Population Health

Mental Health a focus of Center for Population Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and a time to work together to stop the stigma surrounding mental health and create a more understanding and compassionate community. Locally, Center for Population Health (CPH) is spearheading work to improve mental health and mental health provider knowledge in Cambria and Somerset counties. In 2023, CPH launched a [...]

Center for Population Health’s McMillan Named to 2024 Non-Profit Female Leaders list

Center for Population Health Executive Director Jeannine McMillan was nominated and named to Pennsylvania Business Central’s 6th Annual “Women in Business 2024 Top Non-Profit Female Leaders.” “It is an honor to receive this recognition and to be part of such an amazing organization working to improve the health and lives of residents in our communities,” [...]

Second week of April is Black Maternal Health Week

As we aim to improve overall health outcomes, health equity needs to be at the forefront of those conversations, especially when it comes to maternal health and low birth weight disparities. Health disparities are connected to social, economic, and environmental conditions known as social determinants of health (SDOH) – nonmedical factors that influence health outcomes. [...]

National Public Health Week promotes health equity

The first week in April is National Public Health week (NPHW) and is dedicated to the people, services, and systems that work tirelessly to promote health in every community across the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “strengthening the public health infrastructure in our nation means helping protect people from [...]

Make your vision a priority in March

National Save Your Vision Month is observed every March by the American Optometric Association and is a reminder to make your vision a top priority. In rural communities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that roughly one-third of adults live with a disability and 1 in 12 adults report having three or [...]

CDC updates guidance for respiratory illnesses

On March 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new Respiratory Virus Guidance to help people lower health risks posed by a range of common respiratory viral illnesses like COVID-19, flu, and RSV. If you think you have a respiratory virus, stay home and away from others if you are experiencing respiratory [...]

Which snacks are healthy for your teeth?

Did you know that the bacteria that causes cavities is contagious through saliva? This is especially important for parents and caregivers. The best practice is to avoid sharing a plate of food or blowing on your child’s food to help prevent spreading cavity-causing bacteria. Remember, the best way to prevent cavities is to brush every [...]

I get to help people in need: Meet new CHW Sonya

Tell me about yourself. My name is Sonya. I recently moved to Johnstown from Philadelphia. I used to be an income maintenance caseworker in Philadelphia. I enjoy being a Community Health Worker because I get to help people in need. I love to take walks, read, travel, and listen to music. How do you see [...]

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

Developing good dental hygiene and visiting the dentist from an early age is important for lifelong healthy teeth and gums. Every February the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of dental health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cavities are the [...]

CPH receives grants to help combat college food insecurity

Center for Population Health’s Local Food Systems Coordinator Nan McNinney has secured two grants to assist college students who may be facing food insecurity at Mount Aloysius College, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, Saint Francis University, and University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Community Foundation for the Alleghenies provided $3,800 and Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank provided [...]

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