NAT activities 2012-2013

The Canada FASD Research Network (CanFASD) is Canada’s first comprehensive national FASD research network and has been in operation since 2005. Members of CanFASD are currently leading over 25 major projects related to FASD prevention, intervention and diagnostics.

You can take a look at the 2012-2013 CanFASD annual report here, but I thought the word cloud above was a good summary of some of the activities that the Network Action Team (NAT) on FASD Prevention from a Women’s Health Determinants Perspective has been involved with over the past year.

The Prevention Network Action Team includes over 65 members from across Canada who meet monthly via webmeetings to share information on individual work and to plan collaborations on research projects, practice improvements,  policy advocacy and knowledge exchange.

This year, the group has been involved in leading eight research projects and collaborating on a number of others. Key topics include:

  • Investigation of patterns and trends of alcohol consumption by women of child bearing years
  • Alcohol warning labels as a strategy for FASD prevention
  • Community perspectives on FASD prevention in Dene and Inuit communities in NWT
  • Indigenous culture as an intervention for people with substance use problems
  • Building an evaluation framework for community-based FASD programs
  • Responding to the mental health needs of northern women with housing and related health concerns
  • Community perspectives on interventions to support pregnant and parenting women facing substance use and related challenges in Victoria, BC
  • Approaches to the support of women and neonates in neonatal intensive care units

Other activities have included maintaining a blog on FASD prevention (which you’re reading right now!) and a resource called Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Women Who use Substances: What Communities are Doing to Help. In this resource, members from four programs for women at high risk of having a child affected by FASD in Edmonton, Surrey, Victoria, and Winnipeg shared ideas about how communities can effectively respond to women’s needs and develop holistic and integrated services.

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