Jefferson Community Collaborative

We are a network of 79 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 Colleen Cadman 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:

Collaborative Year Kick-Off, Wednesday September 5, 2018

2 – 4 pm @ Jefferson Hospital Bibro Pavilion (2nd Floor in the Jefferson Room)

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 (*except summer 2018 meetings)
Where: Jefferson Room, Bibro Building (*except June 2018 Meeting)
Contact: Tim Hindes, Economic Development South; Paula Kelly, Whitehall Public Library;  Sarah Papperman, Wesley Family Services

Upcoming Meetings: 

Targeted Meeting for August 2018: Details TBA soon

Location: Jefferson Regional Foundation Office (Bibro Building, 3rd Floor)



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.

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

Upcoming meeting:

Friday, July 27, 2018

12:00 to 1:30 pm

Location: Southland Panera

Topic: Education Pathways for First Generation College Students



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:

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Time and Location: TBA



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 Glynis Arnold at Allegheny Health Choices Inc.


Upcoming Mental Health First Aid training opportunities:

Saturday June 9, 2018

Time:  8:30 am-5:00 pm

Location: Clairton Municipal Building

To register or get info:  call 412-872-4028 or contact Cynthia Moore at


Monday, June 18, 2018

Time:  8:30 am-5:00 pm

Location: CCAC South Campus (1750 Clairton Road, West Mifflin PA 15122)

To register or get info:  contact Michelle Thomas at


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Check back soon for the 2018-2019 Collaborative Calendar!


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. 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.




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