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Investiture of Dr. Trina Thompson


Investiture of Dr. Trina Thompson

Dr. Trina Thompson has been named the first Victor Heiser, MD Professor of Population Health. From the heartfelt remarks by author David McCullough about art being part of healing, to the warmth of being surrounded by our friends and family—the members of the 1889 Foundation and the faculty and staff of the College of Population Health—the wonderful evening surpassed expectations.

The story of the professorship—and Jefferson’s partnership with the 1889 Foundation—is all about coincidences and connections. It starts with the Johnstown Flood and Victor Heiser’s survival and subsequent education at Jefferson. It then moves to the establishment of the 1889 Foundation; continues with the creation of the College of Population Health, led by Dr. David Nash; and the creation of the 1889 Center for Population Health at Jefferson in Johnstown, PA. And now, the professorship of Dr. Thompson—a resident of Johnstown—that bears the name of Dr. Heiser.

While we have brought the story full circle, it doesn’t end here. The Center will continue to forge collaborations aimed at improving the health and well-being of the people living in communities where the Great Flood occurred. It is impossible to know where it will go from here, but I’m sure the narrative will include better health and happier lives for many.

You can view photos from the investiture ceremony here.