WASHINGTON – As part of a multi-year collaboration between Advocates for Community Health (ACH) and UnitedHealthcare, five community health centers are receiving $500,000 each to address complex problems affecting the overall wellness of the underserved communities where they provide care. The Community Health Entrepreneur Challenge, launched in April 2023, is the first collaboration between UnitedHealthcare and ACH and was crafted from a joint commitment to empower federally qualified health center (FQHC) leaders to drive change in their communities. Through the competition, ACH member health centers submitted concepts to target improved health outcomes, decrease health disparities, promote system change, and engage organizations across multiple sectors including public, private, government and community groups. Winners receive technical support and seed funding to implement and measure their innovation impact.
We are thrilled to announce that Carla Caraballo, a longstanding Community Health Worker at Lowell Community Health Center, has received the esteemed 2023 Esther M. Holderby Extraordinary Community Health Worker Award from the National Association of Community Health Workers.
This award celebrates Community Health Workers who excel in improving public health and advocating for community needs. Over her 15-year career at Lowell CHC, Carla has climbed the ranks from an asthma-focused health worker to becoming the Program Manager of the Social Determinants of Health strategy.
Not only does she mentor other Community Health Workers, but she also forms and sustains critical partnerships within the community. Known statewide for her expertise in asthma management, Carla is also involved in several statewide initiatives and has shown remarkable resilience and commitment, particularly during the pandemic.
The award was presented at the National Association of Community Health Workers’ Unity Conference in Austin, Texas last month, but Carla could not attend in person. Earlier this week, Carla got a pleasant surprise during Lowell CHC’s Leadership Meeting with a special presentation by her colleagues and leadership from the MA Association of Community Health Workers who joined the meeting remotely to thank Carla for all she does.
LOWELL, MA – Alexandra Gray, RN, a Pediatric Nurse at Lowell Community Health Center, has been honored by her colleagues with The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s programs nationwide to recognize the extraordinary care nurses provide every day. The award was presented during National Nurses Week.
Alex is Lowell Community Health Center’s second annual Daisy Award recipient. Lowell Community Health Center was the first community health center in the nation to begin present the Daisy Award annually.
“Alex truly exemplifies the vision and mission of the Daisy Awards,” said Dr. Elizabeth Hale, RN, DNP, Lowell Community Health Center’s Chief Operating Officer. “She is a shining example of nursing at its best, providing extraordinary compassionate and skillful care for our community’s pediatric patients as she supports, mentors, and uplifts her colleagues.”
Alex, who joined Lowell Community Health Center in 2021 said, “I am incredibly honored and shocked by this meaningful recognition from my colleagues. It is such a privilege and honorable responsibility to care for the children of our community, and I am so grateful to be working with colleagues and a health center so dedicated to providing caring, quality, and culturally rooted health services to the people we serve. I strive to show up every day with a smile and I hope to continue to encourage my fellow colleagues to provide optimal care to the community.”
The colleagues who nominated Alex spoke highly of her skill and compassion:
- “Alex truly embodies an enduring commitment to promoting health equity for all of the patients she has met or worked with in the health center.”
- “Alex creates a positive experience for patient coming into the health center, even for the pediatric patients who may be absolutely terrified to be there.”
- “Alex goes above and beyond to help her patients receive the care they need.”
- “Alex rises to each challenge with an open mind, a smile, and so much positivity.”
- “Alex is a true mentor to all of her colleagues, and her supportive nature makes her an excellent teacher.”
An acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem, The DAISY Foundation was formed in November 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). The nursing care Patrick and his family received while he was ill inspired his family to create this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of patients and their families.
Said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, Doctor of Humane Letters and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation, “We wanted to give patients, families, and co-workers an easy way to express their gratitude for nurses who provide extraordinary, compassionate care. The work the nurses at Lowell Community Health Center are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of the DAISY Award.”
the nursing profession internationally in over 5,000 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing with recognition of Nurse-led Teams, Nurse Leaders, Nurses Advancing Health Equity,
Nursing Faculty, Nursing Students, Lifetime Achievement in Nursing and through the J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects, Medical Mission Grants, and their new Health Equity Grant programs. More information is available at http://DAISYfoundation.org.
About Lowell Community Health Center:
Founded in 1970, Lowell Community Health Center serves as the “family doctor” for nearly half of Lowell’s population, by providing “caring, quality, and culturally appropriate health services to the people of Greater Lowell, regardless of their financial status.” For information, visit www.lchealth.org or call 978.937.9700.
Ria Roberts, M.D., a geriatric medicine physician at Lowell Community Health Center, received the prestigious 2023 George H. Kaye Alumni Award for Outstanding Service to Others from the Biomedical Science Careers Program (BCSP) at Harvard Medical School.
BCSP is a professional organization that provides support and mentoring for underrepresented minority students from 391 schools around the world who are pursuing careers in medicine, health, and the biomedical sciences. Dr. Roberts took part in this program as a college and medical school student, and now proudly serves as a mentor and student advisor.
A native of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Roberts is a graduate of The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC. She completed her internship and residency training in Internal Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT, and completed her fellowship in Geriatrics at the Harvard Medical School Multicampus Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program. As a Geriatrician at Lowell Community Health Center, Dr. Roberts is developing a novel Geriatric Clinic, bringing her geriatric expertise to the health center’s most vulnerable and underserved populations, and currently serves as both a geriatric primary care physician and consultant.
Dr. Roberts also has appointments at the Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, serving as a Clinical Instructor in Medicine at HMS. She also serves as Director for Diversity, Inclusion, and Advocacy for Graduate Medical Education and Director for Diversity Recruitment and Retention within the Department of Medicine, both at Beth Israel Deaconess.
The Women’s Edge and Globe Magazine Name Lowell Community Health Center to Top 100 Women-Led Businesses
Annual award highlights women business leaders who are making a significant impact on the state’s economy
Boston (October 28, 2022) – The Women’s Edge and the Globe Magazine announced that Lowell Community Health Center has once again ranked among the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts. These 100 organizations generated nearly $75.9 billion in total revenue in 2021, reflecting the role of women as key drivers of the state’s economy.
“Our staff at Lowell Community Health Center care deeply about this community and our patients. They work tirelessly to help create a more just and healthy community—and this recognition is all about them,” said Susan West Levine, CEO of Lowell Community Health Center. “We are honored to once again be named as one of the Commonwealth’s top Women-Led Businesses. It is wonderful to have such great company in this recognition with two other outstanding Lowell organizations, D’Youville Life and Wellness Community and University of Massachusetts Lowell also being recognized.”
This is the 22nd year that The Women’s Edge (formerly the Commonwealth Institute) – a Boston-based nonprofit organization devoted to advancing women in leadership positions —created the list through a nomination process and reviewed both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, and the 10th year that the list was created in collaboration with the Globe Magazine. In addition to revenue or operating budget, factors considered in the evaluation included workplace and management diversity, board makeup, and innovative projects.
The honorees were recognized during an event on October 28, and the full list was published in conjunction with that event on the Globe Magazine’s website. https://www.bostonglobe.com/2022/10/28/magazine/top-100-women-led-businesses-massachusetts-2022/?event=event12
The Commonwealth Institute and The Boston Globe Magazine Name Lowell Community Health Center to Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts
Annual award highlights women business leaders who are making a significant impact on the state’s economy
Boston (November 5, 2021) – The Commonwealth Institute (TCI), together with its partner The Boston Globe, today announced Lowell Community Health Center was a part of the 21st annual Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts list, recognizing the honorees during a virtual event. These 100 organizations generated nearly $67 billion in total revenue in 2020, demonstrating that women are key drivers of the state’s economy.
“We are honored to once again be recognized as one of the Commonwealth’s top Women Lead Businesses. We are in such great company with two other local, Lowell organizations, UMass Lowell and D’Youville Life & Wellness Community,” said Susan West Levine, CEO of Lowell Community Health Center. “This recognition reflects the tremendous hard work, and dedication to our community and patients shown by all staff of our health center. Their impact during this pandemic has been immeasurable.”
“The organizations on this year’s diverse list are driving innovation across the country, from increased manufacturing capacity to breakthroughs in clinical care and therapeutics” said TCI Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth L. Hailer. “We are honored to celebrate the Top 100 women leaders and hopes it inspires others to drive for success here in our region and beyond.”
This is the 21st year that TCI – a Boston-based nonprofit organization devoted to advancing women in leadership positions — created the list through a nomination process and reviewed both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, and the 9th year that the list was created in collaboration with the Boston Globe Magazine. In addition to revenue or operating budget, factors considered in the evaluation included workplace and management diversity, board makeup, and innovative projects. The full list will be published in the Globe Magazine’s Women & Power issue at bostonglobe.com/magazine on November 5 and in print on November 7.
“We’re proud to once again partner with TCI to recognize these 100 remarkable companies—and the remarkable women who lead them,” said Globe Magazine editor Francis Storrs. “It’s a privilege to celebrate this year’s honorees for all they’ve accomplished, and for the example they’re setting for future generations of leaders.”
About Lowell Community Health Center: Founded in 1970, Lowell CHC serves as the “family doctor” for nearly half of Lowell’s population, seeking to “provide caring, quality, and culturally appropriate health services to the people of Greater Lowell, regardless of their financial status.” For information, visit www.lchealth.org or call 978.937.9700
About The Commonwealth Institute (TCI): The Commonwealth Institute (TCI) is a non-profit organization that works with women CEOs, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, sole proprietors, and the rising generation of women leaders to help them build successful businesses, organizations, and careers in Massachusetts and Florida. In short, TCI helps women in business achieve greater success! For 24 years, The Commonwealth Institute has provided a variety of opportunities to help women succeed on a personal and professional level while propelling their organizations forward.
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Lowell CHC has been awarded a $187,980 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services – Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to help health center patients with hypertension improve their blood pressure control.
“For the second year in a row, the Lowell Community Health Center (Lowell CHC) was ranked as one of the top 100 women-led businesses in Massachusetts by the Boston Globe Magazine-Commonwealth Institute.”
Lowell Community Health Center (Lowell CHC) has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its rigorous, nationally recognized standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality reflecting the health center’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.