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Dance 4 Peace XXIII

LOWELL — Ivy Ngugi was blown away. Attending the annual Dance 4 Peace at Lowell Memorial Auditorium last year, she was truly impressed by the youth anti-violence forum. 

More than 1,000 people attend the event, during which youth from the Merrimack Valley perform dance, music, spoken word and comedy — all around a theme that promotes tolerance and peace.

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Wayne Jenness Announcement

Wayne Jenness of Lowell has been named the new Information Systems Manager at Lowell Community Health Center (Lowell CHC). In this new role, Jenness is working to help manage and optimize the use of clinical software applications including the health center’s electronic medical record (EMR) system. 

Maggie Allard

Maggie Allard has been named medical director of population health at Lowell Community Health Center. Population health refers to addressing the health status of a defined population with an eye toward addressing social determinants of health.

Uptick in HIV tied to Opioid Crisis

Lowell CHC was among the first to sound the alarm about a rise in HIV diagnosis, which are tied to the opioid crisis.

Movers and Shakers: Bob Wheeler announcement

Robert Wheeler has been named Chief of Human Resources at Lowell Community Health Center (Lowell CHC). Wheeler previously served as Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources officer for the South Shore Health System. He brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge in all aspects of human resources and an understanding of the unique health care setting here at Lowell CHC.

 

Lowell House and Lowell CHC sign lease

Officials from Lowell House and Lowell Community Health Center signed a rental agreement on Thursday. Lowell House will have space at LCHC for the next 20 years, with an option to extend up to 60 years. It will be their center for integrated treatment and recovery. From left, Lowell House CEO Bill Garr and LCHC CEO Sue West Levine. SUN/Rick Sobey 

 

HIV Uptick

As two cities in Massachusetts struggle with an outbreak, the powerful synthetic fentanyl may be mostly to blame.

HIV clusters among people who inject drugs are back, this time in Massachusetts, despite its reputation as the nation’s gold standard for public health and health care access.

Ahmed returns to school. A heartwarming story.

See what happens when the entire community comes together to welcome Ahmed, a young boy battling brain cancer, back to school!

Opioid epidemic and rise in HIV diagnosis

BOSTON - New numbers from the CDC reveal 16 new opioid-related HIV cases in the Merrimack Valley. 

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health says the numbers suggest the HIV outbreak is ongoing and keeping pace with 2017, where 52 new cases were reported.

The total number of opioid-related HIV diagnoses since 2017 has now risen to 68.

Welcome new Lowell CHC CEO, Susan West Levine

LOWELL — We are excited to welcome Susan West Levine as Lowell Community Health Center’s new CEO, starting today.

“It is a true privilege to work for an organization that makes such a meaningful impact on the lives of so many. What makes Lowell CHC stand out is the warmth and quality of the staff, the thoughtfully designed programming and space, and the commitment to cultural competency. I am thrilled to join the team, roll up my sleeves and get to work!”

— Susan West Levine

With a master’s degree from Boston University’s School of Public Health, Susan’s passion for the field began early in her career when she worked with diverse patient populations at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in Jamaica Plain.

Stay tuned for information about upcoming events as we introduce our new CEO to the community. You can also email her directly at susanle@lchealth.org.