Mission

To establish a group of social service providers and community groups to examine the health needs of the region and promote viable responses.

  • To improve communication between agencies and between agencies and residents, regarding health related issues.
  • To educate the community about health concerns, risks, and problems in order to improve health and healthful behaviors.
  • To identify health concerns of residents in the region.
  • To collectively define a continuum of health services to meet identified needs.

Contact Information

For more information on the Working on Health, contact the Mon Valley Providers Council at 412-829-7112.

Current Co-Chairs

  • Shari Holland, UPMC McKeesport/Latterman Health Clinic
  • Bob Sukolsky, Forbes Family Medicine/Allegheny Health Network

Meeting Information

We meet monthly on the fourth Thursday from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at HSCC II, 413 Penn Avenue, Turtle Creek, PA 15145

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History

The Working Group on Health grew out of a forum that was held in February, 1993. The focus of the forum was on managed care for persons on public assistance (welfare) and changes that were forthcoming in the local Allegheny County Health Department. The whole managed care network has had serious implications for service providers and consumers alike. Still, those consumers who are on plans through the Department of Public Assistance are encountering the most problems. This area remains a focal point for the Working Group. A health survey of residents of public housing communities was discussed and not implemented.

The Group has sponsored many health care forums throughout the Mon Valley, including a recent seminar on changes in the Medicare Managed Care system. Add something on this from the Annual Reports.

Since early 1998, the Group has focused on a comprehensive approach to identifying existing gaps in health care services. The first phase of this project has generated the Mon Valley Directory of Health Care Services (see Publications), a directory of local health care providers with a brief description of available services. Copies of the Directory have been distributed to human service agencies throughout the region to assist providers in directing consumers to appropriate health care services.

The Dental and Vision Screening Project led to the purchase of a vision acuity screening machine which is now utilized by MVPC member agencies to provide ongoing screenings. A Vision Free Care Fund was launched in 2002 to assist those individuals who are screened and determined not to have 20/20 vision, do not have insurance, and fall below income guidelines. The Fund assists with a free eye exam and glasses in concert with the West Mifflin Wal-Mart Vision Center.

In 2003, the Group identified osteoporosis as a major gap for collective action.