Reducing Disparities Through Peer Support

Reducing Disparities Through Peer Support Wednesday, July 18, 2012

According to the 2011 AHRQ National Healthcare Disparities Report, disparities still exist and health care quality and access are suboptimal. While there is not a simple solution to eliminating disparities, leveraging peer networks and the power of peer-to-peer interactions has the potential to improve care and outcomes for vulnerable populations.

The featured Innovations describe a mentor program for African-American veterans with diabetes that improved blood glucose control and an interactive education class for kidney transplant candidates that increased the percentage of African-American patients and people of lower socioeconomic status, who completed the transplant evaluation process.

The featured QualityTools include a toolkit to help organizations and communities work with peers to engage people living with HIV/AIDS in care and treatment, and a guide to assess and promote cultural competency in mental health peer-run programs.

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