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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 Peers for Progress investigators and the National Peer Support Collaborative Learning Network in San Francisco, California. Over two packed days, we reviewed the state of the evidence in peer support for diabetes management and looked ahead to the future. Reminded of our common principles and the importance of this work, we found in San Francisco the vision and the resolve to move forward.

In this newsletter, you can read our reflections and find resources developed for the meeting.

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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 benefited from peer support, or do you know someone who is a dedicated peer supporter? We’re looking to you to share your experiences and/or observations with real stories and images of peer support in the field.

Peers for Progress is delighted to invite peer supporters, colleagues, managers, peer support recipients or family members, friends or caregivers of service recipients to join the call for Essays, Photos and Videos. Awards ($50-200) for top submissions. See instructions under the links for more details.

Submissions can focus on your personal successes or challenges providing peer support to others, or observations on the benefit of receiving peer support. We want to celebrate peer support and inspire others to get involved, demonstrate the unique value of peer support, and inspire empathy, compassion and action to promote peer support.

Submissions should be received between Wednesday, June 11 and Friday, August 15, 2014. There are three submission categories:


Essay, Tell Your Story

Photo, Peers-Supporting-Peers

Video, Share Your Insights on Peer Support


Click on the link for each category for details and submission guidelines. Please contact Huyen Vu at huyenvu@email.unc.edu or 919-445-9385 with any questions. Thank you for sharing your story with us!



Sustainable Financing for Peer Support Within Reach


May 2014 Newsletter

For a long time, peer support programs have been funded by a patchwork of short-term grant funding. Within the past ten years, states have started to recognize the benefits of financing peer support programs through dependable channels of reimbursement. Our spotlight this month looks at sustainable financing models for peer support and key trends to watch for in the future. Additional information on financing may be found in the program resources section.

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