Building Blocks to Peer Program Success: A Toolkit for Developing HIV Peer Programs


Building Blocks to Peer Program Success: A Toolkit for Developing HIV Peer Programs


This toolkit provides information, tools, and resources to help organizations and communities work with peers to effectively engage and retain people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in care and treatment.

The purpose of this toolkit is to help organizations effectively integrate peers as part of a multidisciplinary care team. It focuses primarily on peers who use their own personal experience with HIV in the service of improving the care and treatment of PLWHA. Depending on the needs of an organization, peers can work in the following ways: participating as part of an advisory board; working in teams with case managers and other staff to find people who are out of care or at risk of dropping out of services; providing support and education individually or in groups; engaging clients in HIV care; helping clients navigate the service system; and, supporting adherence to treatment.


Harlem Hospital Center; Boston University School of Public Health; Justice Resource Institute; Center for Health Training; Columbia University; Kansas City Free Health Clinic; American Red Cross, St. Louis Area Chapter; Women Organized to Respond to Life-Threatening Diseases (WORLD)

Funding Sources:

Health Resources and Services Administration


Release Date: 2009
Original Summary: June 2012
Last Updated: 07/18/12

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