Peers for Progress e-News                         April 25, 2013
How Important is Training?
Training peer supporters is one of the first steps in program implementation, laying the groundwork for a successful intervention. This issue of Peers for Progress newsletter features our reflections on a joint training initiative for peer support in Taiwan. Check out the program resources section for recommended training manuals and the research briefs section for the latest articles on this topic.

Training and Consultation for a Taiwanese Peer Support Initiative
Peers for Progress is providing technical assistance to the Taiwanese Association of Diabetes Educators in support of its new diabetes peer support initiative. This spotlight provides an overview of the initiative and offers some reflections from our experience leading the training workshop. [Read More]


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Program Resources  

Peer Leader Manual for Diabetes
This manual was published by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) as part of its support for translational research projects. Developed by Drs. Tang and Funnell at the University of Michigan, this manual was used to train peer leaders to provide ongoing diabetes self-management support as part of a larger IDF-supported study. [Read More] 

Training, Ensuring Competencies, and Intervention Tracking for Peer Support Interventions
This document compiles presentations and training materials developed by three Peers for Progress grantees (Drs. Cherrington, Tang, and Ayala) and presented at the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. [Read More

Washington State Certified Peer Counselor Training Manual (Mental Health)

The Washington State Peer Support Program has trained peer counselors since 2005. This training curriculum was developed by mental health experts and with the input of peer counselors across Washington State. It is intended as a 40-hour course to be delivered over 5 days. [Read More]



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Research Briefs 

Evaluating a Diabetes Self-Management Support Peer Leader Training Program for the English- and Punjabi-Speaking South-Asian Community in Vancouver
Tang and colleagues implemented and evaluated a peer leader training program to deliver a diabetes self-management support program for South-Asian adults with Type 2 diabetes. Peer leaders completed a 20-h training program conducted over five sessions (4 h per session). The program used multiple instructional methods (quizzes, group brainstorming, skill building, group sharing, role-play and facilitation simulation) and provided communication, facilitation, and behavior change skills training. [Full Abstract

Training of Mental Health Peer Support Workers in a Non-Western High-Income City: Preliminary Evaluation and Experience     

Tse and colleagues developed, implemented, and evaluated a telephone-based mental health peer support training program in Hong Kong. The curriculum consisted of six weeks of coursework on the recovery approach and a 24-week paid internship at the Warmline telephone service. The data gathered from 22 Warmline users and 18 trainees shows potential benefits for groups. [Full Abstract

The Experience and Impact of Chronic Disease Peer Support Interventions: A Qualitative Synthesis

Embuldeniya and colleagues carried out a meta-ethnography to synthesize 25 qualitative studies. Thirteen concepts were identified that reflected participants' perceptions of the experience and impact of intervention participation. These were brought together in a conceptual model that highlighted both positive and negative perceptions. [Full Abstract]



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Funding Opportunities 

NIH Dissemination and Implementation for Research in Health

DEADLINE: June 5, 2013
FUNDS: $500,000 total for up to 5 years
This opportunity encourages investigators to submit research grant applications that will identify, develop, evaluate and refine effective and efficient methods, systems, infrastructures, and strategies to disseminate and implement research-tested health behavior change interventions, evidence-based prevention, early detection, diagnostic, treatment and management, and quality of life improvement services, and data monitoring and surveillance reporting tools into public health and clinical practice settings that focus on patient outcomes. [
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PPHF 2013 Cooperative Agreements to Support Navigators in Federally Facilitated and State Partnership Exchanges

DEADLINE: June 7, 2013
FUNDS: Minimum $600,000 per year for each FFE/State Partnership Exchange
The primary goal of the Cooperative Agreement to Support Navigators in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Exchanges under this FOA is to provide awards to eligible entities or individuals to operate as Navigators as described in Section 1311(i) of the Affordable Care Act. Successful applicants are required to demonstrate that they will use cooperative agreement funds to perform all required Navigator duties as described.[More Info] 


HHS/SAMHSA/CMHS Implementation Cooperative Agreements for Expansion of Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program

DEADLINE: June 19, 2013
FUNDS: $1,000,000 per year for up to 4 years
This cooperative agreement is intended to support the provision of mental health and related recovery support services to children with serious emotional disturbances. This program supports broad-scale operation, expansion and integration of systems of care through the creation of sustainable infrastructure.
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American Diabetes Association Innovation Award

DEADLINE: July 16, 2013
FUNDS: $50,000 per year for up to 2 years
Innovation Awards are intended to provide grant support to investigators who have creative and innovative proposals that hold significant promise for advancements in the prevention, cure, or treatment of diabetes.
These awards are intended to support projects that 1) are high-risk, but have potential for high-impact results, 2) extend existing knowledge into a new area or application, and/or 3) utilize novel cross-disciplinary approaches. It is expected that an application for this award will generally lack significant preliminary data, however data supporting the feasibility of the proposed approach is encouraged
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Meetings and Events

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Training Diabetes Coaches to Improve Patient Self-Management

Providing Training and Consultations for Taiwanese Peer Support Initiatives


2013 Weekend for Women (Raleigh, NC, USA; May 3-5, 2013)

28th Annual Clinical Conference on Diabetes (Orlando, FL, USA; May 23-26, 2013)

Depression and Bipolar Alliance 2013 National Conference (Miami, FL, USA; June 14-16, 2013)

73rd Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association (Chicago, IL, USA; June 21-25, 2013)

2013 National Alliance on Mental Illness Convention (San Antonio, TX, USA; June 27-30, 2013)


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