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11.30.17

Community Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation for Interventions Engaging CHWs for Diabetes Management

Task Force Finding
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends interventions engaging community health workers for diabetes management based on strong evidence of effectiveness in improving glycemic and lipid control among participants with diabetes and reducing their healthcare use. Economic evidence indicates that interventions engaging community health workers for diabetes management are cost-effective.

Interventions engaging community health workers for diabetes management are typically implemented in underserved communities and can improve health, reduce health disparities, and enhance health equity.

Read the full CPSTF Finding and Rationale Statement for details including implementation issues, possible added benefits, potential harms, and evidence gaps.

6.14.17

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.

2.2.17

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…

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