Accelerating Best Practices in Peer Support Around the World



The Power of Social Connectedness

Michele Heisler, MD, MPA, Professor of Internal Medicine, Health Behavior, and Health Education at the University of Michigan explains why mobilizing social networks so powerful for health.

Talk delivered at a New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst event in April 2017.


UNC Peers for Progress Joins Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research

UNC Peers for Progress is proud to join the Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research (MCDTR) to foster rigorous translational research on peer support for the improvement of diabetes prevention, management, and quality-of-life. The new UM–UNC Peer Support Core is co-directed by Ed Fisher, PhD at UNC Peers for Progress and Michele Heisler, MD, MPA at the MCDTR.

The Specific Aims of the Core are:

To provide investigators with access to expertise and resources on peer support in order to promote innovative research that will accelerate the adoption and dissemination of effective and cost-effective peer support interventions.
To provide investigators technical assistance and training in peer support program development, implementation, evaluation, training, and quality improvement.
To strengthen the networking between investigators at Michigan, UNC Chapel Hill, and other universities doing research in or interested in research utilizing peer support.

The Core…


National Summit on Military and Veteran Peer Programs

The National Summit on Military and Veteran Peer Programs: Advancing Best Practices will take place on November 2nd and 3rd, 2016 in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan. Hosted by M-SPAN (Military Support Programs and Networks,, the Summit will convene university and VA researchers, leadership from peer programs across the country, military stakeholders, clinicians and service providers, military and veteran-focused non-profit agencies, and funding organizations to present best practices, foster collaboration, advance contributions to the field, and frame the direction of ongoing work.

The 2-day Summit will include a diverse program of keynotes, expert panels, and facilitated small group discussion. A highlight of this event will be the release of a RAND Research Brief on peer programs. Presentations will also cover such relevant topics as: highlights from effective programs; strategies for recruitment, training, and support of peers; case studies of…

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