The Power of Networking — Highlights of the work of the Network Action Team on FASD Prevention from a Women’s Health Determinants Perspective

Media Releases
June 1, 2017: New Consensus on FASD Strategies: English | français Attached consensus statement: English | français

Academic articles


Are Rural and Urban Ontario Health Care Professionals Aware of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder? A Secondary Data Analysis of the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Survey for Health Professionals. Journal of Developmental Disabilities. Kelly D Coons, Alexandra L Clement, Shelley L Watson (2017).

Health Care Students’ Attitudes About Alcohol Consumption During Pregnancy: Responses to Narrative Vignettes. Global Qualitative Nursing Research. Kelly D. Coons, Shelley L. Watson, Nicole M. Yantzi, Nancy E. Lightfoot, Sylvie Larocque (2017).  DOI: 10.1177/2333393617740463

Preconception health care interventions: A scoping review. Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, 14C, 24-32. Hemsing, N., Greaves, L., & Poole, N. (2017).  doi:10.1016/j.srhc.2017.08.004

“No Alcohol Is Recommended, But . . .”: Health Care Students’ Attitudes About Alcohol Consumption During Pregnancy. Global Qualitative Nursing Research. Kelly D. Coons, Shelley L. Watson, Nicole M. Yantzi, Nancy E. Lightfoot, Sylvie Larocque (2017).  doi:10.1177/2333393617707663


Poole, N., Schmidt, R., Green, C., & Hemsing, N. (2016). Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Current Canadian efforts and analysis of gaps. Substance Abuse Research and Treatment, 10(S1). doi:10.4137/SART.S34545. eCollection 2016

Rutman, D. (2016) Becoming FASD-Informed: Strengthening practice and programming working with women with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment 10(S1 ) Pei, J., Tremblay, M., McNeil, A., Poole, N., McFarlane, A. (2016). Neuropsychological Aspects of Prevention and Intervention for FASD in Canada. Journal of Pediatric Neuropsychology. doi:10.1007/s40817-016-0020-1


Hubberstey, C., Rutman, D., Poole, N., Hume, S., & Van Bibber, M. (2015). Toward an evaluation framework for community-based FASD prevention programs. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation. 30(1), 79-89

Marcellus, L., MacKinnon, K., Benoit, C., Phillips, R., Stengel, C. (2015). Reenvisioning Success for Programs Supporting Pregnant Women With Problematic Substance use. Qualitative Health Research, 25(4), 500-512

Robertson-Boersma, D., Butt, P., Dell, C. (2015). Reflections on how a university binge drinking prevention Initiative supports alcohol screening, brief intervention, and referral for student alcohol use. Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine 88(3): 339-346

Resources and Guidelines

As well as academic publications, NAT members and others across Canada prepare resources to guide improvements in practice and policy, to support the prevention of FASD. Here are some examples:

Indigenous Approaches to FASD – These 5 booklets highlight how FASD prevention is understood and practiced in Indigenous traditional culture, recognize the historical, social, political, economic and cultural dimensions of alcohol use during pregnancy, and promote Indigenous women’s health and wellness overall. The series is a collaboration of The Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, and the Canada FASD Research Network.

Environmental Scan of Prenatal Services for Marginalized Women in Alberta: Specialized Services — The Marginalized Women Working Group was formed by the Maternal Newborn Child and Youth Strategic Clinical Network to examine the availability and access to prenatal care services for marginalized women in Alberta. This environmental scan has been conducted to determine what prenatal services currently exist for marginalized women in Alberta and identify any gaps or opportunities that may be present.

Reframing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Studying Culture to Identify Communication Challenges and Opportunities — Implicit cultural understandings challenge those working to increase public awareness and support for programs to prevent and address FASD. Understanding these cultural beliefs reveals key challenges that communicators face; it also helps identify opportunities to foster public engagement and build support for policies and programs that are important for reducing the prevalence of FASD as a public health issue. Through a series of interviews with members of the public in Manitoba, Canada, the cultural models that members of the Manitoban public draw on to make sense of this issue are identified.

Family-Centred Maternity and Newborn Care: National Guidelines — The Family-Centred Maternity and Newborn Care: National Guidelines is a resource on maternal and newborn health. It includes the latest information and advice from Canadian experts.

Understanding mothers experiencing homelessness: A gendered approach to finding solutions for family homelessness– This report on mothers and children experiencing homelessness in Alberta was developed by the Canadian Observatory on Homeless.

FASD Awareness Day infographic—What we know about pregnancy and alcohol, and what women have found helpful when making decisions to stop drinking in pregnancy.

Breastfeeding and FASD

Harm Reduction and Pregnancy: Community-based Approaches to Prenatal Substance Use in Western Canada

What Men Can Do to Help

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

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

Evaluation of FASD Mentoring Programs

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


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