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Harm Reduction in Tobacco for Pregnant and Postpartum Women and Their Families: Defining Key Principles and Implementing Harm Reduction Strategies in Public Health – The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit Experience

March 24, 2015

12:00-1:00 p.m. EST

This hour-long webinar is intended for all healthcare professionals and community support workers to assist the pre- and postnatal population with tobacco use and nicotine cessation. As 50% of pregnant women reduce their use of tobacco when planning to become pregnant or when they find out they are pregnant knowledge of harm reduction approaches can be valuable to nurses, health professionals and community support workers who care for pregnant and postpartum women and their families (Edwards, Sim-Jones, Hotz, 1996). This webinar will outline key principles of harm reduction strategies for tobacco for pre- and postnatal women and their families.  Examples of harm reduction approaches and client tips will be discussed by Master-Tobacco Treatment Specialist Claire Gignac. Penny Rush, from SMDHU’s CDP Tobacco Program, will describe how this public health unit developed programs and trained staff in harm reduction principles utilizing the STARSS tool. Penny will also provide case scenarios using harm reduction approaches to outline the role of nursing as well as client responses and outcomes for this specific population.
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