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​Communities of Practice and Safety Support Training Program

Safety, health and well-being training

Communities of Practice and Safety Support (COMPASS) is a unique training program offered to homecare and personal support workers. It 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 workers the opportunity to learn and problem-solve together, support one another, share best practices, set goals, 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. Attendees 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 five 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.

How to self-register for COMPASS

  • Look for the cohort schedule in the Elevate newsletter
  • Sign into PACE and self-register
  • Receive the Zoom link in your email and sign into the online webinar
  • The first meeting is required in order to continue with the cohort

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