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In collaboration with the University of Ottawa Office of Continuing Professional Development, the Canadian Public Health Association has recently released a free online continuing the Canadian Public Health Association has recently released a free online continuing professional development (CPD) course Provide safer, more inclusive care for sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections. Intended for clinical care providers in Canada, including family physicians, nurses, nurse Intended for clinical care providers in Canada, including family physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, students/trainees and other professionals in clinical settings, this modular, learn-practitioners, students/trainees and other professionals in clinical settings, this modular, learn-at-your-pace course addresses the often entrenched barriers encountered by patients and clients at-your-pace course addresses the often entrenched barriers encountered by patients and clients seeking treatment for sexual health, substance use or STBBIs. seeking treatment for sexual health, substance use or STBBIs.

Content for the course was developed in collaboration with experts, including individuals and Content for the course was developed in collaboration with experts, including individuals and organizations with clinical, research and/or lived and living experience in the area of STBBI organizations with clinical, research and/or lived and living experience in the area of STBBI stigma.

The course uses examples, realistic case scenarios, quizzes, self-reflection exercises, videos and The course uses examples, realistic case scenarios, quizzes, self-reflection exercises, videos and more to explore the key roles that language, communication styles and workplace policies and more to explore the key roles that language, communication styles and workplace policies and procedures can play in creating safer, more inclusive environments. procedures can play in creating safer, more inclusive environments. Participants can complete the course in less than four hours, resulting in increased comfort Participants can complete the course in less than four hours, resulting in increased comfort levels for care providers, which in turn will affect the satisfaction and health outcomes of those levels for care providers, which in turn will affect the satisfaction and health outcomes of those receiving care.

This course has been certified for up to 4 Mainpro+® credits (College of Family Physicians This course has been certified for up to 4 Mainpro+® credits (College of Family Physicians of Canada) and is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the of Canada) and is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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