Maternal Addictions Continuum of Care (MACC) Project

MACC Project Summary

The Maternal Addictions Continuum of Care project was a three-year project that began in 2012 as a partnership between Shibogama Health Authority and the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre. The project was funded by Health Canada’s Health Services Integration Fund (HSIF). Its objective was to promote collaboration and integration of services that support pregnant women, mothers and families with addictions problems from the Shibogama First Nations.  


MACC Project Training

MACC delivered training for community-based health and resource workers in 2013 and 2014.  The goal was to provide community health workers with training to increase the skills, knowledge and abilities of health workers to better support women who use or may have used substances during pregnancy and their families.


Research Report 2013

Shibogama Health Authority and the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (SLMHC) jointly issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) in February 2013 for research pertaining to pregnant women and young mothers with a history of addictions in the Shibogama communities of Kasabonika, Kingfisher Lake, Wapekeka and Wunnimun Lake.  The research was intended to provide important service-related information for the region with specific input from the Shibogama communities. The RFP included an environmental scan, a needs assessment, and a review of current service practices.

Online Resources for Pregnant Women, New Mothers, and Community Workers

MACC has produced two catalogues of First Nations appropriate information: one for pregnant women and new mothers and one for northern community workers who provide services to them. (To read or print these catalogues, click on the "Read More" button in this section and scroll to the bottom to find attached documents.) 

Most of these resources have been created by Ontario’s Best Start Resource Centre and were previously not being used by northern women and community workers.

MACC Project Resources - Continuum of Care Pathway

The MACC Project has developed resources throughout the project that are available for viewing and downloading.



One of the key deliverables for the MACC Project was to develop a continuum of care for women who use or may have used substances during pregnancy.  In the early stages of the project, an Advisory Working Group was established that collaborated to carry out the work.

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