Johnstown population health center going independent | Local News

Seven years after it was officially launched, the 1889 Jefferson Center for Population Health is ready to fly on its own.

The Johnstown organization has filed for incorporation as an independent nonprofit organization, shedding official sponsorship of Thomas Jefferson University’s Jefferson College of Population Health.

The first-of-its-kind rural population health center was announced in February 2016 and opened its doors in March 2017 with the ambitious goal of improving the health of those living in Cambria and Somerset counties.

Initial funding came from a $7.5 million allocation from the 1889 Foundation, which is the former Conemaugh Health Foundation. It was renamed and restructured as a “conversion” foundation to oversee $110 million from the 2014 acquisition of nonprofit Conemaugh Health System by the for-profit Duke-LifePoint Healthcare.

The Foundation provided the funding to the Jefferson College with a five-year commitment to develop the center and identify areas of need and institute programs

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