The Peer Network Tools
The Peer Network is one of our TA delivery models in which each network serves as a supportive forum for beneficiaries to engage in shared learning, strategize overcoming local challenges, and gain confidence in advocacy efforts to change systems. The key elements of the Peer Network are affinity and flexibility. Peer Networks may be formed around geography, populations, or special topic issues and challenges faced in a community. Participants have a common goal, purpose, and investment in the work. The result is rapport and trust within the group and a supportive environment conducive to learning and change. Moreover, the Peer Network approach allows for cross-peer learning. Lastly, the Peer Network creates an advocacy network. Joining together to discuss challenges and successes sheds light on the issues that affect participants and often paves the way for system-level change. The Peer Network provides a forum for beneficiaries to assess community and organizational need, build capacity, and develop innovative strategies to increase housing options connected to health in hard to serve rural communities.