Designed in collaboration with Toronto Public Health, this course will discuss the basics of communicable diseases and recommendations for protecting and promoting health for yourself and your clients.
Topics include responding to Public Health alerts in the Shelter Management Information System (SMIS); identifying the links in the chain of transmission; performing adequate hand hygiene and caring for your hands; selecting, putting on and removing personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriately; differentiating between Latent Tuberculosis Infection (LTBI) and Active Tuberculosis Disease, including symptoms and risks; be aware of reportable Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) and learn about harm reduction and overdose prevention tools and strategies.
It will take approximately six hours to finish this self-paced course, which must be completed within 30 days of enrolling.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to...
- Recognize and respond to Public Health alerts posted in the Shelter Management Information System (SMIS)
- Identify the links in the chain of transmission of communicable diseases
- Perform adequate hand hygiene to help prevent the transmission of communicable diseases
- Select the appropriate type of personal protective equipment (PPE) for a task that requires protection
- Put on and remove personal protective equipment (PPE) using proper techniques
- Differentiate between Latent Tuberculosis Infection (non-communicable) and Active Tuberculosis Disease (communicable).
- Understand the most common sexually transmitted infections
- Discuss harm reduction and overdose prevention principles, programs and resources
* Please note that access to this course is strictly limited to emergency shelter and housing workers in the City of Toronto and course enrolment requires verification of eligibility.