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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.
Links to the Tool:
This tool is available at:


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

Funding Sources

Health Resources and Services Administration

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  • Release Date: 08/2009
  • Original Summary: 06/2012
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Last updated: July 18, 2012.