New Conference Report on Peer Support in the Patient-Centered Medical Home  
Peers for Progress Newsletter
                    May 28, 2015

Peer Support in the Patient-Centered Medical Home and Primary Care

Given the reports of the contributions of peer support and CHWs to PCMHs and the centrality of their shared objectives and emphasis, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC), and Peers for Progress of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation organized a conference to highlight models of PCMH and primary care integration of CHWs, Promotores de Salud and other providers of peer support.

This report summarizes the discussions of the meeting, where we are headed in terms of CHW integration in to advanced primary care and the PCMH, and descriptions of ten model programs that presented at the meeting. [Read more]

Call to Action for CHWs Under the Affordable Care Act

To realize the potential of the Affordable Care Act and its provisions for CHW and other peer support services, a coalition of organizations make the following Call to Action. If your organization is interested in endorsing this Call to Action, please contact us at [Read more]


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Program Resources    

Bringing CHWs into the Mainstream of U.S. Health Care

This discussion paper from the Institute of Medicine charts a roadmap for the integration of CHWs into team-based primary care. [Read more]

Map of State CHW Models

From the National Academy for State Health Policy, this map highlights state activity to integrate CHWs into evolving health care systems in key areas such as financing, education and training, certification, and state definitions, roles and scope of practice. The map includes enacted state CHW legislation and provides links to state CHW associations and other leading organizations working on CHW issues in states. [Read more]

Primary Care Innovations and PCMH Map

From the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, this map includes a diverse range of programs using PCMH and enhanced primary care teams as the model for improving health care delivery. [Read more]

Peer Support: What Is It and Does It Work?

From Nesta and National Voices, this literature review analyzed over 1000 research studies on peer support from around the world to find out who is involved in it, the type of support provided and why. [Read more]

Research Briefs 

Effectiveness of Peer Support for Improving Glycaemic Control in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

Among 13 RCTs included in this review, peer support resulted in a significant reduction in HbA1c. Programs with moderate or high frequency of contact showed a significant reduction in HbA1c levels, whereas programs with low frequency of contact showed no significant reduction. The reduction in HbA1c was greater among patients with a baseline HbA1c ≥ 8.5% and between 7.5 ~ 8.5% than patients with HbA1c < 7.5%. [Abstract]

A Systematic Review of the Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Peer Education and Peer Support in Prisons

There is consistent evidence from a large number of studies that being a peer worker is associated with positive health; peer support services are also an acceptable source of help within the prison environment and can have a positive effect on recipients. [Abstract]

Nuevo Amanecer: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial of a Community-Based, Peer-Delivered Stress Management Intervention to Improve Quality of Life in Latinas With Breast Cancer

An 8-week cognitive-behavioral stress management program for Spanish-speaking Latinas with breast cancer improved physical well-being, breast cancer concerns, and overall quality of life at 6 months compared to control. Decreases were greater for depression and somatization. [Abstract]

The Emerging Diabetes Online Community

Common themes around participation include peer support, advocacy, self-expression, seeking and sharing diabetes information, improving approaches to diabetes data management, and humor. Initial research suggests a positive impact on emotional experiences, attitudes toward diabetes, and engagement in diabetes management behaviors. [Abstract]

Variations on the Village Model: An Emerging Typology of a Consumer-Driven Community-Based Initiative for Older Adults

Villages, which are community-based initiatives designed to help older adults age in place through a combination of services, participant engagement, and peer support, have expanded rapidly since their initial development in the early 2000s. This article helps us understand the implementation and sustainability of Villages, including whether specific Village types are best suited to certain community contexts. [Abstract]


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Funding Opportunities 

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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Meetings and Events

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NCLR National Conference (July 11-14 in Kansas City, MO)

Unity 2015 Conference (July 12-15 in Memphis, TN)

INAPS 2015 National Conference (August 20-21 in San Antonio, TX)


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