Accelerating Best Practices in Peer Support Around the World

American Academy of Family Physicians


Report on Peer Support in Advanced Primary Care

Peer Support Shown to Relieve Community Health Burdens, Reduce Costs and Improve Access to Care
Report Focuses on Primary Care Settings and the Patient-Centered Medical Home
Leawood, KS – Today, Peers for Progress, a program of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC), and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) issued a report from their joint conference, held this spring. The conference explored the vital role that peer support through group visits, support groups or individual coaching provided by Community Health Workers (CHWs), Promotores de Salud, Navigators, and others can play in improving patient health outcomes, particularly when integrated into primary care and Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) settings.

Evidence presented at the conference demonstrated that CHWs and others providing peer support not only reduce healthcare costs and improve access to care, but also are practical and adaptable to a…


New Peer Support Program Handbooks Help Communities Meet Healthcare Challenges

NCLR and Peers for Progress Release Comprehensive Guides to Implementing Peer Support Programs

LEAWOOD, Kan., April 22, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Peers for Progress, a program of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) announced the release of two essential guides to enable accelerated implementation and scale-up of peer support programs in order to meet global healthcare challenges.

The Peers for Progress Program Development Guide, is a comprehensive practical handbook representing the culmination of six years of intensive study and reporting by community health leaders across the globe. The guide serves as resource for potential and existing peer support program managers, providing step-by-step instruction on program planning, monitoring and evaluation, quality improvement, and sustainability. Healthcare providers and community leaders seeking to implement peer support programs will also find supporting…


Upcoming Webinars in November

Below are several upcoming webinars for those interested in diabetes, community health workers, and advocacy.
Diabetes Management: Peer Support, Patient-Centered Medical Homes, and Population Health
Hosted by TransforMED and Peers for Progress

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST
[Watch this webinar] [Download the Slides]

What happens when peer support is added to the care delivery transformation process at a Federally Qualified Health Center? In this webinar, we will explore benefits and challenges that Alivio Medical Center in Chicago has experienced in the course of implementing population health and care management best practices to improve diabetes self-management behaviors. During the transformation period, Alivio implemented Electronic Health Records, gained NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition, opened a new clinic and transitioned leadership under a new Executive Director.

Incorporating peer support enhanced the efficacy of the care team,…

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