Peers for Progress
Volume 1, Newsletter 1Jan-2011
Program Spotlights

Black Caribbean Community in Toronto: the Black Creek Community Health Centre’s Diabetes Education Program.

We welcome the Black Creek Community Health Centre’s Diabetes Education Program as a new member of the Peers for Progress global network. Its collaborative initiative, Live, Learn and Share: Diabetes Peer Support Group Project, trained residents with diabetes from the Black Caribbean community to be peer facilitators, and involved them to develop a peer support group guide. [Read more]

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Mo Po Tsyo Highlights in Cambodia

The Mo Po Tsyo Patient Information Centre shares information about the World Diabetes Day’s celebration and other news. [Read more]

Research Briefs

Reduced stillbirths and neonatal mortality in Pakistan

Bhutta et al. found “Lady Health Workers” in Pakistan reduced stillbirths and neonatal mortality. Intervention included visits to neonates and group health education and promotion of antenatal care, immediate newborn care, and careseeking. While successful, LHWs completed only 63% of group classes and 24% of neonate visits, pointing to the need for increased funding “to achieve maximum potential.”  January 14, 2011 Lancet Epub [Full Abstract]

Swedish midwives view doulas as facilitators

A qualitative study by Akhavan & Lundgren examined midwives’ views of doula support for immigrant women in Sweden. Midwives saw doulas as facilitating their own work through providing early and ongoing support. Noted benefits included communication with women, expanding transcultural care, improving confidence, satisfaction, peace and security, and improving overall quality of care.. January 12, 2011 Midwifery Epub [Full Abstract]

How to train diabetes peer supporters

Tang et al. described the process of forming an interdisciplinary committee to guide and advise program and content development for a pilot training program for peer leaders in diabetes.  This resulted in a competency-based program, a 46-hour program with 2 training sessions conducted per week over a 12 week period focusing on knowledge building, skill development and application. January 10, 2011 Diabetes Educ [Full abstract]

Benefits of online peer support for depression

A review from Australian colleagues, Melling & Houguet-Pincham, examines online peer support services for those with depression and indicates they can provide various benefits but that current evidence is predominantly anecdotal, pointing to need for more research in the field.  2011 Psychiatr Rehab J [Full Abstract]

Institutional supports/obstacles for HIV peer support in India

A qualitative study by Scott & Shanker sheds light on hindrances to community health worker program addressing HIV in India. This study has identified outcome-based remuneration, poor institutional support, hierarchical structure of health system, and poor participation as obstacles, and demonstrated need for concrete institutional support for CHW programs.  2010 AIDS Care [Full Abstract]

Diabetes improved after phone calls with peers

Heisler et al. share key findings from a phone-call based peer partnership program in two VA health care facilities. Using a randomized, controlled trial, the patients in this program have shown significant improvement on HbA1c levels, diabetes social support and more, compared with those in the nurse care management group (Controlled group).  October 19, 2010 Annals of Internal Medicine [Full Abstract]

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Program Resources

Peers for Progress Webminar with Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute

Hosted by the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute, Drs. Edwin Fisher and Renée Boothroyd from Peers for Progress introduce the rationale and how to develop and manage peer support program, and share the knowledge and experience learned from the PfP global network.  [Watch the replay]

Guide for developing and managing a peer support program

This guide provides resources and interactive tools addressing organizational readiness, program development, program implementation, evaluation and sustainability. [Read the Guide] 

Group Guide helps Black Caribbeans to start a Diabetes Peer Support Program

This guide from the Black Creek Community Health Centre is unique in providing culturally appropriate information to help residents with diabetes from the Black Caribbean community to start Diabetes Peer Support Groups. Lessons learned can be used for serving other distinct populations. [Read the Guide]

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Funding & Training Opps

10th Annual International Research Internship for Health Science Researchers

DEADLINE: February 4, 2011

This is a unique opportunity for junior researchers to launch their careers and network internationally. The training will be held July 6-29 in Potchefstroom, South Africa and August 15-17 in participants’ home country via distance education. The training focuses on community health services and policy research, publication skills and research methods.

For application forms, contact Lizanne Visser at

2011 Mobile Health (mHealth) Summer Institute

DEADLINE: Thursday, March 3, 2011

This is an opportunity for early career investigators to learn about mHealth research in a collaborative team environment with mentorship from leaders in the fields of engineering, medicine and the behavioral and social sciences. Hosted by the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, and NIH Institutes, Centers and Federal partners, the five-day training will be held June 20-24, 2011 in San Diego, CA.  [More info]                          

Special Interest Project Funding for CDC-Funded Prevention Research Centers

DEADLINE: March 25, 2011

Supplemental funding for Prevention Research Centers will be used to design, test, and disseminate effective prevention research strategies in the areas of chronic disease prevention and control. Grant applications focus on vulnerable and underserved populations and use community-based participatory research in designing, testing, disseminating, or translating effective public health programs at the state and community level.  [More info]

The American Cancer Society’s RFA  for Pilot Studies through CBPR

DEADLINE: April 22, 2011

The American Cancer Society calls for applications for pilot research projects on effective interventions to reduce cancer health disparities at any stage of the cancer continuum.  [More info]

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Program Spotlights

Research Briefs

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Funding & Training Opps

Meetings & Events

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Register now for the annual SBM meeting to attend the Peers for Progress network symposium seminar and more (April 27-30 in Washington, DC). 

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

  • recruiting, training, and evaluating peer supporters
  • peer support across cultural, national and organizational settings
  • adherence to diabetes mellitus medication in a Latino population.

To learn more about the topics & presenters click here

To register for the SBM meeting, click here

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