Building evidence for peer-led responses: From trialling to implementing

Peer-led responses have always responded to change in communities. COVID-19 has shown how quickly peer-led organisations adapt to meet the emerging needs of those in their communities who are most impacted or marginalised.

However, health funding has been re-prioritised in the wake of COVID-19. Resources for peer-led programs are becoming more restricted.

Perhaps more than ever, we need to build evidence for the critical role of community and peer-led organisations in any pandemic.

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Welcome to Level 4… Please enjoy the view

Well, I for one can hardly believe that it’s been a whole month since I joyously proclaimed, “the blog is back”!

I hope you are enjoying the posts we’ve shared with you. I know that I am loving working with colleagues and peer workers to bring you their stories. It has been remarkable hearing about how peer-led organisations are adapting to the challenges of COVID-19 and helping their communities feel safe and connected.

Update

Moments of creativity and connection — Supporting people living with HIV during COVID-19

About the Author

Timothy Krulic is a health promotion officer at Living Positive Victoria and PhD candidate at ARCSHS

Living Positive Victoria is a peer-led organisation. They provide support and services for people in Victoria who are living with, or affected by, HIV. Timothy produces health promotion content for members and works across peer education, support, research, and evaluation.

Peer-led organisations are highly responsive to their communities’ needs. This is because most staff and leadership are community members — peers. As the W3 Framework shows us, peer skill is central to a peer-led organisation’s work. It drives their ability to stay closely attuned — and adapt so effectively — to their communities’ changing needs. We have seen a lot of this since the start of COVID-19.

We invited Timothy to share his insights on the impacts of COVID-19 lockdowns on people living with HIV. His post is a heart-warming testament to how critical peer-led responses are in times like these.

Adaptation Engagement