Peers for Progress e-News                         December 13, 2012

In this final newsletter of 2012, Peers for Progress is pleased to share with you some of our highlights from the past year. This issue’s selection of program resources and research briefs also reflect recent trends, such as the development of statewide policies on community health workers, the importance of supporting peer volunteers, and increased interest in building collaboration between clinical pharmacists and community health workers.

Peers for Progress 2012 Highlights   
Global Outreach, Sustained Impacts

Throughout 2012, our activities have focused on five core areas: advancing the evidence base for peer support, provide tools and models for quality improvement, facilitating networks and networking for knowledge sharing, advocating for peer support as a strategy for health and healthcare around the world, and providing consultation and training for program development and adoption. [Read more]

Program Resources
AHRQ Policy Innovation: Minnesota CHW Alliance 
The Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance has created a set of integrated workforce building blocks including a scope of practice; a statewide, competency-based curriculum and certificate program; and awareness-building strategies directed to key audiences including providers, policymakers, and the public. This work led the way for the passage of State legislation authorizing Medicaid payment for specific community health worker services provided under clinical supervision. [Read more]

Caring for Volunteers: A Psychosocial Support Toolkit
Supporting volunteers can improve performance and retention. The International Federation of Red Cross Psychosocial Centre has published this toolkit to prepare volunteers but also support them during and after disasters, conflicts and other dramatic events. The toolkit contains practical tools for preparing for and handling crises, as well as for peer support and communication. In addition, there is a chapter on how to monitor and evaluate volunteers' efforts.[Read more

Research Briefs 

Program Planners' Perspectives of Promotora Roles, Recruitment, and Selection
This article explores how program planners conceptualized the promotora role and the approaches and strategies they used to recruit, select, and sustain promotoras. The investigators conducted semi-structured, in-depth interviews with a purposive convenience sample of 24 program planners, program coordinators, promotora recruiters, research principal investigators, and other individuals who worked closely with promotoras on United States-based health programs for Hispanic women (ages 18 and older). [Full abstract

The Use of Motivational Interviewing to Promote Peer-to-Peer Support for Cancer Survivors     

This article presents the rationale, design, and evaluation of an MI-based training for cancer survivors and caregivers to deliver peer support. The training and evaluation of the peers ("guides") to encourage practice and increase research knowledge for using MI-based peer support models for cancer care are discussed. Thirteen cancer survivors and two caregivers received two-day DVD-based MI training, as well as supplemental monthly sessions for six months. [Full Abstract

Design of a Trial to Evaluate the Impact of Clinical Pharmacists and Community Health Promoters Working the African-Americans and Latino with Diabetes

The primary aim of this randomized trial is to evaluate the effectiveness of clinical pharmacists and HPs on diabetes behaviors (including healthy eating, physical activity, and medication adherence), hemoglobin A1c, blood pressure, and LDL-cholesterol levels. A total of 300 minority patients with uncontrolled diabetes from the University of Illinois Medical Center ambulatory network in Chicago will be randomized to either pharmacist management alone, or pharmacist management plus HP support. [Full Abstract]



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Funding Opportunities 

Behavior Interventions to Address Multiple Chronic Health Conditions in Primary Care (RO1)

DEADLINE: February 5, 2013

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) seeks Research Project Grant (R01) applications that propose to use a common conceptual model to develop behavioral interventions to modify health behaviors and improve health outcomes in patients with comorbid chronic diseases and health conditions. Specifically, 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.
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Healthy Habits: timing for Developing Sustainable Healthy Behaviors in Children and Adolescents (RO1)

DEADLINE: February 5, 2013
This FOA is to encourage Research Project Grant (R01) applications that employ innovative research to identify mechanisms of influence and/or promote positive sustainable health behavior(s) in children and youth (birth to age 18). Applications to promote positive health behavior(s) should target social and cultural factors, including, but not limited to: schools, families, communities, population, food industry, age-appropriate learning tools and games, social media, social networking, technology and mass media.
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Public Health Law Research: Making the Case for Laws that Improve Health

DEADLINE: April 4, 2013
The program seeks to build the evidence for and strengthen the use of regulatory, legal and policy solutions to improve public health. PHLR is equally interested in identifying and ameliorating laws and legal practices that unintentionally harm health. PHLR’s purpose is to answer important questions, such as: How does law influence health and health behavior? Which laws have the greatest impact? Can current laws be made more effective through better enforcement, or do they require amendment
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PfP 2012 Highlights

Program Resources

Research Briefs

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Peers for Progress 2012 Highlights

AHRQ Policy Innovation: Minnesota CHW Alliance

Caring for Volunteers: A Psychosocial Support Toolkit

7th Annual Collaborative Diabetes Education Conference (Orange County, CA, USA; Jan 18-19, 2013)

Excellence in Diabetes 2013, (Istanbul, Turkey; Feb 6-9, 2013)


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