Peers for Progress e-News                   October 30, 2013
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Peer support is being established as a key strategy in all phases of cancer care. For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re taking a look at how women with breast cancer and survivors are going online to find peer support. In this issue, you’ll find resources for cancer support groups developed by Cancer Australia and Cancer Council Australia, as well as the latest research in the field.


Connecting with Peers Online
In recent years, more and more women with breast cancer and survivors are seeking and finding support through online communities. Raising awareness of available online support resources can help programs reach those in need. Furthermore, greater understanding of how people integrate online and offline support will lead to more effective peer support programs. [Read More]            


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Program Resources    

Peer Support as Strategy for Patient Engagement, Prevention and Diabetes Management

This presentation was delivered by Juliana Chan, Ed Fisher, and Tim Daaleman at the AAFP Scientific Assembly in September 2013. [Read More]

Cancer Support Groups: A Guide to Setting Up Peer Facilitated Supports

This guide was developed by Cancer Australia to specifically address the needs of people affected by cancer who want to establish a peer support group for other people also affected by cancer. [Read More]

Cancer Support Groups: A Guide to Setting Up And Maintaining A Group

This guide was developed by Cancer Council Australia for community members interested in leading face-to-face cancer support groups, leaders of existing groups, and health professionals. First published in 2006, this guide has been used extensively in Australia for cancer peer support. [Read More]

Lay Health Advisor Training Manual for Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening
The North Carolina Breast Cancer Screening Program (NC-BCSP), based at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, is dedicated to reducing late-stage diagnosis of breast and cervical cancer in older African American women living in eastern North Carolina. The NC-BCSP offers its Lay Health Advisor Training Manual online. [Read More]



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Research Briefs 

What is the Role of Online Support from the Perspective of Facilitators of Face-to-Face Support Groups? A Multi-Method Study of the Use of Breast Cancer Online Communities

This study explores the role of online communities from the perspective of breast cancer survivors who are facilitators of face-to-face support groups. Respondents used online communities to address unmet needs during periods of stress and uncertainty. A multi-theory framework helps to explain the conditions influencing their use. [Full Abstract]

Implementing a One-on-One Peer Support Program for Cancer Survivors Using a Motivational Interviewing Approach: Results and Lessons Learned

Peer Connect matches cancer survivors and caregivers (guides) with those currently experiencing cancer-related issues seeking support (partners). Motivational interviewing (MI)-based communication skills are taught to provide patient-centered support. There is little guidance about MI-based applications with cancer survivors who may have multiple coping needs. This paper addresses the results and lessons learned from implementing Peer Connect. [Full Abstract]

The Art of Age-Appropriate Care: Reflecting on a Conceptual Model of the Cancer Experience for Teenagers and Young Adults

To refine a previously proposed conceptual model of the lived experience of cancer for young people, Fern and colleagues conducted 11 peer-to-peer interviews. Eight core themes emerged: impact of cancer diagnosis, information provision, place of care, role of health professionals, coping, peers, psychological support, and life after cancer. Age-appropriate information and support services that help young people deal with the impact of cancer on daily life and life after cancer must be made available. [Full Abstract] 

Lessons Learned from Two Peer-Led Mutual Support Groups

This case report and analysis describe the formation of two peer-led mutual support groups conducted within the context of a Veterans Administration Medical Center. Based on the success of one of these groups and the failure of the other, the authors offer several recommendations and suggestions to help promote this modality. [Full Abstract]


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Funding Opportunities 

NIMHD Social, Behavioral, Health Services, and Policy Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01)

Deadline: November 19, 2013
Funds: $250,000 per year

Investigators who conduct original and innovative social, behavioral, clinical, health services or policy research directed toward eliminating health disparities are invited to apply to this FOA. Projects that examine understudied health conditions; examine the effectiveness of interventions, services, or policies for multiple health disparity populations; and/or directly measure the impact of project activities on levels of health disparities are particularly encouraged
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Behavioral and Social Science Research on Understanding and Reducing Health Disparities (R01)

Deadline: February 2, 2014
Funds: Not limited

The purpose of this FOA is to encourage behavioral and social science research on the causes and solutions to health and disabilities disparities in the U. S. population. Emphasis is placed on research in and among three broad areas of action: 1) public policy, 2) health care, and 3) disease/disability prevention. Applications that utilize an interdisciplinary approach, investigate multiple levels of analysis, incorporate a life-course perspective, and/or employ innovative methods such as systems science or community-based participatory research are particularly encouraged. [Read More]

Health Promotion Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Males (R01)

Deadline: February 2, 2014
Funds: Not Limited

This initiative seeks applications from applicants that propose to stimulate and expand research in the health of minority men. Specifically, this initiative encourages applications focusing on the development and testing of culturally and linguistically appropriate health-promoting interventions designed to reduce health disparities among racially and ethnically diverse males and their subpopulations age 21 and older. [Read More]



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NEXT ISSUE: December


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Connecting with Peers Online

Peer Support as Strategy for Patient Engagement, Prevention and Diabetes Management


APHA 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition (Boston, MA; November 2-6, 2013)

Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes Webinar (Thursday, November 7, 2013; Noon - 1:30pm Eastern Time)

IDF World Diabetes Congress (Melbourne, Australia; December 2-6, 2013)

11th Promotores, Leaders and Community Health Workers Conference (Los Angeles, CA; December 6-7, 2013)


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