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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Atlantic Canada

Atlantic work on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) seeks to advance the vision of the Pan-Canadian FASD Initiative of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) to prevent future births affected by alcohol and improve outcomes for those already affected. PHAC’s Atlantic Regional Office (PHAC Atlantic) helps facilitate information sharing and collaboration among all levels of government, community, clinicians and researchers for improved FASD prevention, screening and assessment, diagnosis, intervention and support.

PHAC Atlantic supports community-based FASD initiatives through existing Community Action Program for Children (CAPC), Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP) and Aboriginal Head Start in Urban and Northern Communities (AHSUNC) projects. Along with Health Canada – First Nations and Inuit Health, it supports the Atlantic Intergovernmental FASD Partnership. This group provides a forum for government consensus-building on effective policies, programs and strategies for supporting women to have healthy pregnancies and for improved services for both women with substance use problems and families affected by FASD.

PHAC Atlantic collaborates with its partners to take action on FASD through knowledge exchange gatherings such as conferences, workshops and presentations, and joint training sessions on topics such as women’s health, substance use and how to work effectively with children impacted by FASD. PHAC Atlantic also supports Atlantic-based research on FASD and seeks to promote best and promising practices.

The principles guiding PHAC Atlantic work on FASD include:

  • Understanding and compassion for women at risk and families affected by FASD;
  • A population health approach that recognizes the need for different strategies for different populations and a commitment to reduce health inequities;
  • A need to work horizontally across sectors on this very complex issue.


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For further information, please contact us at or at 902-426-2700.