How Can Peer Support Address Our Nation’s Healthcare   
 Challenges? New Report Shows the Way Forward

 Peers for Progress Newsletter
                          April 23, 2014
Peer Support in Health – Evidence to Action”, a new report from Peers for Progress and the National Council of La Raza, is a guide for health care organizations developing peer support programs that will help people with health problems live healthier lives.

The report summarizes findings from the first annual conference of the National Peer Support Collaborative Learning Network, which convened leaders in peer support, community health, primary care, and behavioral health to discuss current strengths and future needs of the field.

Read the press release or download the report.

Follow us on Twitter (@Peers4Progress) to stay up to date with our latest announcements and developments in the field of peer support.

New Accreditation Model for Peer Support

Last month, our spotlight weighed the benefits and challenges of Accreditation and Certification in Peer Support. Building on that theme, this month’s spotlight looks at the Council on Accreditation of Peer Recovery Support Services, the only accrediting body in the US for peer support services. What does this model of accreditation signal for the future of peer support programs? [ Read more]

HelpAround Just Brought Your Peer Support Program to the Smartphone

HelpAround is a mobile app for people with chronic diseases that enables users to find peers around them wherever and whenever they need help or advice. [ Read our blog]

HelpAround is interested in collaborating with health care practices looking to integrate peer support and mHealth. Visit for more information.

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Program Resources    

Featured Quality Assurance Resources for Peer Specialists and CHWs

This new section on the Peers for Progress website shares some excellent resources on the certification of mental health peer specialists and CHWs. The “Featured Quality Assurance Resources” can be found directly underneath “Featured Training Resources”. [ Read more]

Council on Accreditation of Peer Recovery Support Services

The Council on Accreditation of Peer Recovery Support Services is the only accrediting body in the US for recovery-centered community organizations and other programs offering peer recovery support services for addiction. In the first round of awards, five organizations received full accreditation status. [ Read more]

Peer Specialist Training and Certification Programs: A National Overview

This report from the Center for Social Work Research of the University of Texas at Austin provides detailed information on peer specialist training and certification guidelines for every state. [ Read more]

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Research Briefs  

Peer Support to Decrease Diabetes-Related Distress in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Design of a Randomized Controlled Trial

This study describes the design of a parallel group randomized controlled trial of a six session group-based peer support intervention, delivered by peer leaders and group psychotherapists, compared with one educational meeting on diabetes. The primary outcome measure for this study is diabetes-related distress. Secondary outcomes include self-management behavior, well-being and health-related quality of life. [ Abstract]

Engaging Community With Promotores de Salud to Support Infant Nutrition and Breastfeeding Among Latinas Residing in Los Angeles County: Salud con Hyland's

The Salud con Hyland's Project: Comienzo Saludable, Familia Sana (Health with Hyland's Project: Healthy Start, Healthy Family) was developed to provide education and support to Latina mothers regarding healthy infant feeding practices and maternal health. Positive results indicate that the intervention increased intention of breastfeeding exclusivity as well as delay in infant initiation of solids through 5 to 6 months. [ Abstract]

An Instructional Design Model for Culturally Competent Community Health Worker Training

CHWs must be certified by the state of Texas to practice within its borders, and continuing education is required to maintain certification. By involving CHWs and community members in its curriculum development process, the Texas Public Health Training Center produces training modules suited for this unique and important segment of the public health workforce. The iterative curriculum development process is described here, along with a state-approved curriculum resulting from this method. [ Abstract]

Listening to Community Health Workers: How Ethnographic Research Can Inform Positive Relationships among Community Health Workers, Health Institutions, and Communities

Ethnographic research can play an important role in creating effective CHW programs, by 1) elucidating the life histories that shape CHWs' desire to alleviate their own and others' economic and health challenges, and by 2) addressing the working relationships that exist among CHWs, intended beneficiaries, and health officials. This paper briefly discusses ethnographic research with 3 groups of CHWs: volunteers involved in HIV/AIDS care and treatment support in Ethiopia and Mozambique and Lady Health Workers in Pakistan. [ Abstract]


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Funding Opportunities 

Family-Centered Self-Management of Chronic Conditions (R21)

Deadline: June 16, 2014
Funds: $275,000 total / 2 years

The purpose of this FOA is to encourage research that seeks to build the science of family-centered self-management (FCSM) in chronic conditions. FCSM recognizes and addresses family needs and preferences, and integrates family members as partners in care while promoting individual self-management. [ Read more]

Community Partnerships to Advance Research (R01)

Deadline: June 5, 2014
Funds: Not limited / Max 5 years

The purpose of the funding opportunity is to stimulate researchers to partner with communities using Community Engaged Research (CEnR) methodologies that will enhance relationships leading to better interventions and positive health outcomes. [ Read more]

Targeted Basic Behavioral and Social Science and Intervention Development for HIV Prevention and Care (R01)

Deadline: May 7, 2014
Funds: Not limited / Max 5 years

This FOA encourages research designed to (a) conduct basic behavioral and social science research that is needed to advance the development of HIV prevention and care interventions, (b) translate and operationalize the findings from these basic studies to develop interventions and assess their feasibility and (c) conduct tests of the efficacy of HIV prevention and care interventions [ Read more]

Behavioral Interventions to Address Multiple Chronic Health Conditions in Primary Care (R01)

Deadline: June 5, 2014
Funds: Not limited / Max 5 years

This FOA will support research in primary care that uses a multi-disease care management approach to behavioral interventions with high potential impact to improve patient-level health outcomes for individuals with three or more chronic health conditions. The proposed approach must modify behaviors using a common approach rather than administering a distinct intervention for each targeted behavior and/or condition. [ Read more]

Prevention and Treatment of Obesity, Diabetes, and Chronic Kidney Disease in Military Populations (R01)

Deadline: June 14, 2014
Funds: Not limited / Max 5 years

The goal of this FOA is to encourage applications on prevention and treatment of obesity, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease in military personnel (active duty and retired) and their families. [ Read more]


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Program Resources

Research Briefs

Funding Opportunities

Meetings and Events

   Please forward this e-newsletter to an interested colleague 

New Accreditation Model for Peer Support

HelpAround Just Brought Your Peer Support Program to the Smartphone



1st National Conference on Peer Support (Canada) (April 30 – May 2 in Halifax, Canada)

National Council for Behavioral Health Conference ’14 (May 5-7 in National Harbor, MD)

5th Annual Patient Navigator/Community Health Worker Conference (May 8 in Norwood, MA)

NACHC National Farmworkers Health Conference (May 14-16 in Delray Beach, FL)

PCPCC Western Regional Conference (June 9-10 in Denver, CO)

ADA 74th Scientific Sessions (June 13-17 in San Francisco, CA)



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