Jefferson Community Collaborative

We are a network of over 100 community-serving organizations who are committed to bringing together change-makers to positively impact the health & vitality of communities south of Pittsburgh.

Our Vision:
To create agile, healthy, and sustainable communities for diverse populations throughout the Jefferson region while:
      o Serving as an incubator for powerful ideas and promising practices
      o Improving the capacity of community-serving organizations
      o Facilitating group action on community aspirations

Our Current Priorities
      o Behavorial Health
      o Family & Resident Engagement
      o Workforce Development

We are currently accepting new Member Organizations. Please download this Membership Form to apply, or contact Courtney Lefebvre at with any questions. 



MEMBER MEETINGS are convened throughout the year (August, October, January, March, and a Picnic in June) and focus on advancing priority issues, capacity building opportunities, resource and data sharing, and networking opportunities.

Next Meeting:

January 23, 2018

2:00 – 4:00 pm

Jefferson Room- 2nd Floor Bibro Building, Jefferson Hospital Campus

Future Meetings:

March 28, 2018

June 23, 2018


Resources from Previous Meetings



Community Engagement

The outreach arm of the Collaborative, this group is focused on gathering and presenting key data regarding core issues in the region and reaching out to engage municipal leaders in the work of the Collaborative

When: Preceding Full Collaborative meetings, 1-2PM
Where: Jefferson Room, Bibro Building
Contact: Sarah Papperman, Family Services of Western PA; Maria Cruz, Live Well Allegheny

Upcoming Meetings: 

January 23, 2018

March 28, 2018



Eat and Educate Series

A lunch series focused on resource sharing and system navigation, targeted towards frontline workers. Meetings focus on specific topics and bring in speakers from a variety of sectors throughout the year.

When: Schedule TBA
Where: Locations throughout the area
Contact: Tamera Stafford, Gwen’s Girls; Jim Barry, Boys and Girls Club of Western PA

Upcoming meeting:

Thursday, November 16, 2017

12:00 to 1:00 pm

Blue Flame Restaurant

1360 Route 51, Jefferson Hills, PA 15025



Health Engagement

This group coordinates wellness initiatives throughout the Jefferson Region and currently focused on the issue of tobacco-cessation.

When: 2nd Tuesday of every month, 8:30-9:30AM
Where: Jefferson Regional Foundation Office
Contact: Jim Guffey, South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM); Janet O’Brien, Jefferson Hospital

Upcoming meetings:

November 14, 2017

December 12, 2017

January 9, 2018

February 13, 2018

March 13, 2018



Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a public education program in which participants work with certified trainers to increase their knowledge around common mental health challenges, become equipped to offer assistance, and reduce stigma. Trainings are free for interested nonprofits.

For additional information or to organize or register for MHFA training, contact Tina Zimmerman at Allegheny Health Choices Inc.:


Upcoming Mental Health First Aid training opportunities:

Mental Health First Aid for Youth Providers

Monday, November 20, 2017

8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Venture Outdoors:  33 Terminal Way, Suite 537A, Pittsburgh PA  15219

Trainer: Shauna Frantz-  email:  phone: 412-650-1133

To sign up for this training: website under current trainings or

Lady Gaga, who is herself trained in Mental Health First Aid, has committed to recruiting 150,000 MHFA trainers nationally this year, and as part of her recruitment effort, tries to visit trainings in the cities where she tours. She will be in Pittsburgh for her concert that evening, so there is a slight chance that Lady Gaga may choose to visit this location to promote her work. There will be t-shirts and giveaways to mark the occasion, and breakfast and lunch will be provided.



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Additional Resources

Jefferson Community Directory

A resource guide that includes contact information for qualified service providers in the Jefferson Region, organized by service area and designed to assist service providers with referrals and networking.



Annual Jefferson Forum

A yearly gathering of leaders from around the region focusing on networking and capacity building. Stay tuned for the date for the 2018 Jefferson Forum.



Jefferson Community Snapshots

Local data compiled by the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Social and Urban Research, organized by community and available for use by all members of the Collaborative.




If you are interested in your organization becoming an active Collaborative member, please contact