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November 13, 2020
Community Education Group to Co-Convene National Meeting with Rural Health Service Providers Network

The Rural Health Service Providers Network (RHSPN) will be co-convening a National Day of Advocacy on Monday, December 14th, 2020 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM Eastern.

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October 21, 2020
WVSSC Meeting - November 9th, 2020

The November 2020 meeting of the WVSSC will take place on Monday, November 9th, 2020 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM This month's meeting features the following guests: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Dr. Neeraj "Jim" GandotraChief Medical Officer(SAMHSA) Dr. Jean BennettSAMHSA Regional AdministratorRegion III Substance Use Disorder Stephanie LancasterDirector of Community Health SolutionsIndiana, […]

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October 19, 2020
Community Education Group Launches New Health Resource Guide

The Community Education Group has launched a new West Virginia Statewide Resource Guide that helps people in the state access resources for HIV, Substance Use Disorder (SUD), and Viral Hepatitis services.

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October 19, 2020
Community Education Group Distributes 2,000 COVID-19 Relief Kits Across West Virginia

The Community Education Group has begun distribution of 2,000 COVID-19 Relief Kits in West Virginia through 18 distribution partners.

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October 8, 2020
WVSSC To Hold Second Monthly Meeting October 13th

The West Virginia Statewide Stakeholder Coalition (WVSSC) will be holding its second monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 13th from 2:00 - 4:00 PM.

https://form.jotform.com/202586193014048

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September 17, 2020
Community Education Group Forms West Virginia Statewide Stakeholder Coalition

The next meeting of the WVSSC will be held on October 13, 2020 at 2:00 PM Eastern. Those interested may join the WVSSC by filling out the form at the following address: https://form.jotform.com/202586193014048

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September 15, 2020
People Worth Knowing - Monique Tula

This week's #PeopleWorthKnowing interview features Monique Tula, Executive Director of the Harm Reduction Coalition.

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September 14, 2020
Community Education Group & WVU to Host Statewide HIV Meeting

This event is free and open to the public, particularly those involved in clinical care and HIV and AIDS research.

Register Below:

https://redcap.wvctsi.org/redcap/surveys/?s=TRW7NMJJJL

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September 14, 2020
COVID-19 Relief Package Distribution to Begin in October 2020

#CEGInWV has partnered with 18 organizations across West Virginia to distribute 2,000 COVID-19 Relief Packages.

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September 6, 2020
Take the Opioid Treatment Program Moratorium Survey

#CEGInWV is asking providers, Community-Based Organizations, and individuals about the OTP Moratorium.

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September 2, 2020
Inaugural West Virginia Statewide Stakeholder Meeting a Resounding Success

Thank you, to everyone who attended this first meeting, and we look forward to working with our partners across West Virginia to build a stronger community, one project at a time.

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August 31, 2020
Community Education Group Hosting West Virginia Statewide Stakeholder Meeting

Join #CEGInWV on our first West Virginia Statewide Stakeholder Meeting on Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 at 12:00 PM Eastern.

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August 17, 2020
Community Education Group to Convene Statewide Stakeholder Meeting

#CEGInWV will be convening a statewide stakeholder meeting on Tuesday, September 1st, 2020, @ 12:00 PM for West Virginia advocates, organizations, providers, and state officials.

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August 17, 2020
Take the Rural Health Service Providers Network Survey

Cardea, Community Education Group, and TruEvolution are partnering to learn how COVID-19 is impacting Rural Health Services Providers (RHSPs) so they can better facilitate conversations with policymakers and advocate to expand access to resources to support client care.

http://surveys.cardeaservices.org/s3/RHSP-COVID

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August 17, 2020
People Worth Knowing - Dr. Alan Greenberg

This week's #PeopleWorthKnowing interview features Dr. Alan E. Greenberg, Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at George Washington University, and Director at the District of Columbia Center for AIDS Research (DC CFAR).

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August 15, 2020
Color Matters: Incarceration - Beyond These Walls

The second Color Matters webinar – Incarceration - Beyond These Walls – will premiere on August 19th, 2020, at 6:00 PM Eastern

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August 15, 2020
Community Education Group to Distribute COVID-19 Relief Packages

Round One of distribution will begin in mid- to late-September.

We managed to secure an unprecedented 15 distribution partners, and have had to triple our initial order.

Thank you, to our partners.

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August 15, 2020
Community Education Group Launches West Virginia Opioid Treatment Survey

CEG has launched a statewide survey for providers and People Who Use/Inject Drugs focusing on West Virginia's 2007 legislative moratorium on opening any new Opioid Treatment Programs in the state.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=FcqY6rFM1EaUFIC49lyuMw0IDkH9U1VEk7rZu13nya9UNkU3MEdYOUpNWDhIOEVZSjk2WlJTOEFYVC4u

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August 5, 2020
People Worth Knowing - Diana Feliz Oliva

This week's #PeopleWorthKnowing interview features Diana Feliz Oliva, Senior Manager in Public Affairs at Gilead Sciences.

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July 27, 2020
How Our Environment Impacts Our Health

Guest Blog By: Dr. Matt Cox

We’re in the middle of a global pandemic, with a respiratory virus wreaking havoc on the American population and its economy. The human toll continues to grow in many communities, cities, and states; deaths and hospitalizations are up, to say nothing of the impacts of social isolation, quarantines, and the recession.

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July 24, 2020
People Worth Knowing - Dr. Stephen Lee

This week's #PeopleWorthKnowing interview features Dr. Stephen Lee, Executive Director of the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD).

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July 15, 2020
So, I've Been Thinking...Defending Science

I’ve been thinking about science versus politics, especially since clashes between the White House and Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, are in the news so much these days.

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July 13, 2020
When an Epidemic Meets a Pandemic: Effects of COVID-19 on the Opioid Epidemic

By: Amanda G. S. Morgan

The opioid epidemic has become a large part of the lives of most Appalachians. If we haven't been affected directly by it, then we know someone who has been.

But now, with COVID-19, the opioid epidemic is poised to become an even bigger issue.

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July 13, 2020
Color Matters: Law Enforcement Interactions

The first Color Matters webinar – Law Enforcement Interactions – will premiere on July 22, 2020, at 6:00 PM Eastern.

Register Here:
http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eh6yk4rl55420139&llr=qigy9s4ab

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July 8, 2020
Where Do We Go: Race, Class, COVID, and More Webinar

Join CEG's A. Toni Young on Thursday, July 23rd, 2020, @ 3:00 PM Eastern, as she hosts and moderates CEG's second webinar of the summer, Where Do We Go.

Register Here:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYod-2hqTojHdbKo--Hn9foRgr2hSFIfcCA

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July 8, 2020
People Worth Knowing - Dr. Georges C. Benjamin

This week's #PeopleWorthKnowing interview features Dr. Georges C. Benjamin, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association (APHA).

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July 6, 2020
Of Quarantines and Cashflows

When looking at rural and suburban areas where opioid (and occasionally meth) addiction is high, there are certain factors that tend to coalesce to create an environment ripe for the growth of addiction: lower incomes, higher rates of unemployment, areas where industries have left, lower levels of educational attainment, less access to economic resources, and areas where industries that require hard labor are the drivers of the economy.

Those factors essentially are Appalachia.

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July 2, 2020
Learning Our Roots - Watch the Panel

#CEGLive hosted its first livestream on Tuesday, June 30th, 2020, and while it was not without its technical difficulties, we eventually ended up with a fantastic panel discussion.

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June 24, 2020
People Worth Knowing: Ty Williams

This week's #PeopleWorthKnowing interview features CEG's own Ty Williams.

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June 22, 2020
Learning Our Roots - A Facebook Live Event - Tonight @ 6:00 PM EST

Live Tonight @ 6:00 PM EST: https://youtu.be/fQSZIKGPWZA

Join Host, Ty Williams as he moderates CEG's first ever YouTube Live event:

Learning Our Roots: A Journey Through Black Transmasculinity

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June 22, 2020
The Fight for Our Collective Liberation

Guest Blog By: Alphonso David

When black people and our allies take to the streets tonight in protest—as we have on previous nights past and as we will on nights to come—we will be calling for justice. Justice for our community means justice for George Floyd. Justice for our community means justice for Breonna Taylor. And justice for our community means justice for Brianna “BB” Hill, because when we declare Black Lives Matter, we also mean Black Trans Lives Matter.

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June 15, 2020
Trans People Are Black People, Too

By: Ty Williams

“Tony McDade could have been me,” is all I keep thinking.

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June 15, 2020
So, I've Been Thinking... Special Video Edition - June 2020

So, I've been thinking...

I've been thinking that systemic change is not going to be easy.

I was talking to a friend of mine, the other day - and my mentor - and he asked if I could've imagined this, six months ago. And, I frankly said, "No."

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June 10, 2020
People Worth Knowing: Tori Cooper

This week's #PeopleWorthKnowing interview features Tori Cooper, Founder and Executive Director of Advocates for Better Care Atlanta (ABCA)

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June 1, 2020
It Takes a Village

Guest Blog By: Katrina Harmon

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

By: Marcus J. Hopkins

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.

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May 15, 2020
Community Education Group 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
Community Education Group 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
Community Education Group'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
Community Education Group 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
Community Education Group 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
Community Education Group & 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
Community Education Group 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
Community Education Group 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
Community Education Group 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
Community Education Group 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
Community Education Group 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
Community Education Group 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
Community Education Group 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
Community Education Group 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
Community Education Group 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/Community Education Group 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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