Community Education Group

January 2022 | Issue 12


CEG’s Latest News

“Dopesick” and Combatting the Syndemic in West Virginia and Appalachia Livestream

Join Community Education Group founder and executive director A. Toni Young for a talk on Facebook and Instagram Live with New York Times-bestselling author Beth Macy on January 14th, 2022 at 2:00PM EST.

Join A. Toni Young and Beth Macy for a dynamic town hall discussion on the impact of the opioid epidemic in West Virginia. Beth Macy is the author of the critically acclaimed and New York Times-bestselling books, Factory Man, Truevine, and Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America (2018). Macy serves as an Executive Producer and writer on the acclaimed Hulu limited television series Dopesick, which is based on her book. The series stars Michael Keaton and Rosario Dawson and has received critical acclaim.


Rural Health Day at the WV Capitol

Join us at the WV Capitol on February 4, 2022 from 8:00am to 1:00pm.

The day will include displays by rural health associations, health professions training programs, and health care organizations!






Community Education Group is creating skills training sessions for partners in Appalachia, and we are looking for feedback from you! We need your help to learn about the skills that will better serve your organization. Your responses are invaluable and will help us tailor training programs for the communities of Appalachia.


If your organization is in Appalachia, please fill out our survey to help us provide better training opportunities.


Please note that if your organization completed the survey in the first round, please do not complete the survey again.


If your organization is not working in Appalachia, we would love your help in forwarding this survey to other groups who are working in the Appalachian region.


Survey responses are due January 7th at 5 PM Eastern





The inaugural meeting for the Appalachian Cultural Heritage Designation Workgroup will convene on January 24, 2022, at 2pm EST. The goal for the work group is to bring together interested and engaged stakeholders from across Appalachia to work with Community Education Group on one of our principal goals for 2022 which is to make a policy request for a cultural heritage designation for Appalachia as a protected distinctive cultural region. This designation is the primary desired outcome of our We are Appalachia: Appalachia Star research project. 


As Community Education Group has talked to Appalachian regional stakeholders across sectors (health, education, work development, etc.); we are realizing there is a good deal of work happening out there and we are positioned – because of our interest in a cultural heritage designation policy request – to coordinate this work. The coordination of this work will maximize on the leadership coming from our collaborators and move us toward a supported effort around our designation request. We believe our work will be more robust, complete and sustainable if we are working together.


We invite those interested in serving on the Appalachian Cultural Heritage Designation Work Group to contact

Dr. Noelle Chaddock at before January 10, 2022.


We hope you see this as an opportunity to be part of our shared work in the region. Your expertise will be invaluable as we move to do more for Appalachia.



Regrounding Our Response


The Regrounding Our Response Wesst Virginia initiative supports a multi-disciplinary network of Master Presenters across the state trained in five core concepts. Each concept is crucial to addressing stigma around substance use.


Click the link to join, next meeting is January 18th, 2022.


Syndemic Work Group


The Syndemic Work Group includes stakeholders from across the region and nation, all of whom are working in areas around the SUD-driven syndemic.


Next meeting is January 6th at 11:00Am EST. Please contact Director of Regional and National Policy Lee Storrow for more information or to join.

Community Education Group

110 Whispering Pines, Lost River, WV 26810