Communicating Equality to Prevent Violence Against Women & Girls

In this project, we engaged with communicators, journalists, violence prevention organizations, and men’s health groups to create campaign messages, as well as a toolkit and training module, that communicate gender transformative principles into primary prevention of violence against women and girls (VAWG).

We are excited to present the messages and their development, and to discuss how the toolkit and training can support others in developing their own gender transformative messages to prevent VAWG.

Stay tuned for registration details coming soon!

Perspectives on vaping and pregnancy

This webinar is part of the Applying a sex, gender, trauma & equity lens to substance use webinar series.

While there has been some research on cannabis use during pregnancy, there is little on vaping cannabis during pregnancy and postpartum. More research on nicotine vaping is also required to equip service providers and support women in making informed decisions about vaping during pregnancy. The Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health conducted a literature review, and a mixed-methods study with women who vape during pregnancy and postpartum, in order to understand the motivations for vaping, and the information needs women had on health-related aspects of vaping during pregnancy and postpartum. In this webinar, we discuss the project findings, the resources that were created informed by women’s perspectives, and how they can be applicable to your practice.

Diverse women’s experiences with chronic pain and prescription opioid use

This webinar is part of the Applying a sex, gender, trauma & equity lens to substance use webinar series.

Sex and gender-related factors affect how people experience chronic pain and the quality of care received in healthcare settings. Women report more chronic pain than men and are more likely to be prescribed and rely on opioids for pain management. The Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health carried out research on women’s experiences with chronic pain and prescription opioid use. We interviewed 22 women from different geographic and social locations, who used prescribed opioids for chronic pain management. In this webinar, we share what we learned from these interviews and a scoping review of the literature and how this research can inform resources for health care providers.

How sex and gender matter in cannabis use

This webinar is part of the Applying a sex, gender, trauma & equity lens to substance use webinar series.

The Sex, Gender & Cannabis Hub (sexgendercannabishub.ca) has been created by the Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health and funded by Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program with the goal of providing Canadians with reliable and up-to-date information on the intersections of sex, gender, and cannabis. The Hub is a virtual space where the information is curated for community advocates, service providers, researchers, and policymakers. From this, a series of resources applicable to different settings have been created with research and community expertise. Watch this webinar to learn more about the project findings, the resources that have been created, and how they can be applicable to your practice.

Co-Creating Evidence: A Digital Handbook on Wraparound Programs

The Digital Handbook on Wraparound Programs was produced as part of the Co-Creating Evidence project.

This resource was created to support the development and operation of wraparound programs for pregnant and/or early parenting women and gender diverse people facing substance use and related concerns. The handbook was developed with multiple audiences in mind, including program planners, managers and staff, service partners from a variety of health and social sectors, funders, researchers, community members, and families affected by perinatal substance use.

 

Women and Tobacco Use

This video presentation by Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health Senior Investigator, Dr. Lorraine Greaves, in conjunction with Taking Texas Tobacco-Free, offers insight into patterns of women’s use, meanings of smoking to women, related health issues, and gender specific interventions.