By the Canadian Public Health Association
Synopsis: The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) is currently developing an online continuing medical education course targeted at family physicians entitled, Sexually transmitted and blood borne infections (STBBIs): Toward, safer more inclusive care. We will be seeking accreditation from both the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. The course provides a background on stigma related to STBBIs, sexual health, and substance use and introduces strategies to reduce stigma and increase inclusivity of services (e.g., inclusivity of people various sexual orientations, ethnicities or cultures, gender identities, etc.). The course touches on what stigma is, where it comes from, how it impacts people with respect to their well-being and access to prevention, testing, and treatment services for STBBIs. A large component of the course will be putting knowledge and skills into practice through interactive, choose-your-own-adventure style case scenarios. Players will get to assume the role of a physician interacting with four different patients representing a range of sexual health/substance use concerns and representing individuals of various backgrounds to consider how STBBI-stigma intersects with factors such as sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender identity, and socioeconomic status. The case scenarios focus on putting harm reduction, trauma-and violence-informed care, cultural safety, and LGBTQ2S+ affirmative care into practice to reduce stigma. We are pleased to share some early screen shots of the course in development. The introductory modules are being produced in-house, and we are working with Stitch Media in Toronto to develop the interactive cases—please note that these screen shots represent early, conceptual designs and not the finished product. You can look out for the launch of the course in fall 2019. It will be hosted on CPHA’s learning management system, https://learning.cpha.ca.
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