The role of a resource center in health promotion, prevention and education in times of health crisis

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Public health. March 11, 2022; Flight. 33(6):1023-1032. doi: 10.3917/spub.216.1023.

ABSTRACT

The COVID-19 pandemic outbreak has had massive consequences on healthcare systems. At the same time, the health crisis has caused an overabundance of information. Access to accurate and verified information has become crucial for professionals and the population to understand the epidemic and preventive measures. In this context, the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Regional Health Education Committee (CRES), a resource center for health promotion and education, has played its role as a public health actor by getting involved in knowledge transfer through the creation of 3 tools: a newsletter, a collection of audio recordings and a training program. It has also transformed its usual activities by using digital solutions. This article describes the necessary adaptation to an unprecedented situation by creating new activities and adjusting the usual ones to a complex context. It also shows how these activities were relevant and met the needs of professionals. The results of the evaluation prove that the tools provided were relevant: the need of professionals to access clear and scientifically proven information was satisfied. CRES acted as a key player from the start of the crisis by facilitating access to information. New needs linked to the epidemic have now been identified and now constitute new concrete prospects for CRES’ activities.

PMID:35485004 | DOI: 10.3917/spub.216.1023

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