perspective to their day-to-day work? While it is important to highlight that an intersectional framework can be applied to all populations this primer specifically focuses on its applicability in the context of women’s health.

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“Me, I’m Living it”: The Primary Health Care Experiences of Women who use Drugs in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

Me Im Living it cvrThe VANDU Women CARE Team, 2009

This report is a summary of the most relevant findings of this community-driven research project for health care providers treating women who use drugs in the DTES.

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Our Common Ground: Cultivating Women’s Health Through Community Based Research

Our Common Ground-Cultivating Women's Health Through Community Based Research Colleen Reid, Elana Brief and Robin LeDrew, 2009

Our Common Ground provides an overview of the scope of the CBR process as it relates to research focused on girls’ and women’s health, and gender and health related issues.

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Rising to the Challenge: Sex-and gender-based analysis for health planning, policy and research in Canada

Rising to the Challenge cvrBarbara Clow, Ann Pederson, Margaret Haworth-Brockman, and Jennifer Bernier, 2009

This book describes the process of sex- and gender-based analysis (SGBA) and offers a collection of case studies and commentaries that illustrate SGBA in action.

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Se montrer à la hauteur du défi: l’analyse des influences du genre et du sexe en planification, en élaboration de politiques et en recherche dans le domaine de la santé au Canada

RisingToTheChallenge-FRENCH cvr1 Barbara Clow, Ann Pederson, Margaret Haworth-Brockman, and Jennifer Bernier, 2010

Le présent livre est inspiré d’un guide sur le genre et la planification des services de santé qui a été publié par le Centre d’excellence pour la santé des femmes — région des Prairies, en 2003. Ce guide, qui était destiné aux spécialistes de la planification sanitaire des offices régionaux de la santé du Manitoba, est devenu un « succès d’édition » auprès de divers spécialistes de la planification et gestionnaires des soins de santé intéressés à comprendre comment appliquer l’analyse des influences du genre et du sexe (AIGS) dans leur travail.

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Taking a Second Look: Analyzing Health Inequities in British Columbia with a Sex, Gender, and Diversity Lens

Taking a Second Look cvr British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health Steve Chasey, Ann Pederson, Putu Duff, 2009

This report examines a number of reported health inequities in British Columbia using sex- and gender-based analysis. It details how understanding the social context behind health inequities, which is strongly affected by issues of sex, gender, and diversity, can have powerful implications for how different populations experience and are marginalized by health inequities.

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When Researchers Come Calling: A Guide for Organisations that Work with Women

When Researchers Come Calling cvr The BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, the Women’s Health Research Institute, the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria, 2009

This guide is intended to help women-serving organizations make their own informed decisions about whether, and how, they might want to work with researchers in ways that are mutually beneficial.

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You and Your Health: A Woman’s Guide

You and Your Health A Woman's Health GuideBC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2009

A guide to help women understand their health and what they can do to be healthier.

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Your Rights in Research: A Guide for Women

YourRightsinResearch The BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, the Women’s Health Research Institute, the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria, 2009

This leaflet is for women who are past or current drug users and are thinking about taking part in a research study.

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Couples and Smoking: What You Need to Know When You are Pregnant

Couples and Smoking - coverThis is a self-help booklet for pregnant women who smoke. In this booklet you will learn how routines, habits, and ways of interacting with your partner influence smoking. Understanding how smoking is influenced by others and everyday routines is an important first step in changing smoking behaviours.

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Double Exposure: A Better Practices Review on Alcohol Interventions During Pregnancy

Double Exposure for WebPrepared by Tessa Parkes, Nancy Poole, Amy Salmon, Lorraine Greaves, and Cristine Urquhart, 2008.

This report is a review of evidence from peer-reviewed literature on the topic of interventions aimed at supporting women to reduce their use of alcohol in the childbearing years. The phrase, “Double Exposure” in the title reflects our concern with the effects of alcohol on both the woman and the fetus and underlines the importance of addressing women’s health and women’s circumstances during pregnancy to optimize health.                                                            View PDF

Further Advancing the Health of Girls and Women: Report on the Women’s Health Strategy for British Columbia 2004-2008

Further Advancing the Health of Women and Girls cvr British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre, 2008

In 2004, a provincial women’s health strategy was realeased. Advancing the Health of Girls and Women: A Women’s Health Strategy for British Columbia provided a coordi¬nated blueprint for future change and helped define a province-wide perspective on women’s health. This report continues that legacy by analyzing the its contribution to activities aimed at advancing the health of girls and women in British Columbia in the past four years.

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No Gift: Tobacco Policy and Aboriginal People in Canada

No Gift cvr Debbie Pearce, Deborah Schwartz and Lorraine Greaves, 2008

This discussion paper examines issues related to tobacco control policy, taxation, and legislation as they affect Aboriginal women and men in British Columbia, and identifies potentially differential impacts when gender differences are taken into account. Gender was used as a lens to examine three issues critical to nature of women’s work.

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IMPART Fact Sheets

Youth, Gender & Substance Use

Young people are more likely than adults to engage in substance use, use substances in hazardous ways, and experience harm as a result of their use. Girls, boys and young people who indentify as transgender or do not wish to be assigned a gender all face unique challenges when it comes to substance use, and effective research,prevention and treatment initiatives for youth need to consider both sex and gender related factors. Download document

 


Transdisciplinarity and Addiction

Addiction is a complex health problem that involves factors spanning the social and the biological. While many lenses, disciplines and sectors are applied to research and treatment of addiction, rarely do these diverse perspectives combine to create shared approaches to research and treatment.

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Sex Related Factors in Substance Use & Addiction

Sex related factors are observed in almost every aspect of addiction, yet most existing biological research employs generic approaches, using males as the norm. Increased inclusion of both male and female research subjects is reducing this disparity, and accumulating evidence reinforces the need for the inclusion of sex (and gender) in research.

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Gender, Trauma & Substance Use

Many people with substance use problems or addictions have experienced trauma.
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Gender-Informed Prevention & Harm Reduction for Substance Use

Effective prevention strategies must respond to the diverse and often intersecting needs of people who are at risk for problematic substance use, such as mental health concerns, poverty, and experiences of trauma and violence.
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Bringing Gender into Substance Use & Addiction

Gender-based factors contribute to the pathways leading to, the physical and social consequences of, and the preferred types of treatment for substance use.

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Paradoxes and Contradictions in Health Policy Reform: Implications for First Nations Women

Paradoxe and Contradictions in Health Policy Reform
Jo-Anne Fiske and Annette J.Browne, 2008

This report constitutes the second of two phases of research conducted in collaboration with a First Nation community in north central British Columbia. The research considers health care policy within the context of government-sponsored policy “reform” consultations with citizens and within everyday encounters in health services where policy is implemented.

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Better Science with Sex and Gender: A Primer for Health Research

Better Science with Sex and Gender Joy Johnson, Lorraine Greaves and Robin Repta, 2007

This primer is intended to help researchers understand how sex and gender contribute to health and to suggest ways to incorporate this understanding into their research practices. Incorporating sex and gender into health research contributes to better science and to improving the lives of women and men, boys and girls.

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Pasando pagina: Mujeres, tabaco, y el futuro

Turning a new leaf-spanishLorraine Greaves, Natasha Jategaonkar and Sara Sanchez, 2006

El presente informe, Pasando página: Mujeres, tabaco y el futuro, facilita una perspectiva muy necesaria del consumo de tabaco entre mujeres de distintos contextos sociales, identifica los efectos para la salud que tiene el tabaco y describe el papel de la mujer en su producción y comercialización. También proporciona una directriz para evaluar y afrontar las cuestiones de género del control del tabaquismo en las políticas, programas e investigaciones y reducir los devastadores efectos que tiene el tabaco sobre las mujeres.

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Pour tourner la page: les femmes, le tabac et l’avenir

Tourner la pageLorraine Greaves, Natasha Jategaonkar and Sara Sanchez, 2006

Le présent rapport, Pour tourner la page – Les femmes, le tabac et l’avenir, brosse un portrait de l’utilisation du tabac par les femmes dans différents contextes sociaux, détermine les effets du tabac sur la santé et décrit le rôle des femmes dans la production et la mise en marché du tabac. En outre, il trace des lignes directrices pour évaluer et résoudre les questions spécifiques au sexe liées à la lutte contre le tabagisme dans les politiques, les programmes et la recherche.

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