Peers for Progress e-News                   December 11, 2013
Learnings in Diabetes Peer Support
Across six continents, 14 PfP grantees who were funded in 2009 have tested and evaluated what peer support would look like for diabetes self-management under a variety of cultural and socio-economic conditions. In the greater China region, PfP continued to guide the growth of peer support with collaborators in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Read our annual highlights in this issue’s program spotlight.

In addition to our efforts abroad, 2013 was an exciting year for PfP domestically as well, culminating in the 1st Meeting of the National Peer Support Collaborative Learning Network in November.

2013 Annual Highlights of Peers for Progress and Global Affiliates
In 2013, Peers for Progress (PfP) and global affiliates continued to expand the evidence base and promote regional program adoption. This report features the work of 14 grantees originally funded through support from the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, as well as several collaborative activities of PfP with leading organizations in diabetes in China and Taiwan. [Read the report]              

First Meeting for the NPSCLN
The 1st meeting of the National Peer Support Collaborative Learning Network in November brought together national experts in peer support, community health, and family medicine. PfP and the National Council of La Raza hosted work group meetings, networking sessions, and forum discussions to generate ideas for priority areas for the Network in 2014. The final meeting report will be available in January 2014. [Read the blog]


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Program Resources    

WellMed’s Care Companion Program for Older Adults

"Results of a Peer Mentoring Intervention in Older Patients with Diabetes: The Care Companion Program" [Read More]

"Integrating Family Caregivers Into Primary Care to Improve Patient Outcomes" [Read More]

Australasian Peers for Progress Diabetes Project

In this video, Dr. Michaela Riddell at Monash University describes the features of a community-based peer support program for diabetes. [Watch the video]

Presentations on Peer Support and Diabetes from the 34th Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine

Peers for Progress and several grantees from UMichigan, UAB, and UCSF presented at a symposium of the Society of Behavioral Medicine in 2013. [Read more]



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Research Briefs 

How Do Peer Coaches Improve Diabetes Care for Low-Income Patients?: A Qualitative Analysis

This study explored the perspectives and roles of peer coaches, who are patients with diabetes trained to provide diabetes self-management support (DSMS) to other patients. Peer coaches play 3 principal roles in providing DSMS: advisor, supporter, and role model. While working with patients, peer coaches had different approaches to setting emotional boundaries and to allocating responsibility for implementing health behavior changes. [Full Abstract]

Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial of a Peer-Led Lifestyle Intervention Program: Study Protocol for the Kerala Diabetes Prevention Program

This paper describes the protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial of a peer-led lifestyle intervention program to prevent diabetes in Kerala, India. The primary outcome is incidence of type 2 diabetes. Secondary outcomes include behavioral, psychosocial, clinical, and biochemical measures. An economic evaluation is planned. [Full Abstract]

Diabetes Peer Coaching: Do “Better Patients” Make Better Coaches

This study identified characteristics of peer coaches associated with improvement in diabetes control among low-income patients with type 2 diabetes. The investigators found that coach characteristics are associated with patient success in improving A1C. "Better" levels of coach diabetes self-efficacy and distress were not helpful and, in fact, were associated with less improvement in patient A1C, suggesting that some coach uncertainty about his or her own diabetes might foster improved patient self-management. [Full Abstract] 

Training Veterans to Provide Peer Support in a Weight-Management Program: MOVE!

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has implemented MOVE!, a weight-management program for veterans designed to address the increasing proportion of overweight and obese veterans. The objective of this study was to determine whether peer support employing motivational interviewing (MI) could positively influence lifestyle changes, thus expanding the reach of the MOVE! program. [Full Abstract]


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Funding Opportunities 

Behavioral and Social Science Research on Understanding and Reducing Health Disparities (R01)

Deadline: February 2, 2014
Funds: Not limited

The purpose of this FOA is to encourage behavioral and social science research on the causes and solutions to health and disabilities disparities in the U. S. population. Emphasis is placed on research in and among three broad areas of action: 1) public policy, 2) health care, and 3) disease/disability prevention. Applications that utilize an interdisciplinary approach, investigate multiple levels of analysis, incorporate a life-course perspective, and/or employ innovative methods such as systems science or community-based participatory research are particularly encouraged. [Read More]

Health Promotion Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Males (R01)

Deadline: February 2, 2014
Funds: Not limited

This initiative seeks applications that propose to stimulate and expand research in the health of minority men. Specifically, this initiative encourages applications focusing on the development and testing of culturally and linguistically appropriate health-promoting interventions designed to reduce health disparities among racially and ethnically diverse males and their subpopulations age 21 and older. [Read More]



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2013 Annual Highlights of Peers for Progress & Global Affiliates

1st Meeting of the NPSCLN


NRHA Rural Health Policy Institute (Washington, D.C.; Feb. 4-6)

Association for Community Health Improvement National Conference (Orlando, FL; March 5-7)

6th National Medical Home Summit (Philadelphia, PA; March 17-19)

NACHC Policy and Issues Forum (Washington, D.C.; March 19-23)

24th Annual Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference (Colorado Springs, CO; March 26-28)

4th Asian Conference on Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences (Osaka, Japan; March 27-30)


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