Special Publications in Peer Support  
Peers for Progress Newsletter
                    October 21, 2015

Special Publications in Peer Support

Special publications like the ones highlighted in this spotlight advance the field by helping practitioners develop and improve programs, and by encouraging policymakers to support solutions that work. We hope that these special publications add more weight to the momentum that will push our field to the tipping point. [Read more]

Peers for Progress Supplement in the Annals of Family Medicine
This supplement of Annals of Family Medicine is devoted to peer support and the work of Peers for Progress collaborators. The papers range widely across continents and across topics, from additional evidence for the benefits of peer support, to dissemination in primary care, to statistical methods and ethics. [Read more]

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Program Resources    

Institute for Healthcare Improvement Innovation Report: Community-Based Behavioral Health Integration

This report identifies four populations who could be well-served by community-based behavioral health integration and potential interventions to support these populations; describes the role and key functions of community health workers (CHWs), the dominant intervention implemented to support this population; and discusses two key areas for future research and application of improvement science. [Abstract]

Millennium Villages CHW Training Package

The following training package was developed to train and support professionalized CHWs and their community-based supervisors in the Millennium Villages Project. CHWs in the Millennium Villages provide maternal and child health services at the household and in the community in rural sub-Saharan Africa. [Abstract]

WHO: Training of CHWs and Community Volunteers for Tuberculosis Prevention, Care, and Support

This guide is designed to assist facilitators in training CHWs and CVs in integrating community-based TB services into their work. The training will help community workers who already provide numerous services to understand TB and contribute to prevention, care and support services in their communities. [Read more]

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Research Briefs  

Key Features of Peer Support in Chronic Disease Prevention and Management

This article in Health Affairs discusses findings from Peers for Progress, to examine when peer support does not work, guide dissemination of peer support programs, and help integrate approaches such as e-health into peer support. Challenges for policy makers going forward include encouraging workforce development, balancing quality control with maintaining key features of peer support, and ensuring that under-resourced organizations can develop and manage peer support programs. [Abstract]

Strategies to Improve the Integration of CHWs Into Health Care Teams: "A Little Fish in a Big Pond"

Feelings of organizational support were positively correlated with the number of CHWs in the organization. CHWs reported the following facilitators to integration: having team meetings (73.7%), training inside (70.4%) and outside of the organization (81.6%), access to electronic health records, and ability for CHWs to stay connected to the community. [Abstract]

CHW Home Visits for Medicaid-Enrolled Children With Asthma: Effects on Asthma Outcomes and Costs

A streamlined CHW asthma home visit program for children with uncontrolled asthma improved health outcomes and yielded a return on investment of 1.90. [Abstract]

Costs and Cost-Effectiveness of CHWs: Evidence from a Literature Review

Existing evidence suggests that, compared with standard care, using CHWs in health programs can be a cost-effective intervention in low and middle income countries, particularly for tuberculosis, but also - although evidence is weaker - in other areas such as reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, and malaria. [Abstract]

CHWs: Potential Allies for the Field of Psychiatric Rehabilitation?

By reaching out to local community health worker programs, conducting cross-training, and exploring new funding opportunities presented by health care reform, we may be able to enrich the multidisciplinary, collaborative ethos that makes psychiatric rehabilitation so relevant and effective. [Abstract]


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Funding Opportunities 

Networks to Develop Priority Areas of Behavioral & Social Research (R24)

Deadline: December 14, 2015
Funds: $750,000 total / 5 years

Provides infrastructure support for advancing development of specific high priority areas of behavioral and social research of relevance to aging. The infrastructure support will facilitate research networks through meetings, conferences, small scale pilots, educational opportunities, and dissemination to encourage growth and development of specified priority areas and of broad community resources for advancing research in the field. [Read more]

Clinical Trials to Test the Effectiveness of Treatment, Preventive, and Services Interventions (R01)

Deadline: December 14, 2015
Funds: No limit / 5 years

Supports clinical trials designed to test the therapeutic value of treatment and preventive interventions for which there is already evidence of efficacy, for use in community and practice settings. [Read more]

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Program Resources

Research Briefs

Funding Opportunities

Meetings and Events

   Please forward this e-newsletter to an interested colleague 


143rd APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition (October 31 – November 4 in Chicago, IL)

27th Rural Health Policy Institute (February 2-4 in Washington, D.C.)

Association for Community Health Improvement National Conference (March 1-3 in Baltimore, MD)

The Diabetes UnConference (March 10-13 in Las Vegas, NV)

National Association of Community Health Centers Policy and Issues Forum (March 16-19 in Washington, D.C.)

37th Society of Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting (March 30 – April 2 in Washington, D.C.)

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