June Independence Insider

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Alleghenies United Cerebral Palsy Service Coordination


Monique Dalton Team Autism

Ryann Lewis

Team AmeriHealth

HIGHMARK WALK U P D AT E We are currently in the last month of our 2020 Virtual Highmark Walk. So far, we are nearly 75% of the way to our collective goal of $7,500. We are really counting on your support as we continue to make an impact on our community. Our next Virtual Walk weekend is on June 6-7th and for those that walk and raise at least $15, you will earn 2 FREE t-shirts! For more information or to make a donation, go to: www.scalucp.org/hmw2020 or visit us on social media!

June 2020

NEW BUSINESS Alleghenies United Cerebral Palsy is honored to have been chosen to be part of the Community Care HUB in Somerset and Cambria counties. “The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent impact on particularly vulnerable populations requires a comprehensive, community-based approach to health now more than ever. The 1889 Jefferson Center for Population Health is implementing the nationally-recognized Pathways Community HUB (HUB) model to enhance community-based care coordination and Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) intervention efforts to impact the health outcomes of our most vulnerable residents. A HUB is an organized, outcome focused, network of Care Coordination Agencies (CCAs) who hire and train community health workers (CHWs) to reach out to those at greatest risk. The HUB helps to coordinate community resources to reduce the medical, behavioral and social barriers to care, such as employment, housing and transportation, for individuals with complex health needs. The initial priority population eligible for a HUB referral will include pregnant women living in the City of Johnstown eligible for or receiving medical assistance; and all pregnant women living in Cambria or Somerset counties who have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes.” Alleghenies United Cerebral Palsy provides in-home services for individuals with physical disabilities, CEO Tammy Rhoades said. “For us, this was a great opportunity to expand and to learn about the community health workers,” she said. “We are an organization with social workers, so it fits right into our work.” To read the full press release and to learn more about the Community Care HUB, go to: https://bit.ly/3ejJTYI

2020 BE THE FUTURE SCHOLARSHIP For the second year, Alleghenies United Cerebral Palsy offered two $1,000 scholarships to Pennsylvania graduating seniors. The 2020 recipients have been announced by their schools and we are pleased to introduce them to you: Emily P. Sherry from Central Cambria HS and Brandon Augustine from South Western HS. Both students have plans to go into nursing and we know how Emily P. Sherry Central Cambria important it is to support our current and future front-line workers. Thank you, Emily and Brandon, for choosing to make a lifetime commitment of ensuring the health of your community. We wish you the best of luck in all that you do. AUCP also thanks all of our generous donors for making it possible to award these two $1,000 scholarships. You are helping us make an impact on the future for these young adults. To read more about this years recipients or to make a donation, Brandon Augustine go to: https://bit.ly/AUCPscholarship. South Western

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THANKING OUR FIRST RESPONDERS Over the month of May we had the honor of delivering coffee and donuts to first responders in different areas that we serve throughout PA. In addition to the coffee and donuts, a donation was made for Personal Protective Equipment. A special “thank you” to Conemaugh Township EMS, Vigilant Hose Company #1 Of Port Vue; Station 237, and Southeastern Adams Volunteer Emergency Services (S.A.V.E.S.) for the services that they provide each day. And to all the First Responders across the nation that selflessly give of themselves day after day… Thank you for ensuring the health and safety of the communities that you serve.

S TA F F H I G H L I G H T - T O M L AW S O N June’s Staff Highlight is Tom Lawson, a Programs Manager here at AUCP for the OLTL and Adult Autism Waiver programs. Originally from Western New York, Tom moved to New Jersey when he was 21, and last June he relocated to Ligonier, PA. For college, he attended State University of New York (York) majoring in Sociology with a concentration in Law, Justice, and Society. Tom and his “saint” of a wife, Wendy, celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary last month. They have a 19 year-old son, Jared, who just completed his Freshman year at the University of Alabama. They also have a 4 year-old husky named Truman who keeps them active. Tom would describe himself as a sports “junkie,” specifically of the Buffalo Sabres, Cleveland Indians and the Buffalo Bills. If he’s not watching sports on T.V. or live with his friends, he might be watching the Weather Channel or ALF. He is also a fan of music, both listening to and attending concerts. He saw Metallica twice last year in a three day span! His biggest goal in life is to be the best father to Jared and husband to Wendy that he can be. He likes to make people smile and bring humor to as many aspects of life that he can. Tom also finds fulfillment in serving his community, whether it is serving meals on Thanksgiving, coaching youth hockey, or being active with a Bulldog Rescue. His dream job would be to work as the General Manager of a sports team and put together a group of players with a common goal of winning a championship. His favorite part of working at AUCP is being able to meet so many awesome people and to see great work done on a daily basis by our dedicated employees. Since relocating here from New Jersey, the biggest challenge has been getting to know all the nuances of the programs. Yet, he says he has great people to rely on for guidance! Tom is a fun and energetic leader here at AUCP. He is always making us laugh and is willing to go out of his way to support staff and our participants. We are glad that he is part of our team and for his role in enhancing the quality and culture of our agency.

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS AUCP’s R E - U S E I T program accepts donations and redistributes medical equipment and assistive technology to the public for free.

The U C P E L S I E S . B E L L O W S F U N D is a national program providing funds to individuals with disabilities for assistive technology.

AUCP’s S C H O L A R S H I P F U N D grants scholarhsips to two high school seniors pursuing a degree in the human services field each Spring.



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