Peers for Progress e-News                        May 26, 2011

Peers for Progress Network Contributions at SBM

Peers for Progress (PfP), along with the principle investigators of several grantee projects, attended the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s (SBM) annual meeting at the end of April in Washington D.C. The PfP network presented a seminar on recruiting, training and evaluating peer supporters and a symposium on peer support across different settings. Here is a brief summary highlighting the PfP network activities at SBM and some reflections/lessons learned throughout this meeting. [Read the Brief]  [Comment on Facebook]


The complete presentations of the seminar and symposium can be found under Program Resources.


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Program Spotlights

MoPo Tsyo’s Highlights in Cambodia

The MoPoTsyo Patient Information Centre in Cambodia shares its latest developments, including progress on integrating the Peer Educator Networks into the public health care system, as well as a baseline study of an impact evaluation for patients with diabetes and hypertension. [Read more]


Deaf CHW Programs Sercing Deaf Immigrants


Featured by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Deaf Community Health Worker Initiative assists trained deaf community health workers (CHWs) to provide practical and social support to members of the Minnesota Deaf community, including deaf immigrants, in an effort to help them better understand medical information and become active participants in their own care. [Read more]

Watch a news video about using the deaf CHW approach to serve deaf immigrants.


CHWs on the Community Health Teams in Medical Homes: Vermont Blueprint for Health


Featured in the 2011 March edition of Health Affairs, the Vermont Blueprint for Health model reveals that community health teams in Medical Homes create a crucial link between primary care and community-based prevention of chronic disease. Community health workers (CHWs) on the team provide social support, and assist patients in daily living including connecting them to local resources. Recent analysis has shown a significant decrease in related health care utilization & costs. [Read more]



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Program Resources
2011 PfP SBM Seminar –Recruiting, Training and Evaluating Peer Supporters: The Peers for Progress Network

Drawing on the collective knowledge and experience of the Peers for Progress network, this seminar provides guidelines on how to design, implement and evaluate effective peer support programs as well as opportunities to learn through hands-on exercises, simulations, and discussion. [View the Presentations]

2011 PfP SBM Symposium- Peer Support across Cultural, National & Organizational Settings: Common Functions & Setting-Specific Features

This symposium introduces Peers for Progress and the utilization of four key functions to address the challenges of promoting peer support in different contexts. It also offers case examples of how these functions have been enacted around the globe in a variety of settings and demonstrates the effectiveness of this approach. [View the Presentations]

WHO's Global Evidence of Community Health Workers

Through a systematic review and country case studies, this report examines and summarizes the roles and impacts of community health workers (CHWs) across various contexts (e.g., regions, diseases), as well as provides programmatic and policy implications. It can help peer support programs utilizing CHWs to think broadly about contextual issues related to recruitment, training, supervision, evaluation and sustainability. [Read the Report]


The report is now listed under Peers for Progress Communicating Peer Support, Start a Program, and Manage Peer Support.



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Research Briefs

Social Support for Quitting Smoking

The study by Brothers and Borrelli explores the effects of different types of social support in helping Latino smokers quit smoking. (American Journal of Health Promotion, May-Jun 2011) [Full abstract]


Peer Mentors Reduce Psychiatric Rehospitalizations

In a randomized controlled trial of adults with major mental illness and multiple psychiatric hospitalizations, patients who received support from a peer mentor had fewer rehospitalizations and hospital days than those in the control condition. (Psychiatric Services, May 2011)[Full abstract]

Telephone-Based Peer Support Helps Increase Physical Activities

In a randomized controlled trial of inactive older adults, Castro et al. found that trained peer volunteers were able to effectively promote increased physical activity through telephone-based advice. (Health Psychology, May 2011) [Full abstract]


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Funding and Training Opportunities 


Chronic Illness Self-Management in Children and Adolescents

DEADLINE: June 5, 2011


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) are issuing a new funding opportunity for research that would advance chronic disease management in children and adolescents from the ages of 8-21. [More Info]


Grants for Social & Behavioral Health

DEADLINE: June 5, 2011


The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are seeking interdisciplinary research teams to create and implement highly innovative health-promoting programs (i.e. medication adherence, physical activity promotion, or chronic disease management). These programs must have a solid foundation in current research findings on human behavior and have a high potential for making a large impact. [More Info]


CDC Community Transformation Grants

DEADLINE: June 6,2011


The CDC has $100 million available to support evidence- and practice-based community and clinical prevention and wellness strategies through Community Transformation Grants, with an aim to prevent and control chronic disease.  A letter of Intent (LOI) is required for application and must be mailed in by the date stated above. [More Info]


Planning Grant for Community-based Primary Healthcare

DEADLINE: June 15, 2011


The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) are providing funding opportunities to facilitate the formation of research teams interested in chronic disease management and prevention and vulnerable populations. The goal of this funding is to form teams interested in competing for Team Grants in community based primary health care (CBPHC). [More Info]


Translational Research Project Grants

DEADLINE: July 1, 2011

Heart Research UK is seeking proposals for translational research in the field of chronic heart disease. Research can address issues ranging from prevention to rehabilitation. [More info]


National Science Foundation Research Grants

DEADLINE: July 15, 2011

The Social Psychology Program at the US National Science Foundation (NSF) is calling for research proposals focusing on human social behavior, with an emphasis on the role of culture and the life course perspective. Past research proposals have focused on issues such as group dynamics, social influence, and the physiological correlates of social behavior. Proposed research topics should be theoretically grounded with empirical backing. [More info]


Visit Peers for Progress Funding Opportunities for a complete listing of current funding & training opportunities


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Videos from Kuala Lumpur Meetings 

Anhui Institute of Health Education, Anhui CDC - China


Xuefeng Zhong, MPH

Eyes Wide Open... Learning More by Looking Broadly at Evaluations, Lessons Learned and Observations about the impact of Peer Support

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Peers for Progress Network Contributions at SBM


26th Annual Clinical Conference on Diabetes (May 26-29, Orlando, Florida)


1st Asia Pacific Conf on Controversies to Consensus Diabetes (June 2-5, Shanghai, China) 


ENDO 2011 - 93rd Annual Meeting & Expo (June 4-7, Boston, Massachusetts) 


Global Health Conference 2011 (June 13-17, Washington, D.C.)


ADA 71st Scientific Sessions (June 24-28, San Diego, California)



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