HepConnect is proud to announce our first round of grantees to support our work around harm reduction & community education.

Meet Our Grantees

After an in-depth review process of over 120 submissions, HepConnect is proud to announce 44 grantees that represent a total of $5.3 million in local support across Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina. HepConnect funding represents a commitment to support community partnerships aiming to implement and expand evidence-based, practical strategies in the fight to address the sharp rise in hepatitis C infections. Grantee funding is broken out into two grant types: "provide" grants which offer new or expanded harm reduction services for people who use drugs and "educate" grants which offer new strategies to engage and educate the community on harm reduction.


Aliveness Project

Focus Area: Indiana
Grant Amount & Type: $150,000; Provide

Description: The Aliveness Project is a community center for and driven by people living with HIV that facilitates connections to community, offers nutrition and wellness services and links members to resources to help them lead fulfilling and healthy lives. The Aliveness Project will use HepConnect funding to provide a holistic approach to harm reduction and hepatitis C screening and linkage to care services through its CIRCLE (Combining Innovation and Resources for Community Learning and Engagement) Project. The goals of CIRCLE include training staff on scientific advances and harm reduction principles, expanding current screening services to include harm reduction counseling, case management and patient navigation for people who use drugs and piloting peer support interventions to increase the number of appointments and referrals attended. To learn more about the Aliveness Project and its efforts, visit its website here.


Aspire Indiana Health

Focus Area: Indiana
Grant Amount & Type: $57,041; Provide

Description: Aspire Indiana Health is a fully integrated health care provider that offers primary medical and behavioral health care, and also addresses social determinants of health like employment and housing. Aspire Indiana Health will use HepConnect funding to support its new mobile HIV/hepatitis C testing and outreach program. The mobile testing clinic will help increase testing, reduce stigma, and connect Aspire Indiana Health’s clients with much needed services. To learn more about Aspire Indiana Health and its efforts, visit its website here.


Imani & Unidad

Focus Area: Indiana
Grant Amount & Type: $127,894; Provide

Description: Imani & Unidad seeks to help marginalized members of the South Bend and Elkhart communities to improve their social, mental and emotional well-being through counseling, advocacy and education. Imani & Unidad will use HepConnect funding to implement a hepatitis C virus (HCV) care continuum system of services. The goal is to identify undiagnosed individuals, as well as those diagnosed but not in care, and provide successful patient navigation through the continuum from diagnosis to cure. To learn more about Imani & Unidad and its efforts, visit its website here.


Indiana Recovery Alliance

Focus Area: Indiana
Grant Amount & Type: $150,000; Provide

Description: The Indiana Recovery Alliance is a statewide grassroots organization dedicated to the implementation of harm reduction interventions, public health strategies, drug policy transformation and justice reform in Indiana and throughout the Midwest. The Indiana Recovery Alliance will use HepConnect funding to continue to operate as a needs-based syringe access program, purchase both sterile supplies and Naloxone and support staff. To learn more about the Indiana Recovery Alliance and its efforts, visit its website here.


Indiana Recovery Alliance

Focus Area: Indiana
Grant Amount & Type: $150,000; Educate

Description: The Indiana Recovery Alliance is a statewide grassroots organization dedicated to the implementation of harm reduction interventions, public health strategies, drug policy transformation, and justice reform in Indiana and throughout the Midwest. The Indiana Recovery Alliance will use HepConnect funding to hire new staff, pay for campaign educational materials and work with affected populations. To learn more about the Indiana Recovery Alliance and its efforts, visit its website here.


The Never Alone Project

Focus Area: Indiana
Grant Amount & Type: $149,475; Provide

Description: The Never Alone Project is dedicated to providing mutual aid, connection to resources and advocacy and education for people who use drugs, their loved ones and their communities. The Never Alone Project will use HepConnect funding to expand harm reduction outreach services to inner-city Indianapolis, focusing on communities hardest hit by the ongoing war on drugs. To learn more about The Never Alone Project and its efforts, visit its Facebook page here.


The Never Alone Project

Focus Area: Indiana
Grant Amount & Type: $149,802; Educate

Description: The Never Alone Project is dedicated to providing mutual aid, connection to resources and advocacy and education for people who use drugs, their loved ones and their communities. The Never Alone Project will use HepConnect funding to implement a three-pronged approach for the elevation of harm reduction programming, user organizing and drug-user led community harm reduction education in Indianapolis. The Never Alone Project will implement a Harm Reduction Consultancy and Collaboration Program, strengthen the Circle City Users Union and begin operations of a Community Harm Reduction Navigator Program. To learn more about The Never Alone Project and its efforts, visit its Facebook page here.


Appalachian Regional Healthcare

Focus Area: Kentucky
Grant Amount & Type: $112,500; Provide

Description: Appalachian Regional Healthcare is a not-for-profit health system serving 350,000 residents across Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia. Appalachian Regional Healthcare will use HepConnect funding to expand its outreach to encompass a wide array of services targeted to meet the at-risk population in the Appalachian region service areas. This would include offering individuals equipment such as clean cookers, sterile water and tourniquets; providing peer specialists and education to the user related to harm reduction techniques; enhance the current syringe exchange program and encourage other communities to consider needle exchange programs based on impact and results within affected communities. To learn more about Appalachian Regional Healthcare and its efforts, visit its website here.


AVOL Kentucky

Focus Area: Kentucky
Grant Amount & Type: $112,500; Provide

Description: AVOL Kentucky’s mission is to collaborate with communities to end HIV in the Commonwealth. AVOL Kentucky will use HepConnect grant funding to provide additional harm reduction and prevention supplies; increase hepatitis C virus testing outreach, screenings, and connection to health treatment; increase community harm reduction education and awareness; and create and develop an HCV Harm Reduction Peer Advisory Council for Central and Eastern Kentucky. To learn more about AVOL Kentucky and its efforts, visit its website here.


Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition

Focus Area: Kentucky
Grant Amount & Type: $112,500; Provide

Description: The mission of the Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition (KYHRC) is to engage, educate and empower people to reduce substance addiction overdoses and deaths, fight the spread of blood borne disease, HIV and hepatitis C, eliminate the stigma associated with addiction and to offer harm reduction solutions in Kentucky. With HepConnect grant funding, KYHRC will add harm reduction programming and staff in order to increase capacity and provide services in the communities it serves. Funding will also allow KYHRC to add a mobile unit and expand its community outreach efforts, provide harm reduction supplies and expand harm reduction service hours, locations and communities reached. To learn more about the Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition and its efforts, visit its website here.


Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition

Focus Area: Kentucky
Grant Amount & Type: $112,500; Educate

Description: The mission of the Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition (KYHRC) is to Engage, Educate and Empower people to reduce substance addiction overdoses and deaths, fight the spread of blood borne disease, HIV and hepatitis C, eliminate the stigma associated with addiction, and to offer harm reduction solutions in Kentucky. With HepConnect grant funding, KYHRC will add harm reduction programming and staff in order to increase capacity and provide services in the communities it serves. Funding will also allow KYHRC to add a mobile unit and expand its community outreach efforts, provide harm reduction supplies and expand harm reduction service hours, locations and communities reached. To learn more about the Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition and its efforts, visit its website here.


Madison County Health Department

Focus Area: Kentucky
Grant Amount & Type: $112,500; Educate

Description: The mission of the Madison County Health Department is to protect, promote and improve the health of the Madison County community. The Madison County Health Department will use HepConnect funding to increase education in the community about substance use disorder and help those living with this disorder better understand safe practices for living with the disease. Funding will also help to establish a local harm reduction coalition to increase collaboration among providers who work with vulnerable populations and expand harm reduction programming in Madison County. To learn more about the Madison County Health Department and its efforts, visit its website here.


Madison County Health Department

Focus Area: Kentucky
Grant Amount & Type: $112,500; Provide

Description: The mission of the Madison County Health Department is to protect, promote and improve the health of the Madison County community. The Madison County Health Department will use HepConnect funding to increase participation in its harm reduction syringe exchange program by expanding locations and hours using a mobile unit deployed to multiple locations throughout Madison County. To learn more about the Madison County Health Department and its efforts, visit its website here.


Muhlenberg County Health Department

Focus Area: Kentucky
Grant Amount & Type: $69,204; Provide

Description: The Muhlenberg County Health Department’s mission is to prevent illness and injury, promote good health and assure a safe environment to protect and improve the health of citizens. The Muhlenberg County Health Department will use HepConnect funding to expand its syringe program, as well as provide naloxone to first responders, non-injection drug users or concerned family members of individuals dealing with drug addiction. Funding will also support education and referrals to treatment to a larger percentage of the population. To learn more about the Muhlenberg County Health Department and its efforts, visit its website here.


Whitley County Health Department

Focus Area: Kentucky
Grant Amount & Type: $110,586; Provide

Description: The Whitley County Health Department strives to deliver high quality, cost-effective healthcare in the community it serves and works to protect the health of the public. The Whitley County Health Department will use HepConnect funding to add a case manager to its harm reduction program that provides vaccinations, HIV and hepatitis C testing, clean syringes, dirty syringe disposal, naloxone, condoms, education about disease prevention and counseling and referral to substance abuse treatment. To learn more about the Whitley County Health Department and its efforts, visit its website here.


Norton Healthcare

Focus Area: Kentucky
Grant Amount & Type: $100,000; Educate

Description: Norton Healthcare is a leader serving adult and pediatric patients in Louisville Metro, Southern Indiana, and across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Norton will use HepConnect funding to support syringe exchange programs and their clients, state health districts, law enforcement and government, local residents, and other stakeholders in a process to collectively determine barriers and best practices within the cultural and legal context of the Commonwealth. Stakeholders will then plan the future of harm reduction in Kentucky using a process called Future Search. To learn more about Norton Healthcare and its efforts, visit its website here.


University of Louisville Research Foundation

Focus Area: Kentucky
Grant Amount & Type: $100,000; Educate

Description: The University of Louisville is a premier, metropolitan research institution. The University of Louisville will use HepConnect funding to develop a series of educational programming for healthcare providers—primarily pediatricians and nurses—describing harm reduction strategies, principles, and opportunities for incorporation into clinical practice. The educational programming will encourage destigmatizing approaches to the care of people who use drugs, especially women, pregnant women and their families. To learn more about the University of Louisville and its efforts, visit its website here.


Center for Prevention Services

Focus Area: North Carolina
Grant Amount & Type: $112,500; Provide

Description: The Center for Prevention Services offers numerous evidence-based drug education programs and serves youth and families of all ages in Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Rowan, Stanly, Union and Davidson counties. With HepConnect funding, the Center for Prevention Services will continue to provide syringe access to marginalized communities under its Queen City Needle Exchange program, aid mobile exchange services and increase testing and linkage services. To learn more about the Center for Prevention Services and its efforts, visit its website here.


Hyde County Health Department

Focus Area: North Carolina
Grant Amount & Type: $71,163; Provide

Description: The mission of the Hyde County Health Department is to promote, protect and ensure the health of Hyde County and surrounding areas by providing public health services essential for a safe and healthy community. With HepConnect funding, the Hyde County Health Department will increase staff and purchase a vehicle to expand its syringe exchange program capabilities and support for the local community. To learn more about the Hyde County Health Department and its efforts, visit its website here.


North Carolina Harm Reduction

Focus Area: North Carolina
Grant Amount & Type: $112,500; Provide

Description: The North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC) engages in grassroots advocacy, technical assistance, policy development and direct services for people impacted by drug use, incarceration, sex work, chronic conditions like HIV and hepatitis and who are historically marginalized because of their race and/or gender identity. With HepConnect funding, NCHRC will create participant advisory boards, increase mobile syringe exchange hours, and expand outreach to improve access to harm reduction programs and healthcare to drug users. To learn more about the NCHRC and its efforts, visit its website here.


North Carolina Harm Reduction

Focus Area: North Carolina
Grant Amount & Type: $112,500; Educate

Description: The North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC) engages in grassroots advocacy, technical assistance, policy development and direct services for people impacted by drug use, incarceration, sex work, chronic conditions like HIV and hepatitis and who are historically marginalized because of their race and/or gender identity. With HepConnect funding, the NCHRC will expand harm reduction education justice-involved populations, broaden the educational training to drug users to include hepatitis C content and test a peer-to-peer educational model that will allow participants in the syringe exchange program to teach and learn about hepatitis C prevention, testing and treatment. To learn more about the NCHRC and its efforts, visit its website here.


North Carolina Survivors Union

Focus Area: North Carolina
Grant Amount & Type: $149,845; Educate

Description: North Carolina Survivors Union (NCSU) aims to improve the lives of people who have been targeted by the war on drugs by: organizing, growing, and strengthening, community led grassroots groups; educating, mobilizing and advocating for policies and programs grounded in harm reduction, healing and disability justice; providing direct services in areas where high risk communities are denied even the most basic services. With HepConnect funding, NCSU will increase training capacity by targeting directly impacted health educators who have or are vulnerable to hepatitis C virus in order to ensure adequately trained and resourced teams. To learn more about North Carolina Survivors Union and its efforts, visit its Facebook page here.


North Carolina Survivors Union

Focus Area: North Carolina
Grant Amount & Type: $149,625; Provide

Description: North Carolina Survivors Union (NCSU), in partnership with Advocacy House Services, Inc, aim to collaborate to improve the lives of people who have been targeted by the war on drugs by promoting the well-being, health, and dignity of marginalized community members using a social and racial justice lens so that they can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their lifestyle choices, gender identity, or expression. Using a collective voice anchored in science and informed by community leadership, their efforts and programs advance harm reduction techniques and practices that impact our communities through education, training, and advocacy. With HepConnect funding, NCSU and Advocacy House Services, Inc. will increase staff to expand outreach to communities of color and develop programs within their syringe exchange program to empower and build support for affected populations. To learn more about the efforts of North Carolina Survivors Union and Advocacy House Services, Inc., visit their Facebook pages here and here.


Steady Collective

Focus Area: North Carolina
Grant Amount & Type: $109,734; Provide

Description: Steady Collective’s goal is to improve overall community health by reducing the rate of drug overdose and the spread of infectious disease with education, advocacy and direct services. With HepConnect funding, Steady Collective will increase staffing at syringe exchange sites and new mobile distribution sites, and obtain more supplies for the safe injecting and overdose prevention programs in order to reduce the rate of drug overdose and spread of infectious diseases. To learn more about Steady Collective and its efforts, visit its website here.


Steady Collective

Focus Area: North Carolina
Grant Amount & Type: $28,132; Educate

Description: Steady Collective’s goal is to improve overall community health by reducing the rate of drug overdose and the spread of infectious disease with education, advocacy and direct services. With HepConnect funding, Steady Collective will establish training to educate community members and drug users about life-saving overdose medication and drug user rights. To learn more about Steady Collective and its efforts, visit its website here.


The Olive Branch Ministry

Focus Area: North Carolina
Grant Amount & Type: $150,000; Provide

Description: The Olive Branch Ministry is a faith-based harm reduction outreach organization based in the foothills of North Carolina. With HepConnect funding, The Olive Branch Ministry will create a holistic harm reduction drop-in center requiring program supplies, staff, volunteer stipends and an outreach vehicle to address the physical, emotional and spiritual (non-theological) needs of service users in order to reduce the spread of hepatitis C. To learn more about The Olive Branch Ministry and its efforts, visit its website here.


Twin City Harm Reduction Collective

Focus Area: North Carolina
Grant Amount & Type: $144,480; Provide

Description: The Twin City Harm Reduction Collective (TCHRC) is a harm reduction organization founded by and for drug users based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. With HepConnect funding, TCHRC will better resource staff, expand efforts to reach affected populations and extend its hours of operation. To learn more about the TCHRC and its efforts, visit its website here.


Twin City Harm Reduction Collective

Focus Area: North Carolina
Grant Amount & Type: $124,952; Educate

Description: The Twin City Harm Reduction Collective (TCHRC) is a harm reduction organization founded by and for drug users based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. With HepConnect funding, TCHRC will establish the “Educate, Organize, Mobilize” project in order to build coalitions in surrounding counties that will educate the community on the benefits of syringe service programs and how they can help reduce the risk of HIV, hepatitis C virus, and endocarditis with the goal of building at least one SSP per county. To learn more about the TCHRC and its efforts, visit its website here.


North Carolina AIDS Action Network

Focus Area: North Carolina
Grant Amount & Type: $100,738; Educate

Description: The North Carolina AIDS Action Network works to create a North Carolina that is free from stigma and discrimination and provide mutual support for people living with HIV/AIDS in North Carolina through education, advocacy and community. With HepConnect funding, the North Carolina AIDS Action Network will develop a peer education and outreach program specifically aimed at young men who use drugs in order to raise awareness about the HCV epidemic, promote HCV prevention strategies focused on harm reduction and emphasize the disparate impact on people of color in the community. To learn more about The North Carolina AIDS Action Network and its efforts, visit its website here.


Choice Health Network/Positively Living

Focus Area: Tennessee
Grant Amount & Type: $125,876; Provide

Description: Choice Health Network (CHN) strives to provide a full spectrum of care to the East Tennessee community, from harm reduction and prevention services to case management and medical care for people living with HIV. CHN will use HepConnect funding to bolster its burgeoning harm reduction program and meet community needs for syringes, injection supplies and naloxone. Funding will also help expand service hours, HIV and HCV screening and compensate participants for their expertise. To learn more about Choice Health Network and its efforts, visit its website here.


Next Step Initiative

Focus Area: Tennessee
Grant Amount & Type: $123,982; Provide

Description: The Next Step Initiative uses a comprehensive approach, including art, movement, mindfulness, poetry and music, to help families who are dealing with the opioid crisis. The Next Step Initiative will use HepConnect funding to support and expand its harm reduction and engagement services. With HepConnect funding, the Next Step Initiative will provide education, direct harm reduction and support services, as well as connect clients to needed services through active case management. To learn more about the Next Step Initiative and its efforts, visit its Facebook page here.


Next Step Initiative

Focus Area: Tennessee
Grant Amount & Type: $105,308; Educate

Description: The Next Step Initiative uses a comprehensive approach, including art, movement, mindfulness, poetry and music, to help families who are dealing with the opioid crisis. The Next Step Initiative will use HepConnect funding for a multi-purpose space to help cultivate ongoing learning and better health outcomes. With a dedicated space, Next Step Initiative will increase self-esteem and engage people who use drugs by providing access to clean laundry and showers, a computer center and a place for leadership and peer-to-peer opportunities. To learn more about Next Step Initiative and its efforts, visit its Facebook page here.


Street Works

Focus Area: Tennessee
Grant Amount & Type: $150,000; Provide

Description: Street Works is one of Tennessee’s leading HIV service organizations, providing free, confidential HIV testing and supportive services to persons living with HIV disease in the Nashville/Middle Tennessee area since 1997. Street Works will use HepConnect funding to expand and enhance hepatitis-related services for racial/ethnic minority individuals who use drugs. Funding will support the development of a culturally appropriate, trauma-informed and gender-specific continuum of care to meet the needs of individuals who use opiates and other substances and are at high-risk for contracting hepatitis C, including people who inject drugs. To learn more about Street Works and its efforts, visit its website here.


Tennessee Recovery Alliance

Focus Area: Tennessee
Grant Amount & Type: $149,639; Provide

Description: Tennessee Recovery Alliance works with other organizations to empower people impacted by substance abuse through mobilization, training and education. Tennessee Recovery Alliance will use HepConnect funding to expand harm reduction services. Efforts will include surveying people who use drugs in Knox County and surrounding counties and assisting with training for wound care for people who use drugs, overdose reversal, safer injection, medication-assisted treatment, and providing naloxone. To learn more about the Tennessee Recovery Alliance and its efforts, visit its website here.


Tennessee Recovery Alliance

Focus Area: Tennessee
Grant Amount & Type: $149,738; Educate

Description: Tennessee Recovery Alliance works with other organizations to empower people impacted by substance abuse through mobilization, training and education. Tennessee Recovery Alliance will use HepConnect funding for education and outreach. These efforts include conducting education and outreach workshops and training other organizations on the importance of meaningfully engaging with people who use drugs. To learn more about the Tennessee Recovery Alliance and its efforts, visit its website here.


Partnership to End AIDS Status (PEAS)

Focus Area: Tennessee
Grant Amount & Type: $135,998; Educate

Description: Founded with the goal of eradicating HIV/AIDS and other health disparities in the communities of Memphis, TN, Partnership to End AIDS Status (PEAS) is a grassroots organization serving communities of color to ensure physical, mental and social equality for all residents of the Memphis Transitional Grant Area by providing tools to make healthier decisions. PEAS will use HepConnect funding for peer-led advocacy and mobilization that aims to advance the rights and wellbeing of trans/cis women of color who face disproportionate structural inequities. PEAS will host HIV/hepatitis C/sexually transmitted infection educational workshops throughout the community and provide harm reduction resources during non-traditional service hours.


WeCareTN

Focus Area: Tennessee
Grant Amount & Type: $150,000; Educate

Description: WeCareTN works to support and inspire trans women of color in Tennessee. WeCareTN will use HepConnect funding to expand its Transpro program, a job readiness course for current or former sex workers led by current or former sex workers. WeCareTN will integrate harm reduction into the course to create a more holistic approach to improving the lives of trans women, building self-esteem, and cultivating leadership. To learn more about WeCareTN and its efforts, visit its website here.


Cabell-Huntington Health Department

Focus Area: West Virginia
Grant Amount & Type: $127,500; Provide

Description: Cabell-Huntington Health Department (CHHD) works to improve the health of people in West Virginia through their clinical, environmental, epidemiology and health and wellness services. With HepConnect funding, CHHD will expand the capacity of its harm reduction programs by providing clean syringes. To learn more about Cabell-Huntington Health Department and its efforts, visit its website here.


Opioid Response Innovation Initiative

Focus Area: West Virginia
Grant Amount & Type: $126,830; Provide

Description: The Opioid Response Innovation Initiative is working on the front lines of the opioid crisis to help organizations save more lives through human-centered design, the use of technology, and innovative approaches. With HepConnect funding, the Opioid Response Innovation Initiative will create a new peer support network to help prevent hepatitis C transmission and help individuals accessing recovery services. Funding will also support the work of two peer coaches who will be responsible for distributing narcan to county health departments. For more information about the Opioid Response Innovation Initiative and its efforts, visit its website here.


Milan Puskar Health Right/LIGHT Project

Focus Area: West Virginia
Grant Amount & Type: $127,500; Provide

Description: Milan Puskar Health Right (MPHR) is a free clinic for West Virginia's residents who are low-income, uninsured, underinsured or have Medicaid. With HepConnect funding, Milan Puskar Health Right will expand hepatitis C prevention services, mentor and train communities in harm reduction techniques and help people navigate the healthcare system. Funding will also allow MPHR to hire a new harm reduction coordinator and patient navigator. To learn more about Milan Puskar Health Right and its efforts, visit its website here.


Queer Appalachia and Virginia Harm Reduction Coalition

Focus Area: West Virginia
Grant Amount & Type: $149,924; Provide

Description: Queer Appalachia (QA) and the Virginia Harm Reduction Coalition (VHRC) work together to provide harm reduction resources and education to rural populations impacted by hepatitis C. With HepConnect funding, QA and VHRC will expand its harm reduction education programs, increase its networks and service delivery capabilities, and shift material resources to rural communities.


Queer Appalachia and Virginia Harm Reduction Coalition

Focus Area: West Virginia
Grant Amount & Type: $142,902; Educate

Description: Queer Appalachia (QA) and the Virginia Harm Reduction Coalition (VHRC) work together to provide harm reduction resources and education to rural populations impacted by hepatitis C. With HepConnect funding, QA and VHRC will expand its harm reduction education programs, increase its networks and service delivery capabilities, and shift material resources to rural communities.


Cabin Creek Health Systems

Focus Area: West Virginia
Grant Amount & Type: $127,500; Educate

Description: Cabin Creek Health Systems (CCHS) is a network of community health centers in Kanawha County that offers MAT and infectious disease screening and treatment as part of its primary care program. Coalition funding will be used to develop a community dashboard to measure the extent of the epidemic and effectiveness of interventions. Funding will also be used to reduce the harm of addiction through a community education campaign and by utilizing CCHS' school based centers to identify and support children who are at risk for substance use disorders. Finally, a "Lifesavers" program will be accelerated to expand access to Naloxone at local businesses and churches. To learn more about Cabin Creek Health Systems and its efforts, visit its website here.


The Community Education Group

Focus Area: West Virginia
Grant Amount & Type: $127,500; Educate

Description: The Community Education Group (CEG) develops creative and culturally appropriate programs to stop the spread of HIV and Hep C. CEG works to include the communities it serves, including people of color, transgender Americans, sex workers and ex-offenders. With HepConnect funding, the CEG will expand harm reduction services to include safe syringe programs, area cleans and linkages to care. These programs will increase public awareness and reduce community vulnerability to hepatitis C and HIV acquisition. To learn more about the Community Education Group and its efforts, visit its website here.