March 2017 Cambria County Health and Welfare Council Meeting Minutes

 

The regular monthly meeting of the Cambria County Health and Welfare Council was held on March 1, 2017 at 8:30am at the Alleghenies UCP.

Call to Order:  Davina Bixby, President

Attendance:

The following members and guests signed in:

Cindy DeBellis, Ken Geary, Rachael Leister, Michelle Younkin, Melody Ray, Kerry Tomb, Tony Penna, Barb Penna, Sarah Helman, Beverly Bender, Nicole McGrogan, Kristen Villarrial, Chris Baughman, Alice Price, Laura Perry-Thompson, John Thompson, Jude Peruso, Martha Faust, Cathy Ritter, Liz McGregor, Linda Wess, Frank Reidelbach, Sally McClintock, Joyce Bower, Sandy Farmer, Tasha Adams, Ingrid Kloss, Josh Yoder, Davina Bixby, Bridget Hall.

Announcements:

  •  Kids-a-Fair
    • June 9th from 4pm to 7pm
    • Looking for vendors
  •  Community Action Partnership of Cambria County
    • Electric Help – 1-888-282-6816
  •  Drug Coalition
    • Forever Media is providing positive messaging on prevention and education with “Hearts Against Heroin’ Campaign
  • Beginnings – CASA
    • Junior Board is planning a “Force for Beginnings: Mini –Con” event for April 29th, 2017
    • CASA Basket Party on March 19th at Richland Fire Hall (http://beginningsinc.org/index.php?page=casa-basket-party) ; tickets are $10 – doors open at 12noon, basket raffle begins at 2pm.
    • CASA Spring Volunteer Training begins on April 5th – training is over the course the of the month for a total of 30 hours
  • Meadoview Nursing Home
    • March is Social Service Recognition Month
  •  EARN Program
    • Helps clients find employment opportunities
  •  Alleghenies Unlimitied Care Providers
    • Activities is looking to partner with an agency for a project that the clients could do
    • Tasha Adams will be guest bartending on March 31st at JAHA
  • Gateway Health Medicare Assured program
    • Reach out to Sandy Farmer with questions 724-757-8815
    • Provided cupcakes for today’s meeting
  • American Red Cross
    • Red Tie Gala on April 1st
    • 100-year anniversary
    • March is Red Cross Month
  •  PA LINK
    • Housing 101 Training Series
    • Friday April 28th from 1pm to 4pm (see flyer for more details)
  • University of Pittsburgh Johnstown School of Social Work Program
    • Looking for field placement sites for MSW students - contact lpt@pitt.edu
  • Christ Centered Community Church
    • http://www.4cchurch.org/
    • Sunday March 26 – Ladies Fit for the Kingdom
      • 3pm
      • Topics include: Relationships, Peer relationships, and Friendships
    • Tuesday March 28th – Open Forum
      • 6pm
      • 531 Somerset Street
      • Questions in advance from Johnstown residents answered by a panel of experts including, County Commissioner, Tom Chernisky, Kelly Callahan, and more
  • Cambria County Child Development Corp.
    • Spring Extravaganza fundraiser – see flyer
  • Department of Health
    • Free Hep C testing
    • Provides education and building partnerships
  • ACRP
    • March 18th- Buffetman Beach Party
  • Geneva College Department of Graduate Studies
    • Masters and Bachelor’s programs – see flyer
  • Senior Life Johnstown
    • Basket Party on April 1st at Johnstown Senior Center
  • Coaches 4 Kids
    • 2nd Year for entrepreneurship & finance - offered for free thanks to donations
    • Assisting with the Wood Street Playground and Park Ave Playground
  • Learning Lamp
  •  Girl Scouts

Discussion Items

  • Finance Report was shared by Davina Bixby
    • $200 dollars deposited (membership dues)
  • Davina Bixby announced a vacant spot on the CCHWC executive board.  Anyone interested in Treasurer 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.
  • Website is being updated.
  • Potential Future Trainings
    • Survey Monkey will be sent out to determine memberships ideas/wants
      • Potential Training Ideas Included: CPR, conflict resolution, excel, etc.

 

Program:

Ken Geary, American Red Cross, introduced himself to the membership.  Ken discussed the services provided by the American Red Cross including:

  • Disaster Services: immediate assistance to help individuals, including comfort kits
  • Military Communications: follow-up with military families to be sure they have been well served by services provided
  • Health and Safety Trainings (CPR/Baby Sitting)
  • Blood Services: Red Cross provides 40% of nation’s blood supply
  • Home Fire Prevention Campaign: installed 4,000 smoke alarms for free in 7 counties served
    • Goal to reduce fire related deaths
  • Pillowcase Training – for grades 3 to 5

 

Next Month’s Meeting – Wednesdays April 5th, 2017

 

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

Respectfully Submitted,

Bridget Hall

Health and Welfare Council Secretary