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June 1, 2020
It Takes a Village

As the African proverb so wisely states, ‘It takes a village.’ In my role as Executive Director of the WV Child Care Association (WVCCA), I’ve repeatedly witnessed the truth in this statement as I represent a village of providers serving West Virginia’s foster care youth.

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May 27, 2020
People Worth Knowing: Katrina Harmon

This week's #PeopleWorthKnowing interview feature's Katrina Harmon, Executive Director of the West Virginia Child Care Association (WVCCA).

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May 25, 2020
Infectious Disease Testing in Rural America

Once COVID-19 really hits rural America – particularly the geographically isolated Appalachian Mountain region (I know…I keep hammering this description home) – rural America is not ready to respond. We do not have in place the kind of rural public health infrastructure that is necessary to effectively respond to an outbreak in rural regions.

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May 20, 2020
People Worth Knowing: Gabriel Maldonado

For the inaugural entry in our new video series, #PeopleWorthKnowing, we decided to feature Gabriel Maldonado, Founder and CEO at TruEvolution, Inc.

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May 20, 2020
So, I've Been Thinking: The Impact Of COVID-19 On Communities

I’ve been thinking about the impact of COVID-19 on communities, on networks of people, on families and individuals. In addition to its direct toll on the health of older and medically vulnerable people, on the economy, and on people’s day-to-day lives, this pandemic has also highlighted a number of social ills. Essentially, it has aggravated […]

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May 18, 2020
Welcome To Community Perspectives

By: A. Toni Young I’d like to welcome readers to the first entry in CEG’s new blog, Community Perspectives.  This post will serve as a brief introduction to the purpose of this blog, and a brief explanation of why I think it’s so important to hear from people we might not otherwise encounter. The work […]

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May 15, 2020
CEG Is Now Accepting Donations

Community Education Group is now able to accept donations through both its new website donation portal, and ongoing contributions through AmazonSmile.

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May 13, 2020
CEG Premiering New "People Worth Knowing" Video Series

CEG’s new video series, People Worth Knowing, will launch on May 20th, 2020. People Worth Knowing will feature three-to-five-minute interviews with people from West Virginia, across the nation, and around the world with a wide variety of backgrounds, lived experiences, and fields of work, including users unions, Rural Health Service Providers, child services, trans health, […]

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May 11, 2020
National Health Organizations Announce COVID-19 Contact Tracing Training

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) announced the launch of a free, on-demand training for entry-level COVID-19 contact tracers. The course, Making Contact: A Training for COVID-19 Contact Tracers, will support ongoing public health agency efforts to prepare new contact tracers for their work of […]

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May 10, 2020
Take The QUICk Survey - Quickly Understanding Impacts of COVID-19

The purpose of this study is to learn how the novel coronavirus (also known as SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19) has impacted your life. Full information about this study is available in the informed consent document below. At the end of the survey, you will be asked if you would like to be entered into a raffle […]

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May 8, 2020
Take the Black Southern HIV Survey

NOTE: Only residents of the following states are eligible to participate:Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas (From our friends at Black South Rising) Black South Rising is a collective of advocates working in the South to raise the visibility of Black HIV movement leaders in the region. We recognize […]

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May 8, 2020
CEG's Community Perspectives Blog Going Live

Community Education Group will be launching its new blog, Community Perspectives, on May 18th, 2020. Community Perspectives will focus on the issues that impact the work CEG does in West Virginia, nationally, and globally, and will feature weekly articles by CEG’s staff, including Founder & Executive Director, A. Toni Young, West Virginia Policy Coordinator, Marcus […]

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May 7, 2020
CEG Recognizes Hepatitis Awareness Month

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month and CEG is participating by raising awareness of how the opioid and meth addiction crises in West Virginia intersect with the state’s grim record for having the highest rates of new Hepatitis B (HBV) and Hepatitis C (HCV) diagnoses in the United States. In 2017, West Virginia reported the highest […]

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April 20, 2020
Communicating Public Health Messages Through Community Engagement

Any time there’s a public health crisis, healthcare officials are faced with the challenge of how best to communicate messages to the public. With that in mind, CEG has sourced two articles focusing on how to communicate public health messages both on social media and in rural settings—areas where CEG is working tirelessly to communicate […]

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April 20, 2020
COVID-19 and HIV

COVID-19 has raised myriad questionsacross the healthcare landscape, butespecially in the HIV community. Forpeople living with HIV, each new virusrepresents an unknown set of variables,each of which must be considered byboth patients and providers. The International AIDS Society has puttogether this helpful primer on HIV andCOVID-19 which answers many of thesequestions. Check it out at […]

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April 20, 2020
CEG Launches COVID-19 Best Practices Infographic For Harm Reduction Programs

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) forces society to engage in preventative measures such as social distancing, #CEGInWV has created a Best Practices poster for use by Harm Reduction Programs offering services to People Who Use Drugs during this pandemic. In this time of uncertainty, it is imperative that those operating HRPs do everything in their power […]

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April 20, 2020
So, I’ve Been Thinking: What COVID-19 Reveals About Our Public Health System

So, I’ve been thinking about how none of us can truly avoid the impact of COVID-19. Either we know someone who’s been impacted by it, or we have been impacted by it ourselves, or maybe we are now working from home, even reconfiguring our whole organizations and the way we do our work. Everybody is […]

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April 18, 2020
CEG & TruEvolution Partner For COVID-19 Congressional Sign-On Effort

On behalf of TruEvolution (Riverside, CA) and the Community Education Group (Shepherdstown, West Virginia), I am writing to invite your organization to join a coalition of rural-serving Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), rural health organizations, and Federally-Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in asking the House and Senate to include in the forthcoming COVID-19-related stimulus bill specifically appropriated funding […]

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April 15, 2020
CEG Launches New Website

Things are a bit shinier around CEGthese days. As you may have noticed,our website has been relaunched withmore than just a new coat of paint; we’vegot a whole new design rolling out today. Thanks to our partners at Fors Marsh Group, for their excellent work on giving our website a much-needed facelift! Please take a […]

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March 19, 2020
CEG RESPONDS: Misreading the Tea Leaves on West Virginia’s HIV Outbreak

At his recent abstract presentation delivered at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), Dr. R. Paul McClung presented a portrait of a successful HIV intervention in Cabell County, West Virginia. By his estimation, the response to what was then the third HIV outbreak in that state, beginning in January 2018, was a fine […]

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March 17, 2020
So, I've Been Thinking: Sharing

So, I’ve been thinking about sharing. In particular I’ve been thinking that, as CEG starts this journey of working with health departments and Community-Based Organizations across the state of West Virginia, trying to integrate HIV into medically- assisted treatment programs, that our goal— and my goal, even my reason for being on the planet, frankly—must […]

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March 17, 2020
CEG Launches First HEPConnect Ad Campaign

CEG has launched its first digital media campaign as part of its HEPConnectgrant work. This series of ads will be running in West Virginia newspaper outlets in Cabell, Jefferson, Kanawha, Monongalia, Morgan, and Raleigh Counties. The ad run schedule is as follows:March/April 2020 – Cabell/KanawhaApril/May 2020 – MorganMay/June/July 2020 – JeffersonJune/July 2020 – RaleighJuly/August 2020 […]

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March 16, 2020
CEG Attends HEPConnect Spring 2020 Grantee Convening in Raleigh, NC

From March 10th to March 13th, CEG's Executive Director, A. Toni Young, and WV Policy Coordinator, Marcus J. Hopkins, attended the first HEPConnect Grantee Convening of 2020 in Raleigh, NC. This event, hosted by the Harm Reduction Coalition and Gilead Sciences, brought together HEPConnect grant recipients and partner organizations from Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, […]

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March 9, 2020
Community Education Group Receives $500,000 Grant to Bolster Fight Against HIV in West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Community Education Group Receives $500,000 Grant to Bolster Fight Against HIV in West Virginia Sherpherdstown, WV (March 9, 2020) – Local West Virginia organization, Community Education Group (CEG), has been awarded $500,000 dollars in funding by Gilead Sciences to combat the spread of HIV in West Virginia. This new grant will support […]

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February 18, 2020
So, I’ve Been Thinking: Getting Back to Basics

So, I’ve been thinking about how the HIV landscape, and the HIV movement, have changed a lot and are still changing rapidly—and how Community Education Group has changed rapidly, too, over the last few years. Many of you will notice that we haven’t put out a newsletter in several years, and that we no longer […]

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February 18, 2020
CEG to Launch New Weekly Blog in 2020

CEG will be launching a new weekly blog in 2020 focusing on some of the main issues facing healthcare consumers in West Virginia and other rural states, including the opioid epidemic, growing infection rates of Viral Hepatitis and HIV, and the state of healthcare infrastructure in the parts of America largely left behind or ignored […]

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February 17, 2020
CEG Is Building A Database

#CEGInWV is building a database of West Virginia-based community members, advocates, healthcare providers, government officials, business owners, and allies to help us build a statewide coalition. Join us in our effort to expand HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and Opioid Use Disorder education, prevention, testing, and treatment throughout West Virginia.

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February 17, 2020
So, I’ve Been Thinking: Helping Each Other Through

So, I’ve been thinking about the work that we do in social justice movements and in areas like HIV and reproductive health. It’s not easy work. It’s work that requires a lot of stamina, and it’s often very emotional work. For instance,right now Community Education Group is focused on three distinct areas: • Working to […]

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February 17, 2020
CEG Awarded Grant For HIV Work In WV

Gilead Sciences has awarded Community Education Group $500,000 over two years to conduct HIV-specific work in West Virginia. This grant will enable CEG 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. This is an […]

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February 11, 2020
CEG Founder and Executive Director, A. Toni Young, in The New York Times

CEG’s founder and executive director, Toni Young, was featured in a piece published in The New York Times Opinion section: “H.I.V. Is Coming to Rural America And rural America is not ready” by Dr. Steven W. Thrasher (Northwestern University), speaking about West Virginia and rural America’s burgeoning HIV crisis lurking beneath the bucolic scenery: As […]

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February 4, 2020
A. Toni Young Featured in Slate Interview

A. Toni Young was recently featured in the Slate podcast, What’s Next, in their episode, “HIV’s Threat to Rural America,” alongside Dr. Steven W. Thrasher. Follow the link to listen to the episode: HIV’s Threat to Rural America

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January 19, 2020
CEG in WV

In 2019, CEG opened a new regional office in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, to begin the arduous task of attacking, from a policy perspective, the myriad health crises faced by West Virginians. These crises include: the fourth HIV outbreak in four years, the highest rate of Hepatitis C in the U.S., the highest rate of […]

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September 29, 2019
University of Kentucky/CEG CHAMPS Collaboration

CEG is advising the University of Kentucky in developing a peer-based community engagement strategy for promoting HIV/HCV testing, replicating CEG’s Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Prevention Services (CHAMPS) model statewide in Kentucky. CEG originally pioneered CHAMPS in Washington, DC, recruiting and training community health workers including ex-offenders, people living with HIV/AIDS, and individuals with histories of substance […]

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August 29, 2019
Una Conversación Communitaria: Cura y Más de VIH (A Community Conversation: HIV Cure & More)

As part of the lead-up to the 2019 International AIDS Society (IAS) conference in Mexico City, CEG collaborated with local NGO partners Casa de la Sal and Clínica Especializada Condesa, as well as Mexico’s Centro de Investigación en Enfermedades Infecciosas (CIENI) and the Washington DC-based Martin Delany Collaboratory (MDC) BELIEVE program, to present a two-day […]

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August 29, 2019
Harm Reduction in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle

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 is currently working in collaboration with the Exchange Union to expand harm reduction services in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle. West Virginia leads the U.S. in opioid […]

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