About Peer Support

The Houston Diabetes Peer Support Network delivers peer support to people living with diabetes and their caregivers.

Peer Support links people living with a chronic condition such as diabetes. People with a common illness are able to share knowledge and experiences – including some that many health workers do not have.

According to Peers for Progress, there are four functions of peer support:

How To Join

Join us virtually every week on Mondays from 7pm to 8pm through Microsoft Team meetings.

Or Join us virtually every week on Thursdays from 7pm to 8 pm through Microsoft Team meetings.

In person Peer Support Meetings on Mondays from 11am to 12pm at the Gathering Place located at 5310 South Willow Dr Houston, TX 77035. This group is for Gathering Place participants only.

In Person Peer Support Meetings on Wednesdays from 11am to 12pm at the Lighthouse of Houston located at 3602 West Dallas St. Houston, TX 77019. This is group is for Lighthouse of Houston participants only.

If you would like to join Peer Support in person, please contact Serena Valentine

1. Assistance in Daily Management:

Peer supporters use their own experiences with diet, physical activity and medicine adherence in helping people figure out how to manage diabetes in their daily lives. They can also help in identifying key resources, such as where to buy healthy foods or pleasant and convenient locations for exercise.

2. Social and Emotional Support:

Through empathetic listening and encouragement, peer supporters are an integral part of helping patients to cope with social or emotional barriers and to stay motivated to reach their goals.

3. Linkages to Clinical Care and Community Resources:

Peer supporters can help bridge the gap between the patients and health professionals and encourage individuals to seek out clinical and community resources when it is appropriate.

4. Ongoing support, extended over time:

Peer supporters successfully keep patients engaged by providing proactive, flexible, and continual long-term follow-up.

For people with diabetes and their caregivers, Peer Support offers multiple benefits:

Peer Support in Cities Changing Diabetes Houston

Led by CORE Initiative, the Houston Diabetes Peer Support Network offers programs in different formats: Facebook, Zoom and in-person groups in the community.

The Peer Supporters are trained in a curriculum developed by the Peer Support Action Work Group consisting of people living with diabetes, Community Health Workers and healthcare providers. It follows recommendations set forth by Peers for Progress at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Public Health.