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

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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Diabetes Education is Only the Start

Sarah Kowitt, MPH   This past week, I was in Orlando, FL for the American Association of Diabetes...

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Headlines & Features

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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Share Your Story, Photos, or Videos

We Want to Hear From You! Are you a peer supporter for others with whom you share a chronic condition? Have you...

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Scientific Evidence

CHWs as an Integral Strategy in the REACH U.S. Program to Eliminate Health Inequities

Health Promot Pract. 2014 Jul 25. [Pubmed Abstract] Community Health Workers as an Integral Strategy in the REACH...

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MATCH: An RCT of a CHW Intervention for Mexican Americans with Diabetes

Am J Public Health. 2014 Aug;104(8):1540-8. [Pubmed Abstract] Mexican American trial of community health workers: a...

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CHW-Assisted Diabetes Self-Management Support: An RCT

Contemp Clin Trials. 2014 Jun 20. [PubMed Abstract] Peer Support for Achieving Independence in Diabetes (Peer-AID):...

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