Social prescribing

This online training is designed to introduce the idea and complement the toolkit on how to implement social prescribing, with a special focus on the Western Pacific region. The course was created to help introduce social prescribing at the community level. It outlines the concrete steps required to introduce a social prescribing scheme and includes case studies, interviews, and regional good practices which can be adapted to the local context of the various learners.

Language: English
Not disease specific

Course information

Overview: The target audience of the course are both organizations and individuals, such as community health care facilities, long-term care facilities, mental health clinicians, and healthcare workers. Policy makers and health and social welfare authorities may also find the content useful for decision making related to their policies and processes related to social services. The course aims to provide simple and concrete steps to implement social prescribing so that managers and staff at community health care facilities feel confident and empowered to utilize social prescribing as a pathway to improve health and well-being.

The online learning course will be based on the link worker competencies listed in the WHO Social prescribing toolkit.

Course duration: Approximately 2 hours.

Certificates: A Record of Achievement certificate will be available to participants who score at least 80% of the total points available across all of the quizzes. Participants who receive a Record of Achievement can also download an Open Badge for this course. Click here to learn how.

What you'll learn

  • Define social prescribing and the social determinants of health
  • Use appropriate communication skills, identify and analyze patients’ needs in the context of social determinants of health
  • Implement social prescribing activities to improve the overall well-being of patients
  • Locate and match community resources
  • Evaluate their own practice and impact on patients
  • Ensure their own wellbeing as a link worker
  • Develop autonomously your skills further.

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Learners enrolled: 5015

Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a Record of Achievement by earning at least 80% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.