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Webinar: Resilience in Children & Families: The Brain Story in Action for Policymakers and Practitioners

The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative (AFWI), a program of the Palix Foundation, mobilizes and connects synthesized scientific research about early brain and child development (the Brain Story) to better understand and address how inter-generational factors and experiences impact the lives of children as they grow and develop, focusing particularly on mental health and addiction. Since its inception, AFWI has engaged with a multitude of change agents and leaders in the health, human services, justice, education, academia, and community sectors to share and apply the brain story knowledge to improve policy and practice for the benefit of children and families. This session’s goal is to bring awareness to improve brain wellness for children and families.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Explain how brains develop and how social interactions shape development
  • Describe the effects of stress on brain development and the impact of adverse childhood experiences on physical and mental health outcomes, including addiction
  • Identify evidence-based approaches for children in the prevention, intervention and treatment of childhood adversity
  • Describe the basic neurobiology of both substance and process addiction

Présentateur(s): Nancy Mannix

Nancy Mannix is the Chair and Patron of the Palix Foundation, a private foundation whose philanthropy aims to ultimately support improved health and wellness outcomes for all children and families. Nancy has served as a board member of the Alberta Innovates-Health Solutions Board, Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research and the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute. Her highly regarded work in the charitable sector has included a number of organizations such as the Calgary Health Trust and the Canada West Foundation. Nancy has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of San Diego and a Juris Doctor Degree from Seattle University.

Avis de non-responsabilité

The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or capacitybuilding@oahpp.ca .

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Publié le 6 oct. 2021