Great Challenges in Peer Support

  Peers for Progress Newsletter
                          July 23, 2014
As the evidence base for peer support grows stronger, our attention turns to the most pressing challenges for the future of the field. This issue of the Peers for Progress newsletter looks at scaling up peer support to state and national levels. And under program resources, you’ll find briefs that touch on quality assurance and sustainability.

Speaking of quality assurance, we want to hear about CHWs opinions on training and certification. Help us and our partners by taking this short survey or by sending the link to CHWs that may be interested. The survey is available in both English and Spanish. Thanks!


Priorities in Scaling Up Peer Support

There are many successful models of peer support for chronic disease management, but the challenge lies in taking these programs to scale. In 2013, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs saw the largest expansion of peer specialists to date. We sat down with an experienced peer specialist at the Durham North Carolina VA Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center to get an inside look at the scale up process. [Read more]

Share Your Story, Photos, or Videos

Help us celebrate peer support, inspire others to get involved, and promote peer support. Send us your stories, photos, and videos about your personal experiences with peer support. Gift cards will be given to the top submissions. [Read more]

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Program Resources    

Project Descriptions of Peers for Progress Investigators

These practice-oriented profiles cover everything from recruitment and training to major challenges and key results. Use resources from these projects to develop, implement, and improve your own programs. This month, we feature a program from:

San Francisco, CA: Thomas Bodenheimer and David Thom [link]

Affordable Care Act Opportunities for Community Health Workers

The ACA has created significant incentives and opportunities to increase the role of CHWs in state Medicaid programs. This brief from the Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation at Harvard Law School reviews how Medicaid Preventive Services, Medicaid Health Homes, and State Innovation Models are opening doors for CHWs. [Read more]

Community Health Worker Credentialing

Developed by the Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation at Harvard Law School, this white paper provides an overview and analysis of state approaches to CHW credentialing. [Read more]

Research Briefs 

Peer Support for Achieving Independence in Diabetes (Peer-AID): Design, Methods and Baseline Characteristics of a Randomized Controlled Trial of Community Health Worker Assisted Diabetes Self-Management Support

In Washington State, Peer-AID recruited and enrolled a diverse group of low income participants with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes and delivered a home-based diabetes self-management program. If effective, replication of the Peer-AID intervention in community based settings could contribute to improved control of diabetes in vulnerable populations. [Abstract]

Improving Urban African Americans' Blood Pressure Control Through Multi-Level Interventions in the Achieving Blood Pressure Control Together (ACT) Study: A Randomized Clinical Trial

The Achieving Blood Pressure Control Together (ACT) study is a randomized controlled trial designed to study the effectiveness of interventions that engage patient, family, and community-level resources to facilitate urban African American hypertensive patients' improved hypertension self-management and subsequent hypertension control. Community health workers are included in all three trial arms of the 12-month intervention. [Abstract]

Peer Volunteers in an Integrative Pain Management Program for Frail Older Adults with Chronic Pain: Study Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial

This study aims to explore the effectiveness of an integrated pain management program supplemented with peer volunteers in improving pain intensity, functional mobility, physical activity, loneliness levels, happiness levels, and the use of non-pharmacological pain-relieving methods among frail older adults with chronic pain. [Abstract]

Adaptation of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program for Cancer Survivors: Feasibility, Acceptability, and Lessons for Implementation

Self-management in chronic disease has been shown to improve patient-reported and health care-related outcomes. However, relatively little information about its utility in cancer survivorship is known. Results from this study confirm the feasibility and acceptability of delivery of a high-fidelity, peer-led model for self-management support for cancer survivors. [Abstract]


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Funding Opportunities 

AHRQ Health Services Research Projects (R01)

Deadline: October 5, 2014
Funds: $250,000 annually / Max 5 years

AHRQ supports research, supports demonstration projects, and disseminates information on health care and on systems for the delivery of such care, including activities with respect to the quality, effectiveness, efficiency, appropriateness, and value of health care services. This award will support a discrete, specified health services research project that relates to the priority research interests of AHRQ. [Read more]

Behavioral Interventions to Address Multiple Chronic Health Conditions in Primary Care (R01)

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

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. The proposed approach must modify behaviors using a common approach rather than administering a distinct intervention for each targeted behavior and/or condition. [Read more]

Community Partnerships to Advance Research (R01)

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

The purpose of the funding opportunity is to stimulate researchers to partner with communities using Community Engaged Research (CEnR) methodologies that will enhance relationships leading to better interventions and positive health outcomes. [Read more]

Family-Centered Self-Management of Chronic Conditions (R21)

Deadline: October 16, 2014
Funds: $275,000 total / 2 years

The purpose of this FOA is to encourage research that seeks to build the science of family-centered self-management (FCSM) in chronic conditions. FCSM recognizes and addresses family needs and preferences, and integrates family members as partners in care while promoting individual self-management. [Read more]


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Program Resources

Research Briefs

Funding Opportunities

Meetings and Events

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Priorities in Scaling Up Peer Support


AADE Annual Meeting (August 6-9 in Orlando, FL)

NACHC Community Health Institute & Expo (August 22-26 in San Diego, CA)

NAMI 2014 National Convention (September 3-6 in Washington, D.C.)

AAFP National Assembly (October 21-25 in Washington, D.C.)

APHA 142nd Annual Meeting (November 15-19 in New Orleans, LA)


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