Peers for Progress e-News                   February 19, 2014
Better Communicators, Bigger Impacts
Anyone that has worked in counseling can attest to the importance of communication skills for developing relationships and building motivation for behavior change. This issue of the newsletter shares some insights into how peer support programs can strengthen their communication trainings to help achieve bigger, lasting impacts. We also share some useful resources on key communication skills for peer support.


Strengthening Peer Support Communication Skills
Communication skills are regarded as a core competency for peer supporters and enhance their ability to deliver the key functions of peer support. Through our collaborations with programs around the world, Peers for Progress has identified several key issues around the training of peer supporters in communications. [Read more]          

Peers for SafeTalk: Can a Motivational Interviewing-based Safer Sex Program for Persons Living with HIV be adapted for Peer Delivery?
Carol Golin, MD and Marlyn Allicock, PhD presented this webinar to the National Peer Support Collaborative Learning Network on January 30th. Watch the video or download the slides.

Upcoming Webinar: Integrating Peer Support in Primary Care
Thursday, February 27, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative will host a webinar featuring Ed Fisher, Global Director of Peers for Progress, and Leticia Ibarra, Director of Programs at Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo. They will present on ways in which peer support can enhance primary care, chronic disease management, and behavioral health. [Register]

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Program Resources    

Video: Introduction to Motivational Interviewing for Community Health Workers

Motivational interviewing, an evidence-based strategy, is used to build rapport during early stages of peer support relationships and to strengthen patients’ motivation and commitment to changes. Dr. Keri Bolton Oetzel from the University of New Mexico talks about integration of motivational interviewing into community health work practice. [Watch more]

Nonverbal Communication in Health Care Settings

Nonverbal communication plays an important role in peer support. This paper by Nalini Ambady and Robert Rosenthal explains how nonverbal communication can influence interpersonal relationships in health care settings. [Read more]

Video: Coaching Patients for Successful Self-Management

Peer supporters must work closely with chronically ill patients to encourage healthy behaviors. In this 14-minute video from the California HealthCare Foundation, Dr. Tom Bodenheimer, at the University of California, San Francisco and San Francisco General Hospital, presents on how peer supporters can help patients develop a realistic action plan and utilize essential coaching techniques to encourage healthy behavior change and medication adherence. [Watch more]

Best Practices Guidelines for Implementing and Evaluating Community Health Worker Programs in Health Care Settings

This report from the Sinai Urban Health Institute is intended to be a blueprint for health care organizations interested in implementing the CHW model. These practice guidelines were developed to address gaps in the CHW professional literature and assist health care administrators, public health professionals, health care providers, CHWs, and communities in designing and implementing CHW interventions grounded in evidence-based science. [Read More]

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Research Briefs 

Community Health Worker Integration into the Health Care Team Accomplishes the Triple Aim in a Patient-Centered Medical Home: A Bronx Tale

Community health workers are ideally suited to the care coordination niche within the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) team, but there are few case studies detailing how to accomplish this integration. This qualitative study documents how community health workers (CHWs) were integrated into a PCMH in South Bronx, New York. [Full Abstract]

Process Evaluation of a Promotora de Salud Intervention for Improving Hypertension Outcomes for Latinos Living in a Rural U.S.–Mexico Border Region

This process evaluation assessed the delivery of Corazón por la Vida, a 9-week promotora de salud-led curriculum to help Latinos manage and reduce hypertension risks in two rural/frontier counties in the New Mexico border region. The findings suggest that a promotora-led curriculum may be useful for promoting self-management of chronic disease in rural/frontier border Latino populations. [Full Abstract]

A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating the Efficacy of Peer Mentors to Support South African Women Living with HIV and Their Infants

Rotheram-Borus and colleagues conducted this RCT to evaluate the effect of clinic-based support by HIV-positive Peer Mentors on maternal and infant well-being among Women Living with HIV from pregnancy through the infant’s first year of life. Significant overall benefits were found in the enhanced intervention compared to standard care. Participants reported significantly fewer depressive symptoms and fewer underweight infants, and were more likely to exclusively breastfeed for at least 6 months. [Full Abstract]

Telephone Based Self-Management Support by 'Lay Health Workers' and 'Peer Support Workers' to Prevent and Manage Vascular Diseases: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Positive effects were found for telephone self-management interventions via 'lay health workers' and 'peer support workers' for patients on diabetes control and self-management outcomes, but the overall evidence base was limited in scope and quality. [Full Abstract]

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Funding Opportunities 

Translational Research to Improve Obesity and Diabetes Outcomes (R01)

Deadline: March 5, 2014
Funds: Not limited/Max 5 years

This FOA encourages projects to test practical, sustainable, and cost efficient adaptations of efficacious strategies or approaches to prevent and treat diabetes and/or obesity. Research focused on the prevention or reversal of obesity, prevention of type 2 diabetes, improved care of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, or the prevention or delay of the complications of these conditions is encouraged. The approaches tested should have the potential for wide dissemination and implementation outside of an academic setting such as in routine clinical practice or communities at risk. [Read More]

Addressing Health Disparities in NIDDK Diseases (R01)

Deadline: March 5, 2014
Funds: Not limited/Max 5 years

The NIDDK seeks research to improve understanding of the causes of high priority diseases in the United States and to develop and test more effective interventions for reducing/eliminating health disparities. Research is encouraged in the following high priority diseases within the scientific mission areas of the NIDDK: diabetes, obesity, nutrition-related disorders, etc. [Read More]

Prevention and Treatment of Obesity, Diabetes, and Chronic Kidney Disease in Military Populations (R01)

Deadline: June 14, 2014
Funds: Not limited/Max 5 years

The goal of this FOA is to encourage applications on prevention and treatment of obesity, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease in military personnel (active duty and retired) and their families. [Read More]

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Program Resources

Research Briefs

Funding Opportunities

Meetings and Events

  Please forward this e-newsletter to an interested colleague 

Strengthening Peer Support Communication Skills

Peers for SafeTalk Webinar

Intergrating Peer Support in Primary Care Webinar


Integrating Peer Support into Primary Care: Free PCPCC Webinar (February 27)

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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