Peers for Progress e-News                        February 29, 2012
In 2011, Peers for Progress began planning for a project funded by the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation's (BMSF) Together on Diabetes Inititaive, entitled 'Diabetes Management through Peer Support and Community Outreach from the Patient-Centered Medical Home'. In this issue we would like to feature a key partner in the implementation of this project, Alivio Medical Center (Alivio) in Chicago, Illinois. 

Learn more about this project and other key partners.

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Program Spotlight
Alivio Medical Center and Its Compañeros en Salud Program

Alivio is a bilingual and bicultural organization with the Federally Qualified Health Center status that is devoted to providing access to quality, comprehensive, and affordable health care to the Hispanic and other underserved and vulnerable communities in Chicago. They are also unique in their active presence in the community through their advocacy and outreach peer support program, Compañeros en Salud. [Read the Spotlight report]


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Program Resources

Peers for Progress Network and 2012 Annual SBM Meeting
The Peers for Progress network will be presenting at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM). Topics will feature:

- A seminar on peer supporter training, ensuring competencies, and intervention tracking by Tang et al.

- A symposium on implementation differences and underlying commonalitites of peer support by Oldeburg et al.

- A symposium on impacts of "organizational home" on sustainability of peer support programs by Boothroyd et al.

To learn more about the topics, presenters and more, click here.

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Research Briefs 

Systematic Review on How Peer and Professional Support Can Help Women Breastfeed 

Nursing and Health Sciences released the results of a 31 article systematic review on woman’s perceptions and experiences of professional or peer breast feeding support. The review found breastfeeding occurs along a continuum from effective support called  “authentic presence” to ineffective support called “disconnected encounters”. The author’s noted women receiving peer support more commonly had authentic presence support because of  ongoing relationship and their supporter “being there.” (Nurs Health Sci, March 2012) [Full abstract]

Partnering with the Community as a Key Strategy for Program Recruitment 
Andreae et al report the success of their recruitment and data collection strategies with African American Adults in a rural southern community for a peer support diabetes self-management intervention ( a Peers for Progress grantee project). These include early community engagement and strong partnerships, pilot testing of procedures as well as provision of a multi-disciplinary diabetes education program for both intervention and control participants. These strategies resulted in 78.9% of referrals completing telephone screening and of those eligible 81.4% enrolled in the study. (Contemp Clin Trials; Feb, 2012) )(Epub ahead of print) [Full abstract]

Social Relationships Are Core to Lay Health Worker Programs- Lessons Learned from UK

South et al. examines perspectives of lay health workers on their roles within three UK community-based health promotion projects:  a breastfeeding peer support service, a walking for health scheme and a neighborhood health project.  Emphasizing the function and responsibilities, results show how those roles provided personalized support and facilitated engagement in group activities, and reveal lay health workers’ potential in actively engaging the community in the project through their social relationships with others in the community. (Health Educ Res, Feb, 2012) (Epub ahead of print) [Full abstract]


Virtual Coach for Physical Activity Shows Promise but Modest Initial Results

A “virtual coach”, intervention by Watson and colleagues, provided automated, animated personalized goal-setting and feedback through participants’ home computers.  Volunteer sample (BMI range 25-35, 97% college educated) wore pedometers and accessed a website to log and view step counts. Sixty-two of seventy participants completed study.  Relative to controls, activity levels were better maintained but other outcomes not affected. (J Med Internet Res, Jan 2012) [Full abstract]
Vitality Coach and Vitality Exercise in Worksite Setting
In a study by Strijk et al., workers randomized to weekly exercise, weekly yoga, unsupervised aerobic exercise and three visits to a “Vitality Coach” showed greater gains in physical activity than controls. ( J Epidemiol Community Health. Jan 2012)(Epub ahead of print)[Full abstract] 62/70 participants completed study.  Relative to controls, activity levels were better maintained but other outcomes not affected. (J Med Internet Res, Jan 2012)[Full abstract]



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Funding Opportunities

US HHS Seeking Proposals for Research in Chronic Disease                                                                 
DEADLINE: April 5, 2012
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is issuing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for research in chronic disease management and health promotion. Preference is given to research that addresses one of ten identified priority areas, which includes self management in chronic diseases and translational research.  [More info]

Integrated Health Care

DEADLINE: May 15, 2012

The Aetna Foundation is seeking grant applications that address the advancement of primary care, with a special emphasis on care coordination. This is a great opportunity to demonstrate the potential of peer support in linking care between the clinical team and patients. [More info

More opportunities can be found on the Peers for Progress website- Funding Opportunities Page.

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Meetings and Events

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Alivio Medical Center

 Preview Peers for Progress Network Presentations at 2012 Annual SBM Meeting

Diabetes UK Annual Professional Conference (Glasgow, UK; March 7-9. 2012)

Annual NIH Conference on Dissemination & Implementation:  Research at the Crossroads (Bethesda, Maryland, USA; March 19-20, 2012)

Annual Society of Behavioral Medicine Meeting (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; April 11-14, 2012)

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