Community Health Connections
February 2021 - Vol.2, Issue 2
Sectors Unite to Form
Cambria/Somerset Covid-19 Task Force
In an effort to coordinate Covid-19 vaccination roll-out across Cambria and Somerset Counties, representatives from various sectors have come together to form the Cambria/Somerset Covid-19 Task Force. The first official meeting was held February 16th. Members hope to coordinate existing vaccination efforts, as well as efforts to reach the most vulnerable residents in both counties. This includes those over 65, those with medical conditions, and those lacking transportation and internet. The task force remains open to any entities or individuals involved with vaccination endeavors across Cambria and Somerset counties.
"Be who you needed"
Cait Farber, HUB Community Health Worker
Check out this month’s Community Health Worker (CHW) spotlight with Cait Farber, employed by HUB care coordination agency, Alleghenies United Cerebral Palsy.

"Eviction, abuse, single parent life, homeless, unemployed... I’ve been there. It’s so hard to pull yourself out of it, but it’s not impossible. It’s what makes me a competent and successful community health worker. I’m not here to tell you how to live. I’m an everyday member of our community who has used the exact resources I refer my participants to."
Center selected for PA DHS
Regional Accountable Health Council (RAHC)
1889 Jefferson Center for Population Health has been selected by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services to be a member of the Regional Accountable Health Council (RAHC) for the Southwest PA region. The RAHCs will be forums for strategic health planning across all entities in our health system to improve health outcomes throughout each region. Efforts will be centered at the community level to address key health, health equity, and social determinants of health issues. A RAHC will be formed within each PA region: Southeast, Southwest, Northeast, Northwest, and Lehigh Capital. Learn more about RAHCs.

Jeff Vaughn: Creating a Mission-Driven Culture
This month, we're featuring an interview with Jeffery Vaughn, Executive Director of HUB care coordination agency, Community Action Partnership of Cambria County. Check it out!

“When you have a position where you can influence people, you can use it the wrong or right way. I’d rather be a coach than a boss – I’d rather show you what to do instead of tell you what to do.”

News Bites
Throughout February, the Tribune-Democrat is interviewing local black community members, who are sharing their experiences, influences and hopes for the future in connection with Black History Month and the Ron Fisher African American History Educational Fund.

Thank you to Adagio Health for providing 100 Quit Bags for HUB participants! Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to develop ear infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, and asthma. Ask family and friends to support your decision, and ask Tobacco Free Adagio Health for help becoming smoke-free. They offer no-cost one-on-one coaching and support, along with classes and free nicotine replacement therapy.
Thanks to the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and the SWPA Contact Tracing Consortium, we've been able to distribute Steelers "Winners Wear Masks" signs across Cambria and Somerset Counties. If you or your agency would like signs, email us. Pictured left, Cambria County Commissioner Tom Chernisky drops off signs with Vickie Hauzie at Beaver Street Cafe in Hastings (Cambria County).
The Community Care HUB (HUB) aims to improve health outcomes of at-risk individuals in Cambria and Somerset counties, through the mobilization of Community Health Workers (CHWs) and an integrated network of community-based organizations. The HUB is now accepting referrals of pregnant mothers and their family members.

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