Dear Community,

In this, our 25th year, Community Education Group has decided we must change the way the world tackles public health in underserved communities. And we’re asking you to join us in our renewed focus to end HIV and related health disparities alongside our network of national and community partners.

The launch of our brand new website this fall marks one of many steps along this exciting journey.

Please join our email list to stay connected and learn more.

Please also take a moment to complete the surveys below. Your feedback will help us deepen our impact in the communities that need us the most.

Sincerely,


A. Toni Young

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Survey 1: Project Boundless

WHAT: The purpose of this research is to inform how to best establish a global dialogue among non-government and community organizations concerning the impact of HIV treatment and cure-related research. This survey will also help us understand how finding an HIV cure may affect organizational sustainability.

WHO: Participants 18 years and older that represent nonprofit and community-based organizations are being asked to participate in an online survey.

Survey 2: The Equitable Access Survey

WHAT: The Equitable Access Coalition (EAC) seeks to mobilize a diverse group of individuals and organizations reflecting persons of color and rural communities in the South to make policy change and to educate to affect policy change at the state and county level to increase access to HIV prevention care and treatment with an emphasis on PrEP access; increased access to HCV screening, education, and treatment; and increased access to family planning and health services for transmen and women.

Southern states involved in this group include Washington, DC; Maryland; Virginia; West Virginia; Tennessee; Kentucky; Arkansas; North Carolina; South Carolina; Georgia; Alabama; Mississippi; New Orleans; Florida and Texas.

WHO: Groups and persons reflecting the following populations are represented in the group including people living with HIV and HCV; gender nonconforming; transgender men and women; same gender loving persons; persons with substance use disorders; heterosexual men and women; and persons impacted.

FEATURED NEWS

Using HIV Surveillance Data for Targeted, Community-based Hepatitis C Virus Testing among Baby Boomers in Washington, D.C.

This article features our founder, A. Toni Young, and discusses a pilot study that explored the use of HIV surveillance data to pinpoint targeted, geographical areas that have high HIV prevalence along with poor care indicators for screening baby boomers at risk for hepatitis C virus. The study found that using the HIV surveillance data for HCV testing found a high number of untreated HCV cases. Of these cases, a large portion had never been tested for HCV, indicating that using the surveillance data may be an effective means of identifying individuals who are at risk for HCV in a community-based setting.