Jefferson Community Collaborative

We are a network of 90+ 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 Behavioral Health
      o Family & Resident Engagement
      o Workforce Development


Interested in becoming a Jefferson Community Collaborative Member? Please download this Membership Form to apply, or contact Colleen Cadman at with any questions. 


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


Next Meeting

Annual Jefferson Community Collaborative Picnic
Details: Thursday, June 27th from 12:30 – 3:00 pm, Hosted by Melting Pot Ministries @Nativity Church South Park 

Register here to attend


Resources from Previous Meetings


Action Teams

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

Next Meeting: Thursday, July 11, 2019
Details: 9:00 – 10:00 am @ Brentwood Borough Public Library
Contact: Tim Hindes, Elevate412; Paula Kelly, Whitehall Public Library


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. Topics for the 2019 Calendar Year include Self Care, Financial Wellness Resources for Families, and Career Connections for the Unemployed.

Next Meeting: Thursday, July 18, 2019 on Financial Wellness for Parents & Families
Details: 12:00 – 1:30 pm @ Southland Panera
Contact: Tamera Stafford, Gwen’s Girls; Jim Barry, Boys and Girls Club of Western PA


Health Engagement

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

Next Meeting: TBA
Contact: LouAnn Jeremko, Consumer Health Coalition


Jefferson Area Census Leadership Team

This group of leaders from across the Jefferson Area is devoted to developing a local outreach plan to promote Census participation in South Hills & lower Mon Valley communities.

Next Meeting: July 2019, Exact Date TBA
Contact: Colleen Cadman, Jefferson Regional Foundation


Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a free public education program in which participants attend an eight-hour course with certified trainers to increase their knowledge around common mental health challenges, become equipped to offer assistance, and reduce stigma. Thirteen certified trainers from the Jefferson area have educated more than 600 community members on MHFA.

If you are interested in joining our core group of local trainers, hosting a training at your organization, or attending a training session, please contact Barb Saunders at Allegheny Health Choices Inc.


Additional Resources

Collaborative Newsletters

Our monthly e-newsletters include meeting information and updates, Collaborative Member Spotlights, advocacy resources, and community announcements and news. Check out our past newsletters here. Email Colleen Cadman to be adding to our mailing list.


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. The 2018 Jefferson Forum was held on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Click here for highlights and pictures.


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.


For More Information


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