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161 Jackson Street
Lowell, MA 01852
2008 - CHEC becomes part of Lowell Community Health Center
2000 - HRSA Cultural Competence Award of Excellence
1998 - Annual Outstanding Mentoring Outreach Educator Award
1994 -CHEC Sponsors the State’s First Outreach Educator Day
1994 - APHA Best Printed Material Award
CHEC's mission is to establish and anchor outreach education as a valued practice within public health.
TRAINING & EDUCATION SERVICES
CHEC specializes in providing cross–training, education and professional development opportunities for local /or regional outreach educators and their supervisors. As adult learners, over 500 Outreach Educators participate in various learning tracks to acquire or broaden their scope of knowledge, skills and cultural competence. We offer a comprehensive certificate program, community health education, health modules, seminars and workshops. We also facilitate monthly networking luncheons and publish a biannual newsletter in support of our efforts to provide interactive services. Outreach Educators exchange respective information while connecting with other community resources, learn more about current public health issues and establish peer support.
We value our partnership with our constituents and work with CHEC regional advisory boards, who are Outreach Educators, themselves. Diversity and multiculturalism existing among communities of Greater Boston, South Shore, North Shore, and Merrimack Valley (including Greater Lawrence, Greater Lowell, Haverhill, Beverly, Gloucester, Medford, and Malden) are represented among CHEC’s constituency as well as our staff and advisory boards. Often themselves residents of the multicultural communities they serve, our constituency of outreach educators provide home visits, meet individuals in hospitals and urban settings, and provide culturally and linguistically relevant information to their clients.
Outreach education begins with Outreach Educators themselves and the wealth of experience and knowledge they bring. CHEC’s participatory model is fundamental to our methodology. We partner with Outreach Educators in the planning and development of our program, ensuring both quality and relevance. Training, workshops, seminars, and luncheons are uniquely designed using pedagogical approach and the practice of using participatory methods that encourage and validate participants’ knowledge. We promote education in an environment where outreach educators become agents of their own learning.