EA and Teachers Convention

The NW FASD Network Staff were excited to attend the Educational Assistants and Teachers Convention in Grande Prairie last week. We shared two new presentations; “Under the Umbrella FASD” and “Youth, Alcohol and FASD”. There were 65 attendees that heard the message and were provided with information. This is the 5th year that we have had the privilege of presenting at this conference.

Building the right mobile app for caregivers of children with FASD

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fea-Tapparello-PetrenkoMt. Hope Family Center research associate Christie Petrenko, left, and electrical and computer engineering research associate Cristiano Tapparello have won a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to support their work to develop a mobile app to provide health information for self-directed and peer-to-peer interventions for parents and caregivers of children with fetal alcohol syndrome disorder. (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)

After years of working with patients and researching fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), Christie Petrenko, a research associate at the University’s Mt. Hope Family Center, knew a mobile app might be just the tool she was missing in order to help families and caregivers of children with FASD. She wasn’t sure who might have the right technical expertise but knew fellow psychology researchers had forged connections with colleagues at the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Soon, she was introduced…

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Indigenous Approaches to FASD Prevention – A response to TRC Call-to-Action #33

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Five new booklets on Indigenous Approaches to FASD Prevention have just been published. They were developed  following the Dialogue to Action on Prevention of FASD meeting in May 2017, and reflect the 8 tenets of the Consensus Statement created by participants for enacting the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Call-to-Action #33:

“We call upon the federal, provincial, and territorial governments to recognize as a high priority the need to address and prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), and to develop, in collaboration with Aboriginal people, FASD preventive programs that can be delivered in a culturally appropriate manner.” – Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

The booklets were written by Tasnim Nathoo and Nancy Poole of the Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health in collaboration with the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, and Canada FASD Research Network. Topics include: Brief Interventions with Girls and Women,

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