Accelerating Best Practices in Peer Support Around the World

Spotlight on Diabetes Sisters and Useful Resources from NDEP

In the March issue of the Peers for Progress newsletter, our program spotlight features DiabetesSisters, a nonprofit organization that offers education, peer support, and advocacy for women with all types of diabetes. DiabetesSisters is managed by women who are living with diabetes, giving them an insider perspective on the issues faced by this community.

Peer support interventions featured in previous program spotlights have typically been organized and administered by clinical practices. In contrast, DiabetesSisters is the model of a grassroots movement that is driven by a community of peers. Learn more about DiabetesSisters’ peer support model and their successful advocacy efforts in the program spotlight.

In the March newsletter, we also featured a guide developed by the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) that showcases the resources they offer for special populations with diabetes, community health workers, and community outreach programs. Over the past 15 years, the NDEP and its partners have worked together to change the way diabetes is treated in every sector of society. NDEP’s strength comes from its Partnership Network, which includes state and local health departments, professional societies representing the full gamut of health care disciplines, community-based organizations that serve populations most affected by diabetes, the business community, and key federal agencies concerned about diabetes.

NDEP provides its partners with accurate, evidence-based messages and culturally and linguistically appropriate messages and materials. These NDEP resources facilitate partner outreach and interaction with people with diabetes, people at risk, health care professionals of all disciplines, health care systems, diabetes and other chronic disease conditions, and community-based organizations.

From grassroots efforts to national campaigns, Peers for Progress is staying engaged at all levels to promote the development and adoption of peer support for diabetes. Join our network to stay connected and learn about the latest news in peer support!

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