Peers for Progress e-News                   January 22, 2014
Diabetes Peer Support in the Western Pacific Region
The Western Pacific Region is home to a third of all people with diabetes and has the highest number of deaths attributable to diabetes. Participants at the World Diabetes Congress in Melbourne affirmed the potential impact of peer support on the burden of diabetes in the Western Pacific Region. You can read the PfP Global Director’s commentary in this issue’s spotlight.

Our second spotlight this month recognizes a peer-led diabetes self-management support intervention in Vietnam. Unique to this program, and critical to its success, was that it used group education sessions to provide a warm hand-off for peers and peer leaders, providing opportunities to build rapport and practice peer support.


World Diabetes Congress 2013 in Melbourne
The International Diabetes Federation convened its 22nd World Diabetes Congress in Melbourne, Australia in December 2013. Peers for Progress and our colleagues around the world were invited to disseminate the latest findings on the role of peers in diabetes self-management education and support. [Read More]          

Warm Hand-Off and Rapport-Building Opportunities Lead to Program Success: A Vietnamese Peer Support Intervention for Diabetes
The growing burden of diabetes in Vietnam is outpacing the speed at which the health care system is developing. Peer support is an attractive strategy to build health care capacity and improve health outcomes for people with diabetes. The program described in this spotlight provides evidence for the acceptability and effectiveness of peer support for diabetes self-management in Vietnam. In the process, it shows us how important it is to provide warm hand-offs and foster rapport between peers and peer leaders. [Read More]


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Program Resources    

Centre of Excellence in Peer Support Training Modules
These three training modules are designed as self-directed resources to facilitate thoughtful and effective development of mental health peer support programs, including considerations for setting up a peer support group, setting up a peer support service, and operating a peer support service. [Read More]

Supervisor's Guide: Peer Support Whole Health and Wellness

This manual contains information, resources, and strategies that supervisors and managers of community behavioral health agencies can use to successfully introduce the Peer Support Whole Health and Wellness service and the Wellness Coach role into the Georgia service delivery system. Behavioral health providers in other states would also benefit from this guide. [Read More


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Research Briefs 

Evaluating the Selection, Training, and Support of Peer Support Workers in the United Kingdom

The article describes the preparation, selection, training, and support needed for a group of people with lived experience of mental distress/illness and mental health service use to work as peer support workers (PSWs). The PSWs were recruited to provide support alongside conventional aftercare to service users discharged from acute psychiatric units in London, England. [Full Abstract]

Effective Peer-to-Peer Support for Young People with End-Stage Renal Disease: A Mixed Methods Evaluation of Camp COOL

This Camp COOL program aims to help young Dutch people with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) develop self-management skills. Fellow patients already treated in adult care organize the day-to-day program, run the camp, counsel the attendees, and also participate in the activities. This study found that participating in the camp positively influenced self-management in this group. Support from young adults was beneficial for both attendees and buddies. [Full Abstract]

The Importance of Fidelity in Peer-Based Programs: The Case of the Wellness Recovery Action Plan

This expert account describes the efforts being made to preserve the evidence-based practice of the peer-based Wellness Recovery Action Plan in ways that sustain the core value of self-determination, maintain fidelity to its copyrighted curriculum, and support its positive impact for all people. [Full Abstract] 

Barriers and Facilitators to Diabetes Self-Management: Perspectives of Older Community Dwellers and Health Professionals in China

This qualitative study explored perceived barriers and facilitators to diabetes self-management through 4 focus groups sampled from two communities in Shanghai, China. Peer support emerged as a facilitator of self-management behaviors. [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]

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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Program Resources

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Meetings and Events

  Please forward this e-newsletter to an interested colleague 

World Diabetes Congress 2013 in Melbourne

A Vietnamese Peer Support Intervention for Diabetes


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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