Dr. Bénédicte Fontaine-Bisson (Principal Investigator) and Dr. Alex Dumas (co-Principal Investigator) as well as their reseach team have received a grant from the Programme de soutien à la recherche 2019-2021 of the Consortium national de formation en santé for the research project « Mieux comprendre pour mieux intervenir: améliorer la nutrition et la santé des femmes enceintes vulnérables francophones à Ottawa par une offre de services adaptés à leurs besoins ».
The first 1000 days of life, from conception to early childhood, represent a critical period during which food insecurity can have severe impacts on growth, development, and health.
Francophone minority communities are often suffering from social vulnerabilities, which are risk factors for food insecurity.
This research project will characterize the nutritional context, its psychosocial, economical, linguistic/cultural and organizational (services) determinants as well as perinatal health issues (physical and mental) related to nutrition in vulnerable francophone pregnant women in minority settings in Ottawa.
Knowledge from this project will help provide a better access to a continuum of perinatal nutritional and health services in French to improve nutrition as well as maternal and infantile health among francophone people in minority settings.