Alberta Family Wellness Initiative Presentation at the Calgary Waldorf School

When: Wednesday evening, March 9th , 7:30 pm

Where: Calgary Waldorf School, Assembly Room

A presentation on neuroscience, screens, media, child development and learning, from the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative. Please bring anyone and everyone you know who would be interested in this talk.

The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative: An innovation platform to improve health and well-being outcomes for all children and families through knowledge translation and application.

Our Speaker from AFWI: Nancy Mannix
Ms. Mannix is the Chair and Patron of the Palix Foundation, a private foundation with offices in Calgary and Edmonton. The Foundation, through the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative, is focused on creating alignments between science, policy and practice in the areas of brain development and its connection to addiction, in order to bring about effective, comprehensive and integrated services for Alberta families. Currently, Ms. Mannix serves on the Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions Board of Directors. She has had a long career in the charitable sector and has worked for a number of organizations, including the Calgary Health Trust and the Canada West Foundation. She has also served on numerous Boards, including the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research and the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute. Ms. Mannix has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of San Diego and a Juris Doctor Degree from Seattle University.

A Brief Description of the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative (“AFWI”)
The Palix Foundation is a pro-active private foundation with offices in Calgary and Edmonton. The Foundation is active in knowledge translation and mobilization, professional development and training, research, evaluation and networking. The Palix Foundation established the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative (AFWI) in 2007. AFWI aims to mobilize and connect synthesized scientific research about early brain and biological development (i.e., brain science) to better understand and address how intergenerational factors, as well as experiences in children’s lives as they grow and develop, have an impact on children’s health and well-being throughout life, in particular with regard to mental health and addiction. Since its inception, AFWI has engaged with change agents and leaders in health, human services, justice, education, academia and community sectors to develop and support a multitude of activities in early childhood development, mental health and addiction – all of this work meant to ultimately bring about positive, evidence-informed change in policy and practice for the benefit of children and families.

A Brief Description of the Presentation
This presentation will feature AFWI-supported initiatives focused on applying the science through developing, testing and evaluating science-based policy and practice innovations. New Alberta-based research projects will be highlighted, along with examples of broad-reaching, public health focused knowledge mobilization efforts.

These efforts centre on building understanding about the importance of mitigating and buffering toxic stress in the lives of children and families as a way to build resilience and prevent poor outcomes throughout life.

Objectives for the Presentation:
1. To learn about early brain and biological development science (i.e., the core story of brain development) and the influence that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can have on brain development and subsequent addiction and mental health outcomes.
2. To learn about the novel AFWI approach to mobilizing and applying this science base to prevent addiction and strengthen mental health beginning in early life.
3. To learn about intervention research projects underway in Alberta that aim to apply the core story of brain development science and knowledge about the impact of ACEs on lifelong health in practice.

We look forward to having you join us in the Assembly Room at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, March 9th for this presentation, followed by a Question & Answer session with Ms. Mannix.

Calgary Waldorf School
515 Cougar Ridge Drive S.W.
Telephone: 403 – 287 – 1868

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