Injuries are preventable, yet more than 80 children die each year in Saskatchewan due to unintentional injury. Injury results in large monetary costs for the province, but the physical and emotional costs for the individual and family are immeasurable. The Prevention Institute recognizes child injury in Saskatchewan as a priority health issue. The goal of the Child Injury Prevention Program is to raise awareness of injury risks and best practices to reduce the number of injury-related deaths and decrease the risk of life-altering injury. The program is funded by the Acquired Brain Injury Partnership Project, Saskatchewan Ministry of Health, and Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI).

Child Traffic Safety Program

Injury and death to children in motor vehicle collisions is of significant concern in Saskatchewan. A critical prevention component is the correct and consistent use of child restraints – from rear-facing infant seats, to forward-facing seats, booster seats, and finally, the safe transition into the seat belt. The Prevention Institute provides provincial training of child passenger safety technicians and education to other professionals and the public on this important topic The goal of this program is to reduce death and injury to children resulting from motor vehicle crashes. Funding for this program is provided by Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI).

CAPC is a national program that provides long-term funding to community groups to help promote the healthy development of children ages 0-6. Through community-based primary prevention and early intervention programs, CAPC serves children and families who are at risk for poor health outcomes. The Prevention Institute has sponsored a CAPC project since 1993. The goal of this project is to support the education, training, and networking needs of the other CAPC projects in Saskatchewan. This project is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Promoting and supporting early childhood mental health (ages 0-6) helps to prevent long-term behavioural, physical, emotional, and mental health issues. ECMH refers to the ability of a child to express, regulate, and control his or her emotions; cope with stress and change; and form secure relationships. The Prevention Institute hosts the Saskatchewan ECMH Provincial Network. This Network provides an opportunity for professionals interested in the area to share information about current services, collaborate, and keep up-to-date with current research. The goal of the program is to raise awareness and provide information about early childhood mental health to professionals and the public. This program is funded by the core funding of the Prevention Institute.

The Prevention Institute has been actively working in FASD prevention since 1980. FASD is the leading cause of developmental and cognitive disabilities among Canadian children. Approximately 1 in 100 Canadians are diagnosed with FASD, and as many as 1 in 20 people may be affected. FASD is a complex public health, economic, and social issue. Primary prevention projects focus on increasing public and professional education and awareness. The overall goal of the program is to decrease the prevalence of FASD in Saskatchewan. The FASD Program is funded by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health and Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority.

The Youth Action for Prevention Program focuses on engaging Saskatchewan youth in the prevention of FASD. Sexual activity and alcohol use, the necessary components of FASD, are commonly initiated during adolescence, so it is crucial that FASD prevention reaches youth audiences (ages 14-24). The goal of YAP is to work collaboratively with and support youth to develop resources and activities that increase knowledge about alcohol use and related harms. Youth involved with YAP work to engage their peers in efforts to decrease the prevalence of FASD. This program is funded by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health.

The MIH Program promotes best practices for maternal health and the prevention and reduction of infant illness, disability, and death in Saskatchewan. This program provides evidence-based resources and current best practices to ensure the healthiest outcomes for a woman and her baby before, during, and after pregnancy. MIH focuses on areas such as environmental health, maternal healthy weight, and maternal oral health. The goal of the program is to improve maternal and infant health in Saskatchewan through a coordinated population health approach. The MIH Program is funded by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health.

Nobody’s Perfect is an educational and support program for parents of children from birth to age five. The goal of the program is to support parents to enhance their knowledge, skills, and self-confidence that are vital to healthy and effective parenting. It also encourages the development of a strong and supportive social network among participants. Nobody’s Perfect meets the needs of young, single, low-income, socially or geographically isolated parents, or parents with limited formal education. Funded by the Ministry of Social Services, the Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Program has been coordinated through the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute since 1990.

The Prevention Institute supports the Provincial Strategy (prevention, protection, and cessation) with the goal to reduce tobacco use in Saskatchewan through cohesive, coordinated, and community-led action. Smoking tobacco and exposure to secondhand smoke impacts the health of pregnant women, fetuses, infants, and children. The program is funded by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health.

The Saskatchewan Prevention Institute strives to promote the importance of and bring about improvements in sexual and reproductive health. The program explores creative and effective methods of reaching people with preventive health information early in their lives and in a way that resonates with particular target audiences. The program works in areas that are of particular pertinence to the health of Saskatchewan residents, such as preconception health, sexually transmitted infections and their impact on fertility and the health of the fetus, and HIV and pregnancy. The goal of this program is to provide education and resources to help enable people to make positive choices and
informed decisions during their reproductive years that will lead to healthy pregnancy outcomes. This program is funded by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health.