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dorothy-awardDorothy Badry was honoured by the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities for Alberta on December 2nd. Dorothy has been a long-time advocate, researcher and educator on the impact of FASD (and a dedicated member of the Prevention Network Action Team). Her work has contributed to FASD being recognized as a disability. For families and individuals affected by FASD, that recognition has made a huge difference.

In a University of Calgary article written about her, she describes FASD as an health “outcome” – a key shift from early stigmatizing assessments. This allows for a relational approach that includes women, children, families, and communities and for inclusive and multi-level prevention/intervention strategies.

An original member of the Canada FASD Research Network, we have benefited from Dorothy’s active participation and counsel. She has been featured in some of our previous blogs for her work at with University of Calgary, Alberta province, and several FASD-related programs. We are happy to feature her once again for this well-deserved honour. Congratulations, Dorothy Badry.

For related blogs, see previous postings:

“Developing Services for Canadians Living with FASD” interview with Dorothy Badry on Family Caregivers Unite! January 5, 2015

Alberta’s PCAP Women’s Quilt: “Creating a bond . . . Building a relationship” April 22, 2016

The work of the Network Action Team on FASD Prevention from a Women’s Health Determinants Perspective (CanFASD Research Network) April 11, 2016

Webinar: “Caregiving, FASD, and Alcohol: Caring about FASD Prevention” – September 9, 2015 August 25, 2015

First Peoples Child & Family Review journal: Special Issue on FASD December 9,

Case Management to Prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder September 20, 2013

Women’s health and FASD prevention in a special issue of the International Journal of Circumpolar Health August 6, 2013

Brightening Our Home Fires: An FASD Prevention and Women’s Health Project in Canada’s Northwest Territories May 6, 2013

The 5th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Special Session on FASD Prevention January 14, 2013

Look for us at the 5th National Biennial Conference on Adolescents and Adults with FASD (April 18-21, 2012) April 9, 2012

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Because FASD prevention initiatives often focus on alcohol and pregnancy, people often have questions about how men can get involved.

Researchers and service providers who are part of the Canada FASD Research Network have created a two-page information sheet with some suggestions for men who want to make a difference.

For more on men and FASD prevention, see earlier posts:

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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The 5th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is being held February 27 – March 2, 2013 in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

If you’re attending the conference, you might be interested in a new evening session that has just been announced.

Shining a Light on Canada’s Multi-layered Approach on FASD Prevention

Thursday, February 28 (5:30 – 8:30pm at The Westin Bayshore)

FASD prevention involves much more than providing information about the risks of alcohol use in pregnancy. Over the past two decades, Canada has developed a multi-layered approach to FASD prevention. This session will use current examples of FASD-related policies, programs, and initiatives from across Canada.

After providing an overview of the different levels of FASD prevention, the session will highlight the perspectives and work of individuals working in a range of contexts, including government, university and community-based research, program development and service provision, community advocacy, municipal and provincial alcohol policy development.

The session will include highlights from individuals working across Canada, opportunities for networking and dialogue, and group exercises to stimulate reflection and integration of key ideas and principles. Learn more about registering for the session here.

As well, members of the Canada FASD Research Network will be presenting on prevention-related work throughout the conference.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

1:30pm

Session A2

Who Drinks Alcohol during Pregnancy? How Results from a Universal Screening Program can Inform Policy and Practice (Ana Hanlon-Dearman and Holly Gammon)

Patterns of Alcohol Use Among Women of Childbearing Years in Canada: Implications for FASD Prevention (Gerald Thomas and Nancy Poole)

Session A4

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Among Women Who Have FASD (Therese M Grant, Dan Dubovsky, Nancy L Whitney)

Thursday, February 28, 2013

10:10am

Session C6

Evaluating Community-based FASD Prevention and FASD Support Programs Phase Two: Promising Approaches, Frameworks and Resources (Deborah Rutman, Nancy Poole, Carol Hubberstey, Sharon Hume, Marilyn van Bibber)

Friday, March 1, 2013

1:30pm

Session E2

The Politics of Alcohol and Pregnancy Campaigns (Nancy Poole and Tasnim Nathoo)

Session E5

Brightening Our Home Fires: The Application of Photovoice as a Means of Community Engagement in FASD Prevention (Dorothy E Badry, Arlene Hache, Amy Salmon, Aileen Wight Felske)

3:30pm

Session F4 (A4 repeated)

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Among Women Who Have FASD (Therese M Grant, Dan Dubovsky, Nancy L Whitney)

Webcasts and presentations from the 4th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder are available on-line. You can also take a look at earlier posts:

Overview: Four Levels of FASD Prevention

Information Sheet: What Men Can Do To Prevent FASD

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