Strengthening the Case for Peer Support in Primary Care  
Peers for Progress Newsletter
                    April 29, 2015

Economic Analysis in Peer Support

Peers for Progress funded five projects to develop systematic evidence for the economic value of peer support and to address methodological challenges in the field. This report synthesizes those findings to strengthen the case for peer support. [Read more]

Call to Action for CHWs Under the Affordable Care Act

To realize the potential of the Affordable Care Act and its provisions for CHW and other peer support services, a coalition of organizations make the following Call to Action. If your organization is interested in endorsing this Call to Action, please contact us at [Read more]

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Program Resources    

Guidance on Credentialing of CHWs

This document is intended to provide payors, including state Medicaid programs with guidance in establishing and implementing quality standards and credentialing procedures for CHW programs and CHWs. [Read more]

Alivio Mi Salud es Primero Program Guide

This program guide provides a model for implementing a promotores de salud program for diabetes self-management in a primary care setting. The protocols and resources were developed as part of a two-year demonstration project at Alivio Medical Center in Chicago. [Read more]

Research Briefs 

Partners in Health: A Conceptual Framework for the Role of CHWs in Facilitating Patients' Adoption of Healthy Behaviors

A qualitative study informed the development of a conceptual framework to explain the processes through which CHWs facilitate patients’ adoption of healthy behaviors. [Abstract]

Impact of Community Based Peer Support in Type 2 Diabetes: A Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial of Individual and/or Group Approaches

Group diabetes peer support over 8-12 months was associated with a small improvement in blood pressure but no other significant outcomes. [Abstract]

The Effectiveness of Self-Management Support Interventions for Men with Long-Term Conditions: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Meta-analysis of 60 RCTs suggested that physical activity, education, and peer support-based interventions have a positive impact on quality of life in men. [Abstract]

Referral Outcomes of Individuals Identified at High Risk of Cardiovascular Disease by CHWs in Bangladesh, Guatemala, Mexico, and South Africa

Training CHWs in the use of a simple risk assessment tool can bolster gains made through screening, but these gains are negatively impacted by existing barriers to referral in the health care system. [Abstract]

Development of a Composite Outcome Score for a Complex Intervention - Measuring the Impact of CHWs

The development of this composite primary outcome for primary care research has practical value for complex community-based interventions. [Abstract]



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Funding Opportunities 

Self-Management for Health in Chronic Conditions (R01)

Deadline: June 5, 2015
Funds: Not limited / Max 5 years

Supports an initiative that focuses on self-management as a mainstream science in order to reduce the burden of chronic illnesses/conditions. [Read more]

Advancing Interventions to Improve Medication Adherence (R21)

Deadline: June 16, 2015
Funds: $275,000 total / 2 years

Supports research and development of interventions to significantly improve medication adherence in individuals. Applications may target medication adherence in the context of treatment for a single illness or chronic condition, to stave off a disease recurrence or for multiple comorbid conditions. [Read more]


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Meetings and Events

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Recovery Workforce Summit (June 2-4 in Philadelphia, PA)

American Diabetes Association 75th Scientific Sessions (June 5-9 in Boston, MA)

NCLR National Conference (July 11-14 in Kansas City, MO)


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