The downtown area of any large city contains the perfect mix of people from different socioeconomic backgrounds. It’s part of what makes any urban landscape exciting, diverse, and at times, downright honest.
PITTSBURGH—The Board of Directors of Community Human Services is pleased to announce that it has named Jon Hoffmann as the interim chief executive officer effective November 1, 2018. He is succeeding Adrienne Walnoha, who served as chief executive officer of CHS for 15 years.
So let me just come right out and say it: I know nothing about how the LGBTQIA community is doing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
It was suggested I wear an old shirt and pants, the sort of clothes I didn’t mind staining with fruit juice. Being new to Community Human Services, I heeded the advice with the willful diligence new employees always have during their first weeks on a new job. I even sported the shoes I normally paint in, just in case anything went rogue.
On August 13th, CHS hosted Secretary Teresa Miller from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services along with leaders from UPMC and UPMC Health Plan at the Liberty Avenue offices to discuss our collaboration on the Cultivating Health for Success program.
Over the past 17 years, Community Human Services (CHS) and the greater Pittsburgh region have benefited tremendously from Adrienne Walnoha’s passion and dedication. From her earliest start in homeless assistance programs to advocacy work in the eradication of poverty, access to healthy foods and LGBTQ support, Adrienne always went above and beyond to reach people where they were.
“People who face housing instability often come to our health care system with high costs and high needs for care,” said Roberts. “And so, the thought is, can we take some of that vast sum of money we spent on health care and divert it more meaningfully and more efficiently outside the system, in ways that address the root causes?”
Did you enter 2018 with Resolutions to be a more engaged member of your community? Or to live a more active lifestyle? Why not work towards both at the same time by committing to be a member of Team CHS for the 2018 Pittsburgh Marathon?
The weather outside is beyond uncomfortable; for people without stable housing it could be deadly. We can all play a role in helping to make sure that all of our neighbors stay safe and well during potentially lethal winter weather. Here are 5 things you could do today if you know of someone who needs help: