Summer Issue  
Peers for Progress Newsletter
                    August 5, 2015

High Tech Soft Touch: Integrating eHealth into Peer Support

In April 2015, Peers for Progress and the UNC Center for Diabetes Translational Research hosted a meeting to discuss the integration of peer support and eHealth for chronic disease self-management. Experts in the field shared lessons learned from their programs, provided feedback on the development of an upcoming Peers for Progress pilot program, and identified critical areas for future investigation. [Read more]

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Program Resources    

Special CHW Issue of the Journal of Ambulatory Care Management

The first of two special issues on community health workers, Lee Rosenthal and Noelle Wiggins have assembled original research papers, voices from the field, and commentaries about the critical issues that confront community health workers in the United States. [Read more]

Success with CHWs

Success with CHWs is a project of the Minnesota CHW Alliance that offers a series of informative videos on its Youtube channel. [Watch here]

Presentations from the 2015 CSHO Unity Conference

Unity 2015 addressed the role community health workers play in creating access to care, reducing care costs, and promoting healthy and happy communities. Key presentations may be found on their website. [Read more]

Community, Health, Savings: The Power of CHWs in an Evolving Healthcare System

Developed by St. Luke’s Health Initiatives, this primer for stakeholders and policymakers documents past performance as well as the future potential for more cost-effective health improvement by certifying and compensating CHWs in Arizona. [Read more]

Forum Session: Coaching, Connecting, Collaborating: The CHW’s Role in Primary Care

This National Health Policy Forum session considered the development of the CHW profession, the objectives and experience of organizations that have adopted a CHW program, and the prospects for and barriers to expansion of such programs. [Read more]

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Research Briefs 

From Rhetoric to Reality--Community Health Workers in Post-Reform U.S. Health Care

The current policy and financing environment has created a historic opportunity to improve U.S. health care delivery through the effective use of CHWs. As we move beyond the financing, it will take hard work at the implementation level to maximize the likelihood of success. [Abstract]

Strengthening the Effectiveness of State-Level Community Health Worker Initiatives through Ambulatory Care Partnerships

Ambulatory care staff members are key partners in statewide initiatives to build and sustain the CHW workforce and reduce health disparities. [Abstract]

Community Health Worker Professional Advocacy: Voices of Action from the 2014 National Community Health Worker Advocacy Survey

Approximately, 30% of CHW respondents advocated for professional advancement or collaborated with other CHWs to advance the workforce. Advocacy was more prevalent among CHWs affiliated with a professional network. CHW advocacy targeted recognition of the field, appropriate training and compensation, and sustainable funding. [Abstract]

Aligning Provider Team Members with Polyvalent Community Health Workers

Polyvalent (or multimodal) CHWs can provide a comprehensive, patient-centric range of care coordination services with other members of the health care team, ultimately improving patient outcomes and decreasing the cost of care. A toolkit for nurse leaders in mainstream health care settings was created. [Abstract]

The Effect of Payment and Incentives on Motivation and Focus of Community Health Workers: Five Case Studies from Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Well-trained, supervised volunteers and full-time CHWs who receive regular payment, or a combination of both, are more likely to engage the community in grass-roots health-related empowerment. Programs that utilize minimal economic incentives to part-time CHWs tend to limit their focus, with financially incentivized activities becoming central. [Abstract]


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Funding Opportunities 

Networks to Develop Priority Areas of Behavioral & Social Research (R24)

Deadline: December 14, 2015

Funds: $750,000 total / 5 years

Provides infrastructure support for advancing development of specific high priority areas of behavioral and social research of relevance to aging. The infrastructure support will facilitate research networks through meetings, conferences, small scale pilots, educational opportunities, and dissemination to encourage growth and development of specified priority areas and of broad community resources for advancing research in the field. [Read more]

Clinical Trials to Test the Effectiveness of Treatment, Preventive, and Services Interventions (R01)

Deadline: December 14, 2015

Funds: No limit / 5 years

Supports clinical trials designed to test the therapeutic value of treatment and preventive interventions for which there is already evidence of efficacy, for use in community and practice settings. [Read more]

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Program Resources

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Meetings and Events

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INAPS 2015 National Conference (August 20-21 in San Antonio, TX)

2015 Community Health Institute & Expo (August 23-25 in Orlando, FL)

AAFP Family Medicine Experience (September 29 – October 3 in Denver, CO)

143rd APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition (October 31 – November 4 in Chicago, IL)


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