Peers for Progress e-News                        March 28, 2012
Over the past several years, Peers for Progress (PfP) has reached out to leaders in China who have expressed an interest in peer support programs. In the summer of 2011, PfP was able to formalize an in-country network within China that facilities learning, exchange and collaboration among those interested in peer support for health. In this issue, we are featuring the network conference held in Beijing in February.
Program Resources
Peer Supporter Recruitment: Job Description Examples
Minnesota Community Health Workers Alliance’s website provides job description examples for hiring community health workers. This is a wonderful resource for peer support recruitment. [Read more]

You can also find this link and other similar resources under Recruitment on the Peers for Progress website.

Make it Your Own (MIYO): Creating Customized Health Materials for your Community
This cyber-seminar features MIYO (Make It Your Own), a web-based system that gives community partners the tools to create customized, culturally appropriate health materials targeted to their audience without having to develop them from scratch. It was created by the Health Communication Research Lab at the Washington University in St. Louis.  Their experience provides innovative ideas for how peer support programs can use web-based tools for dissemination and tailoring. [Watch the replay]

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 commonalities of peer support by Oldenburg et al.
- A symposium on impacts of “organizational home” on sustainability of peer support programs by Boothroyd et al.

Check out an updated version of the presentations preview with information on locations and times.
Research Briefs 

Community Health Workers Assisting Patients with Diabetes Self-Management 

Hargraves et al. examined the impact of integrating community health workers (CHWs) into community health centers. CHWs were trained for 3 months and assigned to work with patients to increase diabetes self-management and establish linkages to community resources. Patients working with CHWs had a significant increase in self-management goal setting compared to patients in the control group health centers. (J Ambul Care Manage, Jan-March 2012) [Full abstract]

Employing Nonclinical Laypersons to Help Primary Care Teams Manage Chronic Disease
Adair et al. reported that lay persons ("care guides") without previous clinical experience hired to primary care clinics improved patient’s management of diabetes, hypertension and congestive failure.  The lay persons were trained for 2 weeks and assigned to help 332 patients for one year.  Improvement was seen in tobacco usage, blood pressure control, pneumonia vaccination, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, annual eye examinations, and aspirin use. (J Ambul Care Manage, Jan-March 2012) [Full abstract]

Feasibility of Chronic Disease Patient Navigation in an Urban Primary Care Practice

Battaglia et al. evaluated an intervention that integrated lay health care workers trained in motivational interviewing (MI) into an existing mammography navigation program. Among patients that received MI-based telephone conversations with lay health workers, 94% scheduled, and 73% completed a mammography appointment. The authors concluded incorporating telephone-based chronic disease navigation supported by MI into existing disease-specific navigation is efficacious and acceptable to those enrolled. (J Ambul Care Manage, Jan-March 2012) [Full abstract]


Patient-Mentoring Intervention for outpatient HIV Care

Cully et al. pilot tested a standardized training program for patient-mentoring to increase adherence to outpatient HIV Care. Mentors received training over a 6-week period and required demonstration of adherence and skill. Data from the program provided preliminary evidence that peer mentors can be trained to levels necessary to ensure intervention fidelity, even within moderately complex behavioral-change interventions. (AIDS Patient Care STDS, March 2012) [Full abstract]
Peer Mentoring African American Veterans to Improve Glucose Control
Long and colleagues compared African American veterans with diabetes aged 50 to 70 years old randomly assigned to 1 of 3 groups: usual care, a peer mentoring group, and a financial incentives group. Participants in the peer mentoring group showed the most improvement with a reduction in hemoglobin A1c from 9.8% to 8.7% over the 6 month intervention.  (Ann Intern Med, March 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
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]

Medication Adherence Improvement in Primary Care
DEADLINE: June 5, 2012/varies

The US National Institute of Health (NIH) is issuing an FOA for program proposals that would increase medication adherence among patients with chronic illnesses in settings where primary care is delivered. The proposed study can focus either on one chronic illness or multiple co-morbid illnesses. Primary outcomes of the study should include a patient self-report of adherence, as well as a non self-report measurement instrument, and a biomarker. [More info]

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

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Peers for Progress Network Conference in China

 Preview Peers for Progress Network Presentations at 2012 Annual SBM Meeting

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


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