Community of Practice (COP)

A Community of Practice (CoP) is defined as "a group of people who share a concern, a set of problems, or a passion about a topic, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise by interacting on an ongoing basis" (CDC)

A venn diagram  with overlapping values of Domain - Area of shared interest & key issues, Practice - Body of knowledge methods, stories, tools developed, Community - Relationships built through discussion, activities and learning

The IMPACT WV program and the West Virginia Home Visitation program are partnering to launch a series of Communities of Practice (CoP) to help participants exchange technical information and share experiences about a variety of topics related to serving clients currently experiencing or who have past experiences with substance abuse.


Recovery Interventions and Success Stories
October 4, 2022, 3:00 to 4:00 PM ET
Zoom online meeting

Marshall Health’s Creating Opportunities for Recovery Employment (CORE) is a regional workforce infrastructure that spans 12-counties in southern West Virginia purposed to assist individuals in recovery in obtaining employment. In partnership with treatment providers, community resources agencies, and employers, CORE has successfully assisted over 400 individuals in obtaining employment and strengthen recovery-supportive workplaces throughout West Virginia.

The second half of the session will include a Peer Recovery Coach sharing a recovery success story.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the CORE program and its mission
  • Understand CORE’s strategic approach to provide recovery-support through coordinated care among treatment providers, resource agencies, and employers
  • Discuss CORE’s regional impact
  • Learn opportunities to connect with CORE
  • Describe a recovery intervention success story

Presenter: Ashley, Shaw and Brian Kennedy

Ashley Shaw, MS, MBA, is CORE (Creating Opportunities for Recovery Employment) Director with Marshall Health within the division of Addiction Sciences. In this capacity, Ashley serves as the primary program liaison for CORE’s 12-county regional infrastructure purposed to provide workforce development training and job placement assistance to individuals in recovery. Ashley has 10 years of professional experience in workforce development program oversight working extensively with non-profit organizations in creating career skills training programs, building collaborative community partnerships, and assisting individuals in obtaining competitive employment opportunities. Additionally, Ashley has taught in both public schools and post-secondary education institutions. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in secondary education, a master’s degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources. Ashley is a wife and mom of two boys, Charles and Elias, who all enjoy walks to the park, ice-cream on Sundays, and time spent with family.

Brian Kennedy is a Recovery Coach for Taylor County Family Resources. He has two years’ experience in this role. Kennedy’s ultimate goal is to get his addicted contemporaries in the stage of recovery! He also is aspiring to educate those younger than himself about the dangers and consequences of succumbing to addiction. Kennedy’s biggest achievement, if you ask him, is getting a particular couple into treatment and seeing them thrive after. Brian has gotten over 500 people into treatment but is humble about his talent to be relatable. He strives to be accountable and genuine with his experiences to help others. Kennedy loves outdoor activities like ginseng and morel harvesting, hunting (with a camera) and fishing. His north star is working on moving forward and helping others to do the same.

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