CanFASD Webinar: Early Life Adversity and FASD

Register now for our newest webinar on Tuesday September 28th, 2021 at 3:00 pm eastern time. The webinar, Early Life Adversity and FASD: Risks and Opportunities will discuss the growing research interest on the topic of adverse life experiences of people with prenatal alcohol exposure and FASD. The webinar will follow a panel discussion hosted by Ana Andrade from the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute with CanFASD co-presenters, Dr. Katherine Flannigan and Dr. Jacquie Pei.  

After the webinar, attendees should be able to: 

  • Provide an overview of adversity in FASD and associated vulnerabilities; 
  • Share findings of a recent study conducted on the area; 
  • Discuss how the environment can be a risk factor and an opportunity for growth for people with FASD.  

Be sure to register now to attend!  

Today is International FASD Awareness Day

The Network staff, along with partner agencies, will be down at Muskoseepi hosting our walk! If you can’t make it down there we still encourage you to take a moment out of your day and go for a walk wherever you are. We have created placards that are going to be on display along the route. For those of you not joining us at the park here are the information placards you would have seen.

**For those joining us at the park please remember Covid protocols and social distance**

Lakeland Centre for FASD Conference

Let’s Continue the Conversation, FASD and the Justice System, Working Towards Better Outcomes

About this event

Conference dates:

October 5, 2021 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM

October 6, 2021 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM

The Lakeland Centre for FASD will be hosting its second annual virtual FASD Conference. This conference will be a 2-day virtual event for October 5 & 6, 2021. The FASD Conference Committee has chosen to continue with the theme of Justice which will be our focus again this year. This multi-disciplinary conference will focus on how people with FASD interact with the justice system and what some of the solutions are to build our collective knowledge. This event will connect new research and innovative practices to community and frontline services. This will include meaningful discussion on the latest practices, research and ideas over the course of two days. Participants can expect to increase their knowledge on how individuals with FASD become engaged in the justice system. Learn about best and promising practices in reducing the number of individuals with FASD from being involved in the justice system. Increase understanding and awareness of the impact of FASD on the lives of individuals and caregivers. Attendees will be able to network and share information with participants from many disciplines and backgrounds. This conference is for professionals and stakeholders that are part of the Health, Social Service, Justice, Research and Government Agencies.

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International FASD Awareness Month

The NW Peace FASD Network has multiple events happening this month!

On Thursday September 9th join us for a walk in Muskoseepi park in Grande Prairie. If you are unable to join us in the park please walk from home or wherever you are.

We also are hosting a number of lived experience presentations via zoom. Email to register.

12th Annual Anishinabek G7 FASD Conference

The 12th Annual Anishinabek G7 FASD Conference will help participants understand relevant FASD issues and information.

About this event

The 12th Annual Anishinabek G7 FASD Conference is a 2 day conference and will help participants understand issues relevant to FASD including trauma, lived experience, transition to adulthood, FASD and the justice system, and how to help individuals with FASD improve social skills.

To register click on this link

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Feeny E, Dain K, Varghese C, Atiim G A, Rekve D, Gouda H N et al. Protecting women and girls from tobacco and alcohol promotion BMJ 2021; 374 :n1516 doi:10.1136/bmj.n1516

Gender transformative measures could curb the industries’ expansion into low and middle income countries, contain the burden of chronic disease, and promote gender equity, argue Emma Feeny and colleagues

Women have traditionally consumed less tobacco and alcohol than men because social and cultural norms have stigmatised their use of these products, particularly in low and middle income countries. The combination of changing gender norms, aggressive industry marketing, and continuing population growth in low and middle income countries, however, means that without urgent action, the number of women and girls consuming tobacco and alcohol is likely to rise substantially in the coming years.

This change has important implications for the burden of chronic or non-communicable diseases and injuries, for public health, service delivery, and—given the strong, reciprocal links between non-communicable diseases and poverty1—sustainable development. Consumption of tobacco and alcohol has repercussions throughout life, particularly when it begins at a young age, making it harder to stop or reduce consumption later in life. Such consumption increases women’s risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, cancers, and a range of other conditions (table 1). Risks can also be transmitted to the next generation: tobacco and alcohol use during pregnancy can have lasting effects on the health of children, who are also more likely to use tobacco and alcohol themselves if exposed to parental consumption.4, 5

Non-communicable diseases already account for over 70% of all deaths worldwide, but this huge and growing burden among women is often overlooked by global health stakeholders, who continue to view women’s health from a reproductive viewpoint. The biggest killers of women globally are cardiovascular diseases, cancers, and chronic respiratory diseases.6 People living with non-communicable diseases are also at risk of severe covid-19 should they become infected.7

Because tobacco and alcohol use are now steady or falling in many high income countries, producers have identified women and girls in low and middle income countries as a growing market.8,9 The global prevalence rates of smoking among women are decreasing, but trends among girls are concerning; in 123 countries, the prevalence of girls using tobacco is higher than the prevalence of adult women, and in some countries, such as Mozambique and Argentina, it is also higher than the prevalence of adolescent boys using tobacco.10 The proportion of men who drink is much higher than the proportion of women who do so, but the global gap between male and female drinkers is shrinking.11

These threats are well recognised, but calls for action to reduce the exposure of women and girls in low and middle income countries to the well honed tactics of the tobacco and alcohol industries have so far gone unheeded.9,12 If this continues, we can expect to pay a high price, with an increase in non-communicable diseases and undermining of hard won development gains. Developments in sex and gender research and practice provide opportunities to not only prevent a rise in smoking and drinking among girls and women, but to break down pervasive gender inequities while doing so.13

Sex specific impacts of tobacco and alcohol, and interaction with gender

To understand the association between women, tobacco, and alcohol, and better protect women and girls from tobacco and alcohol promotion, it is important to distinguish between sex—the biological attributes that distinguish male, female, and intersex; and gender—the social and cultural norms, identities, and relations that structure societies and shape our attitudes and behaviour.14

Click here to read to full open access analysis.

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