Peer Support Resources

Exemplar Program Resources

Helen DeVos Children's Center has a training manual and facilitator guide, Neonatal—Parent and Family Training Resources, available for purchase.

Contact: Judy Levick, MSW, ACSW, LMSW
100 Michigan St., NE, MC 35
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Helen DeVos NICU PPP Brochure

Family Support Network™ of WNC at Mission Children's Hospital Brochure

Riley Children's Hospital Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Parent Handbook

University of Michigan Health System Peer Mentor Toolkit (ZIP file)

The University of Michigan Health System Peer Mentor Toolkit (ZIP file) was created by the PFCC-led task force at the University of Michigan Health System, expanding on the seminal work by the Center for Independent Living and the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. The content is meant to be shared to improve the lives of those affected by chronic illnesses/conditions.

Additional Resources

Chronic Disease: Seven Models for Success, (2006), Michele Heisler, MD, MPA. Prepared for California HealthCare Foundation.

Family Peer-to-Peer Support Programs in Children's Mental Health—A Critical Issues Guide, September, 2008 and
Family Peer-to-Peer Support Program in Children's Mental Health—A Financing Guide, September 2009.

National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
9605 Medical Center Drive, Suite 280
Rockville, MD 20850

Peers for Progress, founded in 2006, is a program of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation to promote peer support as a key part of health, health care, and prevention around the world. Peers for Progress is designed to demonstrate the value of peer support, extend its evidence base, help establish peer support as an accepted, core component of health care, and promote peer support programs and networks on a global scale.

The National Kidney Foundation is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention, and treatment of kidney disease. The NKF Peers program offers national, telephone-based peer support, connecting people who want support with someone who has "been there." For more info, contact:

Kelli Collins, MSW
Senior Director, Patient Services
T: 800.622.9010 ext 144
30 East 33rd Street
New York, NY 10016

See also Research