April 2017 Cambria County Health and Welfare Council Meeting Minutes

 The regular monthly meeting of the Cambria County Health and Welfare Council was held on April 5, 2017 at 8:30am at the Alleghenies UCP.

Call to Order:  Davina Bixby, President


The following members and guests signed in: Carla Smith, Diana Grosik, Annette Comiskey, Jude Peruso, Kate Porter, Ronna Yablonski, Monica MacIntyre, Frank Reidelbach, Eileen Pierson, McKenzie Warshel, Katie Kovacic, Becky Martinazzi, Joyce Bowers, Tasha Adams, Cindy DeBellis, Cheryl DeMarco, Rachael Leister, Melody Ray, Jim Redmond, Stephanie Fry, Kerry Tomb, Becky Hendrickson, Tyler Torchia, Stacie Holsinger, Eric Hochfeld, Barb Penna, Beverly Bender, Chris Baughman, Laura Perry-Thompson, John Thompson, Jacki Trexler, Apryl Dolgas, Lisa Stofko, Liz McGregor, Davina Bixby, and Bridget Hall.


  •  Kids-a-Fair
    • June 9th from 4pm to 7pm at Trojan Stadium
    • Planning Meeting on April 28th at 12:30pm at Beginnings, Inc
    • Expecting approximately 900 individuals to attend this year’s Kids-a-Fair


  •   ACRP
    • Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community on May 20th
    • Golf Tournament later this summer
  •  Cambria County Drug Coalition
    • April 22 – Richland Fire Department – Prescription Drug Take Back Event
      • Permanent sites: Courthouse and Richland Police Department
  • Johnstown Back Pack Project
    • April 23 – Basket Party
  •  Central Labor Council
    • Letter Carrier Food Drive in May
  • Cambria County Library
    • 14th Annual Night of Music
      • Friday 4/28, 7pm – 9:30pm
      • Tickets on sale at the Library
  •  Alleghenies Unlimited Care Providers
    • Garden outside of Alleghenies UCP for consumers
    • 1st Anniversary of the Little Red Mailbox
      • Inspirational Rock Garden
      • Thursday April 13th at mailbox in Point Park (Johnstown)
      • 11am to 1pm
    • Cinco de Meow – pet supply drive for the 1st week of May
  • Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank
    • Summer Feeding Program – free meals for kids 18 and under
  • Christ Centered Community Church 
  • Career Link
    • May 2nd Job Fair 1pm – 5pm
  • Child Advocacy Center
    • Selling pinwheels for $1 and T-shirts for $10 to raise awareness against child abuse
    • April 20 – Stand Up Against Child Abuse
      • At UPJ
      • $30
  •  Girl Scouts
    • Great option for girls to get involved

Discussion Items

  • Finance Report was shared by Davina Bixby
    • No changes to account for the month
    • Liz McGregor is the new treasurer for the Cambria County Health and Welfare Council
  • Davina Bixby announced a vacant spot on the CCHWC executive board.  Anyone interested in 2nd Vice President is asked to contact Davina at dbixby@gswpa.org. If more than one person is interested in a spot it will go to a vote to the membership.
  • Check the Website for updated announcements.
  •  Individuals now have the ability to submit announcements. http://www.cambriacountyhealthandwelfare.org/submit-announcement/


Carla Smith, Cambria County Human Trafficking Response Team, introduced herself to the membership.  Carla discussed the 2nd fastest growing crime, Human Trafficking.

  • Labor Trafficking and Sex Trafficking are the two types of Human Trafficking
  • Local signs are increase in hospital STD test for young girls and males not leaving the side of female patients
  • Several things can make victim’s vulnerable:
    • Age, unstable home life, homelessness, physical/sexual abuse or neglect, history of running away, low self-esteem, addiction to drugs/alcohol, or involvement with the juvenile justice system/child welfare system
  • View the You Tube video “The making of a Girl” for a look at human trafficking
  • The Cambria County Human Trafficking Response Team grew out of the SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) and is a multi-disciplinary team.
    • Hosting a screening of “I am Jane Doe” on April 27th at Westwood Plaza at 6:30pm
    • Purchase tickets at the door or online
  • What Can I Do?
    • Educate yourself
    • Get involved with local response team
    • Write Senators to support SB 851
    • Don’t be a part of the demand
    • Download Traffik Cam app and use when traveling. (Take 4 pictures of hotel rooms)
    • Report Something Suspicious
      • National Trafficking Hotline – 1-888-373-7888
      • Homeland Security Tip Line – 1-866-347-2423 

Next Month’s Meeting – Wednesday May 3rd, 2017

The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 by Davina Bixby, President.

Respectfully Submitted,

Bridget Hall

Cambria County Health and Welfare Council Secretary