Accelerating Best Practices in Peer Support Around the World

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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…


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…

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