A Learning Community of Peer Support

Peers for Progress is building a Global Network of Peer Support Organizations, and invites you to join in this global endeavor.

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Peer Support Works

Practical, social, and ongoing support from “people like me” is a powerful tool for managing health. Peer support improves health outcomes, quality of life, and costs associated with health care.

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Peer Support Around the World

Peer support programs and organizations – from small-budget volunteer programs to official parts of health care systems – exist all around the world.

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Best Practices in Peer Support

Together, we can build a “state-of-the-art” for doing, evaluating, and enhancing peer support.

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8,760 hours per year “on your own”

Other than 6 hours/year (avg.) with a health care provider, people are often “on your own” to manage health. This is where peer support can help - providing practical support for daily tasks, social support to stay motivated and handle stress, and help to stay connected to clinical care.

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From The Blog

CHW Care for Latinos with Diabetes: The DIALBEST Study

Clayton Velicer, MPH In our August Newsletter we highlighted the growth of community health workers (CHWs),...

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Why Does Peer Support Work? Change Mechanisms Underlying Mental Health Peer Support

Huyen Vu, MSPH Involving peer support workers in mental health services is an effective means to improve the...

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CHWs Engage Chicago Community at Fiesta del Sol Festival

Yudy Galvan and Lizette Martinez Alivio Medical Center Evoking the energy and warmth of the sun, the Fiesta del Sol...

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Headlines & Features

Global Evidence for Peer Support: Humanizing Health Care

  Peers for Progress, a program of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, today announced the...

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Latino Communities Spur Growth of CHWs

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the community health worker (CHW) workforce is expected to increase...

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Peer Support Finds Heart in San Francisco

June 2014 Newsletter From June 17-18, Peers for Progress and the National Council of La Raza hosted a meeting of...

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Scientific Evidence

Peer Support for Patients with Type 2 Diabetes in Rural Communities of China

BMC Public Health. 2014 Jul 23;14:747. [Pubmed Abstract] Peer support for patients with type 2 diabetes in rural...

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Impact of State Certification of CHWs on Team Climate Among Registered Nurses in the US

Community Health. 2014 Jul 25. [Pubmed Abstract] The Impact of State Certification of Community Health Workers on...

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A Change Model for Peer Worker Interventions in Mental Health

Epidemiol Psychiatr Sci. 2014 Jul 3:1-11. [Pubmed Abstract] Developing a change model for peer worker interventions...

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