Better Supervision of Peer Supporters 
Peers for Progress Newsletter
                    March 25, 2015

Ongoing Monitoring, Supervision and Support

In this spotlight, adapted from a chapter in the Peers for Progress Comprehensive Program Development Guide, you’ll find useful tips and a wide variety of resources for managing and supervising peer supporters. [Read more]

Solutions to Problems in Managing Peer Supporters

To explore the types of problems that arise with peer supporters, Peers for Progress surveyed our grantee projects and asked them to share examples of problems they encountered and their solutions. [Read more]

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Program Resources    

Supervisor Guide: Peer Support Whole Health and Wellness

This manual establishes the purpose of supervising peer supporters, along with the processes for setting up a relationship between the supervisor and the coach. Strategies for integrating the coach into the team/agency culture and important supervision issues are highlighted. [Read more]

Supervision of Community Health Workers

This chapter from MCHIP provides an overview of challenges and strategies for supervising community health workers around the world. [Read more]

Supervision of Community Health Workers in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

The Peers for Progress blog looks at gold standards and innovative approaches to CHW supervision in low- and middle-income countries. [Read more]

Online Course on Supervising Certified Peer Support Specialists

This free, three-hour course is designed to assist managers and supervisors wishing to enhance their skills supervising Peer Support Specialists. [Read more]


Research Briefs 

Community Health Worker Interventions to Improve Glycemic Control in People with Diabetes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Key Findings: CHW interventions showed a modest reduction in A1c compared to usual care. A1c reduction was larger in studies with higher mean baseline A1c. [Abstract]

Emotional Support for Diabetes Management: An International Cross-Cultural Study

Key Findings: Across different settings and populations, emotional support for diabetes management evolved over time, was often integrated with informational support, and emerged through both implicit and explicit strategies that addressed varied context-specific stressors. [Abstract]

Improving Heart Healthy Lifestyles among Participants in A Salud Para Su Corazón Promotores Model: The Mexican Pilot Study, 2009-2012

Key Findings: A cardiovascular health promotion and disease prevention intervention resulted in significant improvements in some heart-healthy habits were seen among adult participants. The model has potential to improve heart-healthy habits and facilitate behavioral change among high-risk adults. [Abstract]

Community Health Workers as Agents of Health Promotion: Analyzing Thailand's Village Health Volunteer Program

Key Findings: This qualitative study identifies the strengths and tensions within the VHV program and best practices in supporting and assessing community health worker efforts. [Abstract]


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Funding Opportunities 

Self-Management for Health in Chronic Conditions (R01)

Deadline: June 5, 2015
Funds: Not limited / Max 5 years

Supports an initiative that focuses on self-management as a mainstream science in order to reduce the burden of chronic illnesses/conditions. [Read more]

Advancing Interventions to Improve Medication Adherence (R21)

Deadline: June 16, 2015
Funds: $275,000 total / 2 years

Supports research and development of interventions to significantly improve medication adherence in individuals. Applications may target medication adherence in the context of treatment for a single illness or chronic condition, to stave off a disease recurrence or for multiple comorbid conditions. [Read more]


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Program Resources

Research Briefs

Funding Opportunities

Meetings and Events

  Please forward this e-newsletter to an interested colleague 

25th Annual Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference (March 30 – April 3 in San Diego, CA)

38th Annual Rural Health Conference (April 14-17 in Philadelphia, PA)

National Council for Behavioral Health Conference ’15 (April 20-23 in Orlando, FL)

36th SBM Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions (April 22-25 in San Antonio, TX)


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