Peers for Progress e-News                       May 31, 2012

In this issue, we are featuring program examples and resources for low-resource settings. This includes:

- Diabetes Buddies Program in South Africa

-  A 3 part series of blog posts on the Peers for Progress Blog by Maurtis van Pelt on MoPo Tsyo's experience in scaling up and developing sustainable peer support interventions in Cambodia.

-  Public Health - Seattle & King County's Peer Support for achieving Independence in Diabetes program resources for a low income, ethnically diverse population.

Also, remember to check out the Peers for Progress meeting reflections on the 2012 Together on Diabetes Grantee Summit by Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation. You can learn more about keynote speakers from CDC et al., grantee panels, skills building workshop and other shared resources at 

Program Spotlight
Building a Sustainable Peer Support Model for LMICs

Similar to other Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs), South Africa’s health system faces many challenges in meeting the needs of people with diabetes The Diabetes Buddies program in South Africa, a Peers for Progress grantee project, has demonstrated that a peer support intervention can be a low-cost and sustainable model in LMICs.  [Read more]

PfP Blog: Maurist van Pelt’s 3 Part Series on Integration, Scaling up and Program Sustainability
During the 4th quarter of 2011, Peers for Progress (PfP) invited Maurist van Pelt, Director of MoPo Tsyo Patient Information Centre in Cambodia to write a three part series of guest blogs. Collectively these writings will provide a roadmap for scaling up the peer educator networks and developing sustainability for what is now still an intervention organized and facilitated by a Cambodian Non-Government Organization (NGO).  In case you miss it, here we would like to bring your attention to his very insightful sharing on the PfP Blog.
1. Part 1: Developing a Niche and Demonstrating Value

2. Part 2: Integration Makes Sense, but How

3. Part 3: Scaling Up    

Program Resources
Peer-AID for a Low Income, Diverse Population with Diabetes: Peer Supporter Protocols and Participant Materials
Public Health-Seattle & King County’s Peer Support for Achieving Independence in Diabetes (Peer-AID) program provides  in-home education and support by community health workers (CHWs) to a low income, ethnically diverse population with type 2 diabetes. Featured here are their CHW protocols and an education curriculum with 19 modules for participants. [CHW Protocols][Participant Materials]

Please visit the Peer-AID webpage for more information.

2012 BMSF Together on Diabetes Grantee Summit: PfP Reflections and Other Resources
In February 2012, Peers for Progress and our collaborators attended the first Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation‘s Together on Diabetes Grantee Summit in Atlanta, Georgia. This report highlights various presentations at the meeting and Peers for Progress’ reflections.  [Read more]

Research Briefs 

A Peers for Progress Grantee Project: Mobile Diabetes Peer Support

Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, PhD and colleagues examined the feasibility of mobile peer support as part of a multi component intervention for women with diabetes in Cape Town, South Africa. Program participants were linked with a buddy via mobile phones and received daily questions about health behaviors in addition to attending 12 weekly psychoeducational sessions. The response rate for the daily text questions was 29%. Additionally, the program had encouraging results for sustainability with all participants maintaining contact with group leaders one year later. (Diabetes Educ; April 2012) [Full abstract] 


Community Health Workers and Colorectal Cancer Screening in Kentucky

Feltner and colleagues examined the impact of a community health worker outreach program to provide education for colorectal cancer screening in Appalachian Kentucky. Trained CHWs held a face to face education session in a home or office visit with participants (n=637) who then completed a baseline and 6 month post education knowledge test. Mean knowledge scores increased significantly for participants and the participants reporting asking their health care provider about colorectal screening increased from 27.6 to 34.1%. (Soc Work Health Care; May 2012) [Full abstract]

Peer and Office Support for African Americans with Uncontrolled Hypertension
Turner and Colleagues evaluated a 4 year intervention with African American patients aged 40-75 with uncontrolled hypertension. The intervention group received three monthly calls from patients of the same practice with well-controlled hypertension. Members of the intervention experienced a significantly greater number of reductions of >5 mmHg in systolic blood pressure. Patients speaking with a peer also experienced significant overall reductions.  (J Gen Intern Med; May 2012) [Full abstract]
Evaluating Community Health Worker Training 
Ruiz and colleagues evaluated a core competency based CHW training program with a pilot group of diverse CHWs working in with New York Universities Prevention Research Center or a community based organization. The training totaled 105 hours and was broken into two separate sections focusing on transferable core competency skills and community academic initiatives specific skills. Attendees reported a 23% improvement in confidence from pretraining to posttraining and a 35% improvement in understanding the stages of change. (Am J Public Health; May 2012)[Full abstract]




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Funding Opportunities

Behavioral Interventions to Address Multiple Chronic Health Conditions in Primary Care

DEADLINE: June 5, 2012
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) are seeking proposals for behavioral interventions that target multiple health behaviors in patients with three or more co-morbid chronic illnesses or conditions. Proposals should target common behaviors across the co-morbid illnesses rather than individual illnesses. [More info]

NIH’s Virtual Reality Technologies for Research and Education in Obesity and Diabetes

Letter of Intent due June 11, 2012 (Preferred)
Application due July 11, 2012 
The overall goal is to develop the potential of Virtual Reality technologies as research tools for behavioral science-oriented studies in diabetes and obesity, and as practical tools for clinical and public health-level prevention and management of obesity and diabetes. [More info]

Comic Relief’s Mental Health Grants in UK

DEADLINE:   June 29, 2012
Comic Relief is accepting funding application for programs that increase access to appropriate services for young people (aged 11-25) with mental health problems including depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and eating disorders. Applications are also accepted for programs that provide training programs for those working with young people with mental health problems. [More info] 

National Innovative Research Grant (IRG)

DEADLINE: July 17, 2012
The American Heart Association is accepting applications for their summer of 2012 Innovative Research Grants. The objectives of these funds are to support highly innovative, high-risk, high-reward research that could ultimately lead to critical discoveries or major advancements that will accelerate the field of cardiovascular and stroke research. Proposals are encouraged from all basic disciplines as well as epidemiological, behavioral, community and clinical investigations that bear on cardiovascular and stroke problems. [More info]

More opportunities can be found on the Peers for Progress website - Funding Opportunities page.
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 Program Spotlight

Program Resources

Research Briefs

Funding Opportunities

Meetings and Events

  Please forward this e-newsletter to an interested colleague 

Diabetes Buddies program

Maurits van Pelt’s Blog Posts

Peer-AID Program Resources

2012 BMSF Together on Diabetes Grantee Summit

ADA’s 72nd Scientific Sessions (San Diego, CA, USA; June 8-12)

MDA’s 3rd National Diabetes Conference (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; June 22-23)

ENDO 2012 (Houston, TX, USA; June 23-26)

APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition (Charlotte, NC, USA; June 26-28)

NCLR Annual Conference (Las Vegas, NV, USA; July 7-10)


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