SDOH

Racism still a driver in preventing healthy lives

Racial and ethnic disparities prevent millions of people from living their healthiest lives possible. Throughout the United States, racial and ethnic minority groups experience higher rates of illness and death due to health conditions like diabetes, hypertension, obesity, asthma, and heart disease compared White people. While the self-reported health status of Black and African Americans [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

January is National Blood Donor Month

Did you know that every 2 seconds someone in the United States needs blood or platelets? Blood is essential in surgeries, treatments, traumatic injuries, and other lifesaving measures. Without blood donation, millions of people would be at risk of losing their lives. January is National Blood Donor Month and a great time to book an [...]

Health-related social needs, a top priority

Understanding how social determinants of health (SDOH) and health-related social needs (HRSN) affect a person’s overall health is critical to reducing health disparities. Social determinants of health are the conditions in the environment where people are born, live, work, and play. Healthy People 2030 categorizes SDOH into five groups: Economic Stability Education Access and Quality [...]

November is American Diabetes Month 

More than 1 in 3 adults are considered prediabetic; however, most don’t know they have it. November is American Diabetes Month and a time to raise awareness about this important public health issue. According to Healthy People 2030, more than 30 million people in the United States have diabetes. It is also the seventh leading [...]

October is Health Literacy Month

October is Health Literacy Month and a perfect time to highlight the importance of knowing and understanding your health diagnoses and care. Health literacy is the ability to read, understand, remember, and use information to make decisions about your health. When it comes to Health Literacy, there are two different types: Personal Health Literacy, which [...]

CPH cohosts Community Health Summit and Poverty Simulation

The United Way of the Laurel Highlands, 1889 Foundation, Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, Vision 2025, and Center for Population Health (CPH) hosted the annual Cambria/Somerset Community Health and Human Services Summit on August 17, 2023 at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Living Learning Center. Representatives from Health and Human Service agencies in the [...]

Get your child ready for school with these Back-to-School tips

The new school year is just around the corner. Back to school can place pressure on children and parents; follow these back-to-school health tips from Johns Hopkins Medicine to help you and your children have a successful year: Focus on your child’s nutrition: 17% of youth aged two to 19 in the United States are [...]

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