Accelerating Best Practices in Peer Support Around the World

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4.27.15

Partners in Health: A Conceptual Framework for the Role of CHWs in Facilitating Patients’ Adoption of Healthy Behaviors

Am J Public Health. 2015 May;105(5):872-80. [Pubmed Abstract]

Partners in Health: A Conceptual Framework for the Role of Community Health Workers in Facilitating Patients’ Adoption of Healthy Behaviors
Katigbak C, Van Devanter N, Islam N, Trinh-Shevrin C

Abstract
We formulated a conceptual framework that begins to answer the national call to improve health care access, delivery, and quality by explaining the processes through which community health workers (CHWs) facilitate patients’ adoption of healthy behaviors. In September 2011 to January 2012, we conducted a qualitative study that triangulated multiple data sources: 26 in-depth interviews, training documents, and patient charts. CHWs served as partners in health to immigrant Filipinos with hypertension, leveraging their cultural congruence with intervention participants, employing interpersonal communication techniques to build trust and rapport, providing social support, and assisting with health behavior change. To…

10.9.14

Integrating CHWs into a PCMH for a Vietnamese American Population

Health Promot Pract. 2014 Aug 19. [Pubmed Abstract]

Integrating Community Health Workers Into a Patient-Centered Medical Home to Support Disease Self-Management Among Vietnamese Americans: Lessons Learned
Wennerstrom A, Bui T, Harden-Barrios J, Price-Haywood EG

There is evidence that patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) and community health workers (CHWs) improve chronic disease management. There are few models for integrating CHWs into PCMHs in order to enhance disease self-management support among diverse populations. In this article, we describe how a community-based nonprofit agency, a PCMH, and academic partners collaborated to develop and implement the Patient Resource and Education Program (PREP). We employed CHWs as PCMH care team members to provide health education and support to Vietnamese American patients with uncontrolled diabetes and/or hypertension. We began by conducting focus groups to assess patient knowledge, desire for support, and availability of…

6.4.14

Training peer educators to promote self-management for serious mental illness and diabetes

Prim Health Care Res Dev. 2014 Apr 7:1-11. [PubMed Abstract]

Training peer educators to promote self-management skills in people with serious mental illness (SMI) and diabetes (DM) in a primary health care setting
Blixen C, Perzynski A, Kanuch S, Dawson N, Kaiser D, Lawless ME, Seeholzer E, Sajatovic M

Background
The mortality of patients with both SMI and DM is high. Illness self-management includes medications, psychosocial treatments, and healthy behaviors, yet treatment engagement is often sub-optimal with adherence rates of 52% for diabetic medications and 62% for antipsychotic medications among the SMI. To address this problem, a new behavioral intervention study targeting SMI and DM self-management used trained peer educators (PEs) with the same chronic conditions to enhance program effectiveness. A manual facilitated training on intervention topics such as SMI and DM therapies, stress management, and stigma reduction as well as training in group intervention…

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