Resilience, Health Equity, and Leadership, Link Pittsburgh and Glasgow, Scotland

March 14, 2017   No Comments

For Immediate Release
Contact: Lou Ann Jeremko
Executive Director
Consumer Health Coalition
412/4356-1877 Ext, 294

Resilience, Health Equity, and Leadership
Focus of RWJ Grant Linking Pittsburgh and Glasgow, Scotland


Pittsburgh-–The Consumer Health Coalition was recently awarded a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to connect organizations from Pittsburgh and Glasgow, Scotland, to develop a community health strategy focused on resilience and health equity to help build a Culture of Health in Pittsburgh. The goal of this project is to learn from Glasgow’s experience building a fairer, more equal society by effectively connecting resiliency and health to improve health equity.

Principal investigators for the project include Lou Ann Jeremko, Executive Director of the Consumer Health Coalition, and Ken Thompson, M.D., Principal VisibleHands Consulting. The Consumer Health Coalition is a Pittsburgh-based non-profit focused on improving the health of the region and advocating for and assisting consumers with access to healthcare. Thompson is a public service psychiatrist focused on achieving health equity and improving psychiatric services in the community. Working with Resilient Pittsburgh and the Allegheny County Health Department, the research team will communicate with Resilient Glasgow and the Glasgow Centre for Population Health.

“We are honored to receive this grant,” said Jeremko. “We look forward to working with our partners here, Resilient Pittsburgh and the Allegheny County Health Department, and learning and exchanging ideas with our partners in Glasgow, Resilient Glasgow and the Glasgow Centre for Population Health.”

Thompson added, “There are similarities between Pittsburgh and Glasgow that make it worthwhile to examine the work that Glasgow has already done to link health and resiliency. Both cities are part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative and both citiesare focused on achieving health equity.” He noted that that the cities are linked by history and that both have experienced de-industrialization, population loss, land contamination and limited opportunities for employment and health. The grant will focus on the four strategic pillars used by the 100 Resilient Cities program ( These include: place-based solutions, economic growth, community empowerment and civic participation.

“This grant offers us an unprecedented opportunity to learn from Glasgow and connect the community health improvement plan-the Plan for a Healthier Allegheny (PHA) – with Resilient Pittsburgh here at home to improve health inequalities,” said Dr. Karen Hacker, Director of the Allegheny County Health Department.

“The City of Pittsburgh is really honored to work with both of our local partners and our colleagues in Glasgow. We’ve learned a lot of lessons during the process of building the City’s first resilience strategy over the last year – a process shared with the City of Glasgow through the 100 Resilient Cities initiative,” said Grant Ervin, City of Pittsburgh Chief Resilience Officer.

“We’re excited about this trade of learning and knowledge between Resilient Cities, Glasgow and Pittsburgh. It will be very interesting to see how these two communities collaborate and learn from each other to accelerate their 100 Resilient Cities progress,’’ said Michael Painter, senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “Focusing hard on resilience and health equity are key pieces of building a Culture of Health here in the United States. Without question we need the best thinking and experiences from around the world to achieve that vision. We will all learn a great deal from this work and hope to see more communities embrace this sort of exchange.”

Continuously improving the health and well-being of residents is a priority area of Pittsburgh’s resilience strategy. Exploration, application and knowledge exchange between cities like Glasgow and Pittsburgh, given their similarities and unique approaches, is a smart way of advancing each other’s goals.

The project will include informal exchanges between the partners as well as visits by the grant partners to both cities. The project will culminate with a presentation in Pittsburgh to the ACHD

advisory coalition of the PHA, seeking commitments to action around policies and interventions for improved health equity outcomes.

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Introducing Our Human Library

February 23, 2017   No Comments

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Nothing defeats fear like a face.

We’re starting a new library. It’s unique feature: the contents are “human books.”

The Human Library is comprised of “human books.” These are real people who are available to share their stories and create conversation at organizations, schools, human resource departments, community groups, and faith groups.

“Human books” will include people with various life experiences such as living with a disability, being a refugee, or experiencing homelessness.

Originally begun in Denmark, the Human Library has grown into a worldwide movement for social change.

The process creates a positive framework for conversation to reduce stigma and increase awareness and empathy as we listen and dialogue with individuals too often marginalized due to misunderstanding and bias.

CHC’s Human Library is available thanks to  the Staunton Foundation. We will be recruiting and training our human books and placing books in various venues around our region.

Join us for the Highmark Walk for Health!

February 23, 2017   No Comments


Walk with us!

Here’s a healthy, active way to support Consumer Health Coalition. Walk for us in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community! This year’s event will take place on Saturday, May 13 at 9am at Stage AE.


Interested in becoming a sponsor?

Our sponsorship levels are described below. Simply complete our Sponsorship Form and mail it to: Consumer Health Coalition, 415 E Ohio St. Suite 300, Pittsburgh PA 15212.


Sponsorship Levels

Healthcare Hero – $1000 level sponsorship

  • Website banner ad in May on CHC homepage
  • Website link on Sponsorship Page and CHC website
  • Name listing on all promo materials
  • Special feature in our May newsletter
  • Signage at the event


Advocate Ally – $500 level sponsorship

  • Website link on Sponsorship Page and CHC website
  • Name listing on all promo materials
  • Special feature in our May newsletter
  • Signage at the event


Coverage Champion – $250 level sponsorship

  • Name listing on all promo materials
  • Listing in May newsletter
  • Signage at the event


Difference Maker – $100 level sponsorship

  • Listing in May newsletter
  • Signage at the event


Sign our Valentine for Senator Toomey!

February 9, 2017   No Comments

Health Care Valentine to Toomey


We need you to sign our Valentine!

Sally Jo Snyder, our Director of Advocacy, called forth her inner-poet and drafted a rhyming couplet Valentine for Senator Toomey.

We need you to get your colleagues, friends, family, everyone who cares about health care and is impacted by these policy decisions, to go to this link and sign our Valentine to Senator Toomey:

We plan to deliver these signed Valentines to Senator Toomey on Valentine’s Day this Tuesday, 14 February —- If you want to be part of the Valentine’s Day delivery, please contact Sally Jo at or 412.456.1877 x 203.


Roses are red
Violets are blue
Do you know the ACA has been
good for you too?

1 million Pennsylvanians with coverage is grand!
A 34% decline in the un-insured –
Wow! What a plan!
Closing the donut-hole sure was sweet!
Insuring folks with pre-existing conditions,
Just can’t be beat!

The facts are evident and so very clear
So, listen to me, my representative dear;
Please stop this talk of repair or repeal
Unless you come up with a much better deal!

#SpeakOut4Health: Theresa Relied on Her Health Coverage to Heal

February 8, 2017   No Comments

#SpeakOut4Health - Tara Sherry-Torres


Theresa Jenks was working as an assistant teacher and at a nonprofit employment center when she stubbed her toe. Due to complications with diabetes, this led to a serious infection.

Part of her foot had to be amputated. This meant staying in the hospital for eight days, staying in a nursing facility for a month, and receiving in-home medical care for another month, then another month of follow-up treatments.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Theresa had health coverage that covered all of these services. She was able to heal without incurring large medical bills.

“I wouldn’t be here without health care,” Theresa said.

You can read more of Theresa’s story and some of the other people we’ve helped in this story from Trib Live.


Help us support people like Theresa who rely on access the health care.
Share her story and share your own story. Speak Out 4 Health!


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