Accelerating Best Practices in Peer Support Around the World



How Limited Workforce Capacity Hinders Providers’ Buy-In In China

Reflections on Program Development in China

Maggy Coufal, MA, MPH

As part of our mission to accelerate best practices in peer support and provide technical assistance to healthcare organizations around the world, Peers for Progress has been collaborating closely with the Chinese Diabetes Society’s Education and Management Group (CDS-EMG) and Dr. Zilin Sun at Zhongda Hospital in Nanjing. Our focus is on training and ongoing consultation for peer support program development and implementation. To date, we have trained healthcare providers from about 30 hospitals and community health centers in China.

In spite of these accomplishments, many organizational and system challenges continue to hinder the integration of peer support into the Chinese healthcare system. In this blog, I will share my personal observations and reflections on how limited workforce capacity can impede buy-in from healthcare providers such as diabetes specialists, primary care physicians, and nurses. I…


Cultural Adaptation Series: Collaborating on Diabetes Peer Support in China

Patrick Tang is the newest member of the Peers for Progress Program Development Center. He will be contributing to blogs, newsletters and Peers for Progress publications. In this blog, Pat shares his first experiences in the field of peer support while working on program development for diabetes self-management in Nanjing, China.

One year ago, I traveled to Nanjing, China to work on a peer support pilot program for diabetes self-management. Under the direction of Dr. Zilin Sun and the support of the award-winning diabetes education team at Zhongda Hospital, we designed a training curriculum for peer leaders, developed Mandarin language train-the-trainer guides, and adapted process and outcome evaluation tools for the peer support program. The culmination to the summer was a weekend retreat during which we successfully trained 11 peer leaders to provide the four core functions of peer support: provide assistance in daily management, offer social and emotional support, link…

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