Harm Reduction in Tobacco for Pregnant and Postpartum Women and their Families

Mar 24, 2015, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
About this Event:

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

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, RN from Health Sciences North, Sudbury, Ontario.

Penny Rush, PHN from Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’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.


Claire Gignac, RN, M-TTS
Claire is a RN and Corporate Tobacco Control Nurse and Clinical Educator at Health Sciences North in Sudbury. She is the hospital representative on the NE TCAN and Cessation Subcommittee and the Canadian Representative on ATTUD International Relations Committee. She acts as a Co‐Lead of Sudbury Manitoulin Health Ethics and is a member of the HSN Ethics Committee and Ethics Facilitation Team and the Cambrian College Nursing Program Advisory Committee. She has 22 years experience in the Critical Care Program (22yrs) & Mental Health & Addictions Program.

Penny Rush, RN, BScN
Penny has been a Public Health Nurse for over 17 years and has been with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit for the last 12 years. Penny has worked in a variety of program areas within public health including physical activity and workplace promotion, Healthy Babies/Healthy Children, Health Connection telephone support, Communicable Disease and for the last 9 years in the area of Tobacco Control. As a tobacco control Public Health Nurse Penny is well versed in all aspects of tobacco control from prevention and protection work to individual cessation work. She has worked with municipalities, businesses and groups and individuals to lessen the burden of disease from tobacco use and is passionate about what she does.

Cost for Members: 
$0.00 CAD
Cost for non-Members: 
$0.00 CAD