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


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.


  •  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 ( ; 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
  • Christ Centered Community Church
    • 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 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.



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