Skip to main content

Peer Engagement

Peer engagement can be mutually beneficial in promoting health equity in programs and policies while building capacity for peers and health authority representatives.

Peers are people with lived experience of substance use who are often engaged as experts, and use their lived experience to inform effective health service programming and delivery.

Compassion, Inclusion and Engagement

The PEEP initiative

BCCDC and its peers and partners have completed the three-year Peer Engagement and Evaluation Project (PEEP).

The work included developing several useful resources and publishing and presenting evidence that informs peer engagement across BC.

PEEP is an innovative new initiative to ensure everyone across the province has equal access to harm reduction services.

Over the past decade, peer engagement has been an evolving, iterative process. Although peer engagement has improved, there remains an overall lack of understanding of peer engagement principles and practices among health authorities and other providers.

This identified gap led to the development of PEEP, a research project that builds upon the BC Harm Reduction Strategies and Services Committee's experiences and existing relationships with peers. This participatory project aims to enhance peer engagement and listen to voices that have been missing from decision-making tables across the province. PEEP resource materials were created with critical input from, and in partnership with, people with lived experience.

More about PEEP

Best practice

For best practice around peer engagement, see Health Professionals (Peer Engagement) and Peer Engagement on Toward the Heart.

For a primer on the role of peers, see The Role of Peers (page 48) in the BC Overdose Action Exchange July 2016 meeting primer.

Click the link for the meeting report on Peer Input on Indigenous Regional Coordinator Positions, created in collaboration with First Nations Health Authority.

Peer Engagement and Evaluation Project (PEEP) training presentations


For our peer engagement research, see Harm Reduction Studies.

SOURCE: Peer Engagement ( )
Page printed: . Unofficial document if printed. Please refer to SOURCE for latest information.

Copyright © BC Centre for Disease Control. All Rights Reserved.

    Copyright © 2021 Provincial Health Services Authority.