Black History Month Special Issue 
Peers for Progress Newsletter
                    February 18, 2015

Model Peer Support Programs in African American Communities

In honor of Black History Month, we look at four peer support programs around the country that are making a difference in African American communities. [Read more]

Peer Support: A Day in the Life -- Promotores de Salud & Community Health Workers

How do community health workers provide support to minorities living with diabetes? We followed two peer supporters in Chicago, IL to learn what makes their work so effective and humanizing. [Watch now]

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Program Resources    

States Implementing CHW Strategies
Developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this new technical assistance guide provides insights for states that are implementing CHW strategies. [Read more]

With Every Heartbeat is Life: A CHW’s Manual for African Americans
A 12-lesson course on heart health education created for the African American community. Complete with activities, group idea starters, and reproducible handouts. [Read more]

The Future of CHWs in Maryland: Their Role in Achieving Health Equity
From Maryland’s 11th Annual Health Disparities Conference in October 2014, this packet contains conference presentations, CHW legislation, and selected resources from around the state. [Read more]

Research Briefs 

Diabetes Connect: African American Men's Preferences for a Community-Based Diabetes Management Program

Key Findings: African American men in Jefferson County, AL prefer CHWs to provide education, hold support groups, help track daily activities, and help find resources. [Abstract]

Engaging Faith-Based Resources to Initiate and Support Diabetes Self-Management among African Americans: A Collaboration of Informal and Formal Systems of Care

Key Findings: Diabetes for Life brought together the medical community and faith-based organizations. Early findings revealed positive changes among patients in (a) access to resources and support for disease management, (b) improvement in self-care activities, (c) trust and ability to communicate with health care provider, (d) overall health-related quality of life, and (e) improvement in a major clinical indicator of diabetes control. [Abstract]

Peer Navigation in African American Breast Cancer Survivors

Key Findings: The peer navigator intervention was acceptable and was feasible in outcomes of recruitment, cost, and time requirements. Improvements in symptom distress, perceived support from God, and preparedness for recovery outcomes were observed over time. [Abstract]

A Self-Management Intervention for African Americans with Comorbid Diabetes and Hypertension: A Pilot RCT

Key Findings: The intervention was more effective than usual care (short-term diabetes education) at improving glycemic control, but not weight, in low-income African Americans with comorbid diabetes and hypertension. [Abstract]


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Funding Opportunities 

Improving Diabetes Management in Young Children with Type 1 Diabetes (DP3)

Deadline: March 18, 2015
Funds: $1.4 million total / 5 years

Supports research to develop, refine, and pilot test innovative strategies to improve diabetes management in young children with type 1 diabetes (5 years old and under). [Read more]

Self-Management for Health in Chronic Conditions (R01)

Deadline: June 5, 2015
Funds: Not limited / Max 5 years

Supports an initiative that focuses on self-management as a mainstream science in order to reduce the burden of chronic illnesses/conditions. [Read more]

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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Program Resources

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Meetings and Events

  Please forward this e-newsletter to an interested colleague 

The Diabetes UnConference(March 12-15 in Las Vegas, NV)

NACHC Policy and Issues Forum (March 18-21 in Washington, D.C.)

7th National Medical Home Summit (March 23-25 in Philadelphia, PA)

25th Annual Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference (March 30 – April 3 in San Diego, CA)


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