Community Action Partnership of Cambria County held its 55th Annual Awards event virtually on September 17, 2020. This year, 1889 Jefferson Center for Population Health staff Jeannine McMillan (Executive Director, Community Care HUB) and Leanna Bird (Project Manager) were honored to be the recipients of the Anthony Genovese Community Award. Jeannine and Leanna were nominated and selected for their community-wide efforts with the Community Care HUB initiative in Cambria and Somerset Counties.

Jeffrey Vaughn, Executive Director of Community Action Partnership of Cambria County, said “Jeannine and Leanna have worked tirelessly in making early community contacts, coordinating the contracts with service providers and implementing the program as well. They are well deserving candidates for this award!”

Jacqueline LaRue received this year’s Paul Bennett Board Award. Jacqueline is the current liaison with the Early Childhood/Head Start Policy Council and the agency’s Board of Directors. This role requires attendance and participation at multiple meetings in both areas. She has also actively participated in assisting with the programs interviewing and hiring process as well. Although new to the agency’s Board, she has demonstrated a strong commitment to serving others and being actively involved in all levels!

Other awards that were presented include the Dorothy G. Lewis Employee Award which went to Deborah Morgan, a State Head Start Teacher, as well as the Staff Years of Service awards. More information on the Community Action Partnership of Cambria County 55th Annual Awards event can be found here.

The Anthony Genovese Community Award was originally given to Anthony Genovese’s wife in 1983 in his memory. Anthony Genovese was on the Community Action Board of Directors and was active in the community with the Senior Employment Program (1974) . He later worked in the Cambria County Commissioner’s office (1980). He was a strong supporter for helping the underprivileged and helping others do better in their lives. Mr. Genovese passed away in April 1983.

The Community Care HUB is an organized, outcome focused, network of Care Coordination Agencies (CCAs) who hire and train community health workers (CHWs) to reach out to those at greatest risk. The HUB helps to coordinate community resources to reduce the medical, behavioral and social barriers to care.

Anyone can refer an eligible individual to the HUB with their consent, including medical providers, social service agencies, community organizations, and self-referrals. To refer someone or to learn more about the Community Care HUB, visit:, call 814-535-5156 or email