The Advocacy Committee of In This Together Cambria will provide timely Calls to Action with scripts and directives in response to needs/challenges as they arise. You can find information on upcoming advocacy events on this page, in our updates, and on our Facebook page.

We connect local leaders, medical workers, infectious disease specialists, and community members in a variety of ways in order to create a dialogue around mitigation efforts, vaccinations, and the short- and long-term social and economic impacts of the pandemic.

In partnership with WJAC-TV, The Tribune Democrat and In This Together Cambria, Dr. Jill Henning, an infectious disease scientist from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, is leading a community-wide educational effort around COVID-19 and the vaccine. A series of videos about COVID-19 and the vaccines as well as other important public health information is available on our Educational Materials page, along with video recordings of our COVID Questions forums.


Wellness Wednesdays to be held at Johnstown Housing Authority (JHA) communities – $50 Giant Eagle gift cards offered

The 1889 Jefferson Center for Population Health (1889 JCPH) and the Cambria County Drug Coalition (CCDC) are joining forces to bring health and resources to individuals living in the Johnstown Housing Authority communities and the general public. Highlands Health will provide updated COVID-19 Pfizer boosters for anyone aged 12 and older. Individuals who receive a…

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Vaccines to be offered at Solomon and Oakhurst Homes — $50 Giant Eagle gift cards to be offered

In a continued effort to coordinate Covid-19 vaccination distribution, Highlands Health and the Cambria/Somerset Covid-19 Task Force will hold free health fair/vaccination events on Friday, July 15 at the Solomon Housing Community and Friday, July 22 at the Oakhurst Housing Community. The events will be held from Noon to 3pm. Pfizer Covid-19 vaccinations will be…

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Vaccines to be offered as part of Juneteenth activities on Tues., June 14 and Thurs., June 16

The Johnstown NAACP is partnering with the Unity Coalition of the Southern Alleghenies and others to produce a full week of activities in Johnstown’s Central Park to celebrate Juneteenth, which commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people after the Civil War. From June 12-19 free activities will be held every day in the park, and will…

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Jammin’ 4 Jabs to be presented at Peoples Natural Gas Park on May 21

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, In This Together Cambria, and The Tribune-Democrat are collaborating to present Jammin’ 4 Jabs, a special day at Peoples Natural Gas Park to reward, encourage, and get people talking about vaccination against COVID-19. The May 21 concert event will feature the Classic Vinyl Concert Series Band presenting Stevie Wonder’s…

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COVID Questions: Oh My, Omicron! to be held Wed, Feb. 9

In This Together Cambria is hosting another virtual COVID Questions forum featuring Dr. Jill Henning and Dr. Matthew Tracey of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, sharing the latest updates on the omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions.The virtual town hall will be held Wed., Feb.…

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COVID Questions: Vaccine Update to be held on Thurs., Sept. 16

In This Together Cambria is hosting another virtual COVID Questions forum featuring Dr. Jill Henning and Dr. Matthew Tracey of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, sharing the latest updates on vaccine boosters, the latest COVID-19 surge, the variants Delta and Mu, cases in children, and masking in schools. Participants will also have the opportunity…

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“We Are All In This Together” to be screened July 10 at Community Arts Center of Cambria County

See the complete film “We Are All In This Together” in person, and enjoy a discussion with the production team at 8:30 pm on Sat., July 10. The showing will be hosted on the Community Arts Center’s outdoor Amphitheatre, at 1217 Menoher Boulevard, in the Westmont section of Johnstown. (In the case of inclement weather,…

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Vax Facts for Parents and Guardians to be presented by the PA Commission for Women on May 13, 12:00 pm

In This Together Cambria is delighted to help spread the word about this upcoming event! The Pennsylvania Commission for Women invites you to a panel discussion on the COVID-19 vaccines and children, moderated by First Lady Frances Wolf and Acting Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson. COVID-19 vaccines are new, and it’s normal to have questions…

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Final episode of “We Are All In This Together” to premiere on May 13

Join us for “A New Hope,” the fourth and final episode of the new series We Are All In This Together: Pandemic-Johnstown, 1918 on Thursday, May 13 at 7 pm! Kathleen (O’Creidy) Wissenschaft led a typical family in Johnstown’s Cambria City in 1918-1919, negotiating lockdowns, school and church closings, quarantines, social distancing, mask initiatives, vaccination…

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Episode 2 of We Are All In This Together: Pandemic-Johnstown, 1918 to premiere on Thurs., Apr. 29 at 7:00 pm

Join us for episode 2 of the new series We Are All In This Together: Pandemic-Johnstown, 1918 on Thursday, April 29 at 7 pm! Kathleen (O’Creidy) Wissenschaft led a typical family in Johnstown’s Cambria City in 1918-1919, negotiating lockdowns, school and church closings, quarantines, social distancing, mask initiatives, vaccination attempts, and Red Cross volunteer efforts.…

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COVID Questions: Higher Education forum set for April 27

Higher education has been hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Students vacated their dorms, classes moved online, and eventually hybrid forms of online and in-person learning returned. Students and their families felt the financial pinch, one of several issues contributing to a significant drop in enrollment — all in an era of declining public funding for…

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“We Are All In This Together: Johnstown 1918” to premiere April 22

Paul Douglas Newman used real events and real people to construct a narrative about one family in Cambria City through the perspective of a single woman for this original film, “We Are All In This Together.” His character, Kathleen (O’Creidy) Wissenschaft, led a typical family in Johnstown’s Cambria City, negotiating lockdowns, school and church closings,…

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“We Are All In This Together: The Pandemics of 1918-1919 and 2020-2021” to be presented on Apr. 20 in advance of film premiere

In 1918, a virus killed more U.S. soldiers than German weapons, and more Americans in a year than the entire Civil War. A full one percent of Johnstowners perished in five months. In December 2020, Cambria became the county with the highest concentration of coronavirus cases nationwide, and the pandemic has claimed 562,000 American victims…

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COVID Questions: Vaccine Update set for April 13 at 7:00 pm

It’s time for another COVID Questions: Vaccine Update. Topics will include the latest about COVID vaccine rollout in Pennsylvania, common myths and misconceptions about the vaccines, differences between the available vaccines, and more. We’ll also take questions from the audience on Facebook and over Zoom.Chip Minemyer, editor of The Tribune-Democrat, will moderate the virtual town…

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COVID Questions: Economic Impact to be presented on Mar. 23

COVID-19 has taken a heavy toll on the nation’s economy. In This Together Cambria, The Tribune-Democrat, and University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown are presenting another free forum, COVID Questions: Economic Impact, to take a closer look at the challenges various sectors in the local economy have faced since the pandemic hit a year ago –…

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Photo and story submissions sought for One Year Later: Celebrating Our Resilience

On March 23, 2020, the first coronavirus case in Cambria County was confirmed. To mark this milestone, In This Together Cambria is asking the public to submit photos and memories of how COVID impacted their lives for a special virtual event to be presented on March 30. “We’ve lost so many people – but we…

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COVID Questions: Local Leaders with Sen. Bob Casey set for Mar. 9 at 7 pm

In This Together Cambria, The Tribune-Democrat, and University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown are presenting another free forum, COVID Questions: Local Leaders, featuring leaders on the federal, state, county, and city level discussing the COVID crisis. They are: Sen. Bob CaseyState Rep. Jim RigbyArt Martynuska, Deputy Director of the Department of Emergency Services, Cambria CountyPamela Tokar-Ickes,…

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COVID Questions: Specialists Forum on Tuesday, March 2 at 7 pm

COVID’s effects on the body can vary considerably from individual to individual. For some people, the virus is a relatively mild respiratory infection causing symptoms similar to the flu — for others, it’s a much more serious, sometimes even fatal disease. Some survivors, sometimes called “long-haulers,” contend with long-term effects of the disease. In this COVID Questions forum, we’ll talk with medical specialists about how COVID affects the different systems of the body, what is currently understood about long-term effects of the disease, how doctors treat these long-term effects, and what areas still need more research.

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