Implications of Coronavirus for People Living with HIV/AIDS


It is unknown how many people living with HIV/AIDS have tested positive for Covid-19 in the United States. The ADAP Advocacy AssociationCommunity Access National NetworkCommunity Education GroupHealthHIV, and the Legacy Health Endowment are working in collaboration to gain a greater perspective on this issue. As such, if you are HIV-positive and reside in the United States, then please take one minute to complete our very brief survey.



ASSISTANCE REQUESTED: WV State Office of Rural Health – Recruitment Incentives

Your expertise and guidance are needed.  On behalf of the West Virginia State Office of Rural Health, the WVU Institute for Community and Rural Health seeks to identify effective ways to strengthen the healthcare workforce in West Virginia – particularly in rural areas.

As you well know, a robust workforce is necessary to efficiently and effectively care for our aging population and our future generations.  Accessible healthcare impacts education, our economy, and employment opportunities.

Specifically, we wish to understand which recruitment and retention incentives are working and what other incentive programs will help you reduce the turnover of health care staff in your organization.

As a starting point, please take 5-10 minutes to complete the survey at this link by Monday, February 1st

Please also consider participating in a virtual focus group to discuss the results of this survey and provide us more detailed information about your experiences on the front line.  Additional information on these forums will be provided soon.

Your time and attention are most appreciated. We hope you will complete this survey and look forward to seeing you virtually.


April Vestal, MPH

WVU Institute of Community and Rural Health


West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute, Inc. Launches Project to Discern Community Perceptions of Harm Reduction Efforts

During January 2021, the West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute, Inc. will conduct an analysis of community opinions on SUD, harm reduction, and syringe exchange. The project is not intended to assess or evaluate any specific program but will assess community perceptions and attitudes and determine gaps that exist in addressing SUD (specifically in Kanawha County). The research will include an online (anonymous) short-survey individuals can complete. The survey will be open to the public via the Institute’s website,, from January 8 through 22, 2021. Individuals wishing to participate in the additional discussion (listening sessions or focus groups in late January) can choose to identify themselves and share contact information. The project will culminate in the release of a document summarizing the survey data and focus groups along with recommendations for addressing SUD in Kanawha County and the State.

Take the Survey

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U.S. Census 2020: Engagement Opportunities for Rural Health Stakeholders

We know it’s important to get those rural counts, but what can you do?

Rural healthcare providers and stakeholders play an important role in assuring a complete count of the population in rural communities during the 2020 Census.

The NOSORH Program Analysis & Response Committee (PARC) developed a new issue brief for State Offices of Rural Health (SORH), rural healthcare providers and other rural health stakeholders on how they can help support ‘hard-to-count’ populations.

The issue brief provides an overview of the challenges to rural Census counts/enumerations and outlines engagement opportunities for rural healthcare providers and rural health stakeholders.

Looking for more?

Check out the Resources by Topic and Position Statements sections of the NOSORH website.