Peer Education & Evaluation Resource Center
Please note: The PEER Center project ended in August 2011.
All of the PEER Center resources are still available on this website, however.
No one understands the reality of HIV better than someone who lives with it every day. Peers - specially trained members of the community who are living with HIV/AIDS - have the power to serve as an important role model to others who are learning to cope with the daily challenges of living with HIV.
The PEER Center was designed to help Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grantees, clinics, AIDS Service Organizations and other training organizations develop peer programs to support HIV-positive individuals as they enter and stay in care, adhere to treatment protocols, and improve their quality of life. The resources listed below can help health care organizations launch a peer program, or strengthen one that's already in place.
Get started learning about peer programs by listening to one of our HRSA-sponsored Webcasts.
Lessons Learned from the Peer Education and Training Sites/Resource and Evaluation Center (PETS/REC) Initiative 2005-2010
Integrating Peers into HIV Care and Treatment Teams
Building Blocks to Peer Program Success: Peer Program Development Toolkit This capacity-building toolkit provides a framework to successfully utilize peers to engage and retain people living with HIV/AIDS in care and treatment. View toolkit
Building Blocks to Peer Success peer training toolkit for training HIV-positive peers to support people living with HIV/AIDS
Componentes Esenciales para la Capacitación y Éxito de los Trabajadores Pares (Peers)
Video: The Peer Program Makes a Big Difference A peer and client at Kansas City Free Health Clinic describe their experience working together to further the client's goals.
Video: Peer Program Makes a Difference
Video: The Power of Peers to Change LivesThis video features Kathleen Clanon, MD and Sally Neville, RN, MSN discussing how peers help their patients adhere to treatment.
Video: The Power of Peers to Change Lives
Funding for the PEER Center is through the Health Resources and Services Administration's HIV/AIDS Bureau, which is a program within the federal U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Funding is through the Minority AIDS Initiative.