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Prevention From a Women’s Health Determinants Perspective

Who we are

Since 2006, we have been building a national network of researchers, service providers, policy advisors, and community partners who are working on FASD prevention. Our team has over 50 active members from across the country. We involve a broad spectrum of organizations and institutions, from all across Canada, ranging from the BC Association of Pregnancy Outreach Programs, to the Centre for Northern Families in Yellowknife, to Healthy Child Manitoba, to the IWK Health Centre in Halifax.

What we do

The prevention team links researchers, service providers, and policy advisors across Canada to build upon the current knowledge base of FASD prevention and bring it into health promotion, prevention, treatment harm reduction, and policy development as well as further research. We focus on the women’s alcohol use and women’s health overall, in the prevention of FASD. Understanding and acting on the facts that increase, or reduce, women’s risks for developing substance use problems and having a child with FASD requires collaborative action among women, service providers, decision makers, researchers and communities.

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About our Research

About the Prevention Team

About our Initiatives

Our resources

As well as academic publications, national action team members prepare resources to guide improvements in practice and policy, to support the prevention of FASD. Here are some examples:

Consensus Statement on 10 Fundamental Components of FASD Prevention from a Women’s Health Determinants Perspective 

Evaluation of FASD Mentoring Programs

FASD Prevention – An Annotated Bibliography, articles published in 2015

Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) - A multi-level model

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

Taking a Relational Approach: The Importance of Supportive and Timely Connections

What Men Can Do to Help

Recent journal articles by Prevention Team members

  • Poole, N., Chansonneuve, D., & Hache, A. (2014). Improving substance use treatment for First Nations and Inuit women: Recommendations arising from a virtual inquiry project. First Peoples Child & Family Review. 8(2), 7-23.
  • Thomas, G., Gonneau, G., Poole, N., & Cook, J. (2014). The effectiveness of alcohol warning labels for reducing drinking in pregnancy: A brief review International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research (IJADR), Second Special Issue on FASD, 3(1), 91-103. doi:
  • Rutman, D., Poole, N., Hume, S., Hubberstey, C., & Van Bibber, M. (2014 ). Building a framework for evaluation of FASD prevention and support programs: A collaborative Canadian project. The International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research (IJADR), Second Special Issue on FASD, 3(1), 71-80. doi:
  • more to be added soon!


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