PSW-HCW

Image of homecare and support membersCommunities of Practice and Safety Support, or COMPASS, is a unique training program offered to homecare and personal support workers that focuses on workers’ safety, health, and well-being. It was developed in partnership with Oregon Health & Science University and SEIU, Local 503.

The peer-led program offers homecare and personal support workers the opportunity to learn and problem-solve together, support one another, share best practices, set goals, and make healthy changes in their personal lives, and at work.



COMPASS participants work together over the course of seven meetings (every two-weeks) to learn new skills. Each meeting is 2-3 hours long. Attendee will receive a scripted guidebook. Topics include:

  • Action planning
  • Reducing hazards and injuries
  • Healthy eating
  • Healthy spine postures
  • Functional fitness
  • Healthy hobbies
  • Using tools to prevent on-the-job injuries
  • Communicating to reduce hazards and challenges
  • Mental health and coping with stress

Participating in COMPASS is a great way to fulfill all 5 hours of Safety Skills Courses required to earn the Professional Development Certification. Participants may also be eligible to receive a training stipend for each meeting.

To learn more about COMPASS, take a moment to watch this quick YouTube video.:

You can also learn more by visiting Oregon Healthy Workforce Center with OHSU

How to register for COMPASS

  • Check the Elevate Newsletter to find when and where COMPASS is offered.
  • Create an iLearn account (instructions and tips are found in the Elevate Newsletter).
  • Register for the course on iLearn.
  • Commit to attend all seven meetings (attending the first meeting is mandatory).

Additional Information

Power Point Presentation (PDF)
Compiled PSW Research Report​ (PDF)

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