Community Health Connections
March 2022 - Vol.3, Issue 3
Public Health Week is April 4-10!
During Public Health Week, we want to thank our amazing Community Health Workers (CHWs) and Community Health Worker Supervisors for the frontline work they do every day.

In celebration of Public Health Week, we will be hosting a virtual scavenger hunt on our website. Individuals must submit their responses between April 4 and April 10 to be eligible for the drawing for one of four restaurant gift cards: Balance Restaurant, Flood City Café, Coal Miner's Diner, or Kings Family Restaurant.
Local Food Coordinator Position will enhance food system projects across Cambria County
“We’re hiring – apply for the Local Food System Coordinator position today!

Building and strengthening relationships between food distributors and those who need better access to healthier foods is a priority of the Local Foods, Local Places initiative in Cambria County. With this goal in mind, the 1889 Jefferson Center for Population Health collaborated with 40 local stakeholders, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (The Food Bank), Aetna Foundation, and 1889 Foundation to create a Local Food System Coordinator Position for Cambria County.
Housing plays an important role in health
Housing is a well-established Social Determinant of Health (SDOH) and plays a large role in mental and physical well-being. As a whole, people facing housing instability can experience a wide variety of challenges like, having trouble paying rent, overcrowding, frequent moving, staying with relatives, spending the bulk of the home’s income on housing, and more.
Meet our new Referral Coordinator Amy Bunn
Amy was born and raised in Johnstown, PA. She has been married to her husband, Joel for 27 years and currently resides in Upper Yoder Twp. They have two sons Connor (24) and Cameron (21). She was a stay-at-home mom while her boys were young and thoroughly enjoyed being a “hockey and baseball” mom for many years. She enjoys their annual summer trips to the beach with family. Amy eventually returned to work at multiple doctor offices in the area. Most recently, working at Conemaugh OB/GYN for the past three years. In her role as Referral Coordinator, Amy will be responsible for making client referrals to Community Health Workers for at-risk individuals that live in Cambria/Somerset Counties who require services provided by the Community Care HUB. She is excited to join such a compassionate and caring team that focuses on helping others to obtain their goals in life.
What are Community Care HUB participants saying about their Community Health Workers?
We recently conducted interviews with active and inactive Community Care HUB participants. These are some of the words they used to describe their Community Health Workers!
Women's History Month theme celebrates caregivers and frontline workers
Women’s History Month is a time to highlight and celebrate the contributions of women. This year, the designated theme for March 2022 is “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.”

According to the National Women’s History Alliance (NWHA), the theme is “both a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history.”
Women's History Month's Notable People
  • Mary Walk became the first women to serve in the U.S. army as a contract surgeon and the only woman recipient of the Medal of Honor. She served during the Civil War.
  • Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman in the United States to earn a medical degree. She went to Geneva Medical College in upstate New York. Dr. Blackwell joined forces with two other women doctors – Dr. Marie Zakrzewska and Dr. Emily Blackwell – establishing the New York Infirmary for Indigent Women and Children where they treated poor patients and provided medical training for women.
  • Dr. Virginia Alexander founded and opened the Aspiranto Health Home in Philadelphia home in 1931. Dr. Alexander cared for the very poorest members of her community. In her work, Dr. Alexander studied racism in healthcare. She showed how segregation and racism harmed Black Americans' health.
  • Dr. Margaret "Mom" Chung was the first Chinese American women to become a physician. In the 1920s, Dr. Chung founded one of the first Western medical clinics in San Francisco's "Chinatown."
  • Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte was the first Native American woman to achieve a medical degree. She attended Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania and graduated a year early and first in her class. At age 24, she rejected a job opportunity on the east coast and returned to her Omaha reservation, becoming the sole doctor for 1,200 people covering over 400 miles.

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News Bites
CHW Flor Hernandez to present at NPHW Kickoff event
Community Care HUB Community Health Worker Flor Hernandez, Beginnings, Inc., is serving as a panelist for the American Public Health Association's National Public Health Week Forum April 4. The theme this year is "Public Health is Where You Are."

The Forum is the national kickoff for National Public Health Week.

Keynote Speaker: Bernadette Lim, MPH, Founder, Freedom School for Intersectional Medicine and Health Justice

Moderator: Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN, President, American Public Health Association

Panelists: Conrado Bárzaga, MD, CEO, Desert Healthcare District and Foundation and Flor Hernandez, CHW, Beginnings, Inc.
*Note that when you get to the registration page, you must hit the “purchase” button.*
CHWs and Executive Director to speak at Jefferson College of Population Health PopTalk
Stephanie Buck
Jeannine McMillan
Justina Schreiber
Community Health Workers (CHWs) Stephanie Buck, Community Action Partnership of Cambria County, and Justina Schreiber, Beginnings, Inc., and Jeannine McMillan, executive director of the 1889 Jefferson Center for Population Health, will speak at Jefferson College of Population Health's PopTalk March 30. The theme for the webinar is "The Community Health Worker: A Bridge to Address the Social Determinants of Health.
WalkWorks Wednesdays is coming back soon!
WalkWorks Wednesdays is coming back to downtown Johnstown April 27 at 12 noon.
Community Care HUB CHWs offered scholarship opportunity
Thanks to funding through the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge, through the American Public Health Association and Aetna Foundation, continuing education scholarship awards are now available to HUB CHWs. Each CHW can apply for up to $800 for classes, certifications, trainings, conferences, or programs related to social/human services, health services, health equity, and/or behavioral health.

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