Rev. Earlene Coleman (at right), pastor of Bethlehem since 2003, will co-chair the Public Health Commission on Preventing Violence and Promoting Community Mental Health, along with Dr. Ron Voorhees, acting director of the Allegheny County Health Department.
"I am very excited about the formation of this commission," Coleman
"I have stated many times to others in my community that we must sit down collectively, with every community represented.
"This is not a 'you' or an 'I' problem, it is an 'our' problem --- and 'we' must work together to solve it," she
, just like many other communities, has been touched over and over again by violence and I look forward to working with others to make the changes that I believe can happen when we put our energies and our ideas together."
In addition to Voorhees, Coleman
, Holtzman and Gainey, the commission includes elected officials, health professionals, community advocates, members of law enforcement and foundation representatives: