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Thompson, Trina

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Trina Thompson

Trina Thompson, DrPH, MPH, BSN

Contact Dr. Thompson

1889 Jefferson Ctr. for Population Health
1 Pasquerilla Center, Suite 128
Johnstown, PA 15901

(814) 535-5156


DrPH, University of Pittsburgh
MPH, University of Pittsburgh
BSN, Penn State University

University Appointment

Executive Director, 1889 Jefferson Center for Population Health
Research Associate Professor, Jefferson College of Population Health

Research & Practice Interests

Rural Population Health
Prevention Strategies
Innovative Models to Improve Health
Improving Health Cost Transparency
Patient Advocacy
Community Health Workers
Tertiary Prevention for Chronic Diseases
Healthcare Reform Models



Dr. Trina Thompson began her career as an emergency room nurse in Pittsburgh, PA before becoming a manager for clinical and research vascular ultrasound laboratories. For over two decades, she directed the Ultrasound Research laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Thompson contributed to grants that studied cardiovascular surrogate measures with morbidity and mortality outcomes, largely in women's health. While working full-time she earned her Master of Public Health in Behavioral and Community Health Services and a Doctor of Public Health in Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh. Subsequently, she was employed by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Company in Pittsburgh where she developed and evaluated hospital quality programs, designed innovative health programs and was a vendor relationship manager for the care management department. Her love for rural Pennsylvania and health care drove her to seek atypical roles to broaden her understanding of public health. In 2012 she relocated to the Laurel Mountains of Pennsylvania and initiatied and directed a new undergraduate public health program at Saint Francis University before joining the Jefferson College of Population Health.

In February 2017 Dr. Thompson became Executive Director of the 1889 Jefferson Center for Population Health in Johnstown, PA. The rural Center for Population Health (CPH) is the first of its kind, a partnership between a rurally located philanthropic nonprofit (1889 Foundation) and a university (Thomas Jefferson University) to improve rural health. The Center collaborates with existing rural community organizations and leverages the urban university's resources to improve population health in a collaborative approach, building new or enhancing existing systems. As Research Associate Professor at Thomas Jefferson University, her goals for the Center are to identify successful evidence-based urban strategies and test them in rural communities and to explore and evaluate new systems that enhance rural health efforts. Sharing the processes and results with the scientific community so others can replicate them is a top priority for Dr. Thompson, her staff and the Jefferson College of Population Health.