Building Blocks to Peer Program Success

A toolkit for developing HIV peer programs

Purpose of this toolkit: to support organizations and communities who work with peers to effectively engage and retain PLWHA in care and treatment.
Primary audiences: directors/managers, supervisors of social services, clinic managers and medical directors, nurses and case managers, state and county health officials in charge of HIV program dollars, planning councils, consumer advisory committees and anyone interested in building, enhancing or incorporating peers into a program
Additional uses: Organizations can review and select relevant sections based on their program’s needs and use the tools and resources available.

Complete toolkit (PDF, 158 pages)

  1. Introduction (PDF)

  2. Organizational readiness for peer programs (PDF)

3. Designing a peer program

  8. Funding sources (PDF)

Request the toolkit on CD

Although the PEER Center project has ended, CDs are still available.  You may request a copy of the Building Blocks to Peer Program Success toolkit on CD to be mailed to you by filling out the Peer Program Development Toolkit form.

Suggested citation: Health & Disability Working Group, Boston University School of Public Health. (2009). Building Blocks to Peer Program Success: Peer program development toolkit.  Retrieved from

Funding for this toolkit 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.