Health Strategy for the Resumption of PROFAN’s Training activities

Context

Faced with the many impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, people who use or have used substances are more at risk of opioid overdoses than ever before. At a time when the national overdose crisis is reaching a sad record numbers of deaths, it is crucial to reach out to the community sector and its users, their families and friends to raise awareness and equip them with the tools to save lives.

To achieve this objective, the organizers of the PROFAN 2.0 training program opted to maintain face-toface training courses, adapted to the current health context. The implementation of a health strategy will ensure a safe and enjoyable learning environment for everyone.

Overview of key elements

Numerous measures and instructions are thus being applied in order to adapt the activities of the PROFAN 2.0 training program to the new health context. These comply with the recommendations of Quebec public health authorities and are expected to evolve over time. The following is a non exhaustive list:

• Training measures and instructions: reduced number of participants, safe management of material and promotional items, room rental which allows for social distancing, revised conduct of the training course, meals and breaks, participant register;

Measures and instructions related to sanitary procedures: hand cleaning, site disinfection, posting of instructions and respiratory etiquette, wearing of face mask/face coverings and other personal protection equipment;

Measures and instructions related to the opration of the PROFAN 2.0 Team: travel, accommodation, sharing of workspace, food.

It should be noted that a document detailing these measures and instructions will be emailed to the participants upon confirmation of their registration, and will be handed out again on the training day. Compliance with the instructions described therein is necessary to ensure the proper functioning of the program and to ensure the safety of all.