Accelerating Best Practices in Peer Support Around the World


Peers for Progress is a program of the Department of Health Behavior in the Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Peers for Progress was founded in 2006 as a program of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation in conjunction with the American Academy of Family Physicians. For seven years, the Foundation oversaw the growth of Peers for Progress into an international network of peer support researchers, experts, and advocates.

In November 2015, the program made its new home at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to integrate with university initiatives. Major sources of funding for Peers for Progress have included the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation, and the Merck Foundation.

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Peers for Progress is based in the Department of Health Behavior & Health Education at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    Our UNC home supports the development of peer support curricula and training resources through identification of state of the art research and other literatures, coordinates solicitation and review of grant proposals, provides evaluation and other assistance to grantees, directs cross-site program evaluation, promotes peer support through international and other contacts, and collaborates with leadership of Peers for Progress in general program administration.

  • Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research

    The Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research (MCDTR) is a multidisciplinary unit of the University of Michigan funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases/National Institutes of Health. The MCDTR is one of seven NIH Centers funded to focus on type 2 translational research in diabetes (e.g. bedside to practice and the community). Its goal is to facilitate innovative adaptations of evidence-based approaches to prevent and treat diabetes that can be disseminated and sustained in clinical practice and in settings outside the traditional academic research environment. The mission of the MCDTR is to establish, promote, and enhance multidisciplinary collaboration among researchers directed at the prevention and control of diabetes, its complications, and comorbidities, by providing access to specialized expertise and resources. Our research investigators are our most important resource.

    The MCDTR focuses on research to better translate interventions that have clearly demonstrated efficacy into real-world populations, health care settings, and communities. The MCDTR helps to ensure that new research findings actually reach the patients and populations for whom they are intended, and that they are implemented correctly. The MCDTR seeks to improve the quality of care by helping patients and clinicians alter behaviors and make more informed choices. By empowering the patient, strengthening the patient-clinician relationship, providing reminders and point-of-care decision support tools, and reorganizing and coordinating systems of care, more effective prevention and treatment of diabetes can be achieved.

    Click here to go to Peers for Progress’s webpage for the UNC-UM Peer Support Core of the MCDTR.

  • American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation

    The AAFP Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The Foundation advances the values of family medicine by promoting humanitarian, educational and scientific initiatives that improve the health of all people. The Foundation was the host of Peers for Progress from its inception to 2015.

    American Academy of Family PhysiciansThe American Academy of Family Physicians is one of the largest national medical organizations, representing more than 94,000 family physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students nationwide. Founded in 1947, its mission has been to preserve and promote the science and art of family medicine and to ensure high-quality, cost-effective health care for patients of all ages.

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