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A. Toni Young founds the National Women and HIV/AIDS Project (NWAP), with the mission of stopping the spread of HIV among African American women.


NWAP becomes Community Education Group (CEG) in order to address HIV, AIDS and STDs within the larger context of family and community.


CEG’s community-based research activities expand to include empirical research, program evaluation, needs assessments, survey design, and rigorous data analysis for quality assurance and monitoring.


CEG trains and deploys outreach workers throughout District of Columbia neighborhoods hardest hit by the HIV epidemic, earning trust, respect, and a reputation for effectiveness.


CEG receives funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minority AIDS Research Initiative for the Equal Access project, to determine the facilitators and barriers to African Americans’ participation in HIV vaccine clinical trials.


CEG pioneers the peer-based Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Prevention Services (CHAMPS) program.


The CHAMPS program grows to include over 30 outreach workers in the field, six days a week, using eight mobile testing units to educate, test and link hard-to-reach clients to care with more than 100 units deployed throughout the city with other organizations.


To spread health messaging in the Black community, CEG produces and distributes informational brochures and videos, disseminates educational materials at testing sites and community events, conducts message testing, and develops social marketing campaigns.


CEG joins with the Office of Women’s Health to promote National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.


After four years of CEG leading efforts for National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, involvement has skyrocketed from 25 state participants to 527.


CEG recruits singer and actress Vanessa Williams as the first national spokesperson for National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.


CEG is recognized for its work by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, who praises CEG’s efforts during the AIDS 2012 Opening Session.


CEG steps up as a leader of collaborative and capacity building efforts, transitioning from direct outreach and education to creating replicable, peer-empowering programs.


CEG’s demographic cohort widens to include groups such as heterosexual men, men who have sex with men but do not identify as gay or bisexual, and the recently incarcerated.


CEG becomes the first organization to test widely new rapid Hep C screening methods.


Moving beyond its initial focus on HIV/AIDS, CEG expands its services to include pregnancy prevention and women’s empowerment, conducts prevention outreach to women at risk for heart disease, and integrates AA and NA group meetings into its on-site programs.


CEG advised the University of Kentucky in developing a peer-based community engagement strategy for promoting HIV/HCV testing, replicating CEG’s CHAMPS model statewide in Kentucky.


Support from the HEPConnect Initiative enables CEG to expand Hepatitis C screening and connect patients with appropriate care in West Virginia’s Jefferson, Morgan, and Berkeley counties.


Responding to CDC reports about a spike in Hepatitis C infections across numerous West Virginia counties, and thanks to a grant from the Harm Reduction Coalition’s HEPConnect Initiative, CEG works in collaboration with the Exchange Union to expand harm reduction services in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle.


As part of the lead-up to the 2019 International AIDS Society (IAS) conference in Mexico City, CEG collaborates with local partners to present a two-day pre-conference event, “Una Conversación Communitaria,” which attracts more than 300 attendees.


CEG is one of a handful of West Virginia-based organizations to receive a HEPConnect grant funded by Gilead Sciences and the Harm Reduction Coalition. CEG partners with county health departments in Berkeley, Jeerson, and Morgan Counties in the Eastern Panhandle to provide harm reduction supplies and develop a marketing campaign to increase awareness of harm reduction services.


Gilead Sciences awards CEG $500,000 over two years to build a statewide coalition to integrate HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and Opioid Epidemic prevention policies and activities, and address the drivers of, and responses to, all three interrelated epidemics.

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