U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren visited Lowell Community Health Center on June 29 to celebrate the work of the health center in our community, thank our staff for their frontline work on the COVID-19 pandemic, and to applaud the patient- and community-focused use of the $5.3 million in HRS) funding for COVID response and recovery, as well as the $800,000 for capital improvements to our first floor. Senator Warren echoed Lowell CHC CEO Susan West Levine’s passionate advocacy for long-term, stable funding for CHCs as a key component of public health. We are deeply grateful for Senator Warren’s support.
As part of demonstrating Lowell Community Health Center’s commitment to equity, inclusion, and combatting racism, we are continuing to produce a COVID-19 Vaccination Equity Report. This report provides details from our vaccine distribution here at the Health Center.
Mercy Anampiu, Director of Community Health Programs, and Beth Hale, Chief of Clinical Services, talk about COVID-19 on “African Diaspora Connects.” Host Kibathi Gaturu reminds us all that “COVID is real.” And he should know, as he recently recovered after contracting COVID and believes he contracted it during a night out with friends.
“Community health organizations, including Lowell Community Health Center, Greater Lowell Health Alliance, and Lowell General Hospital, are working with trusted community aid organizations in a unified effort to distribute timely and accurate information about the vaccine rollout.”
Read comments from Lowell CHC Director of Clinical Services, Elizabeth Hale, in this recent piece on WBUR. “So far in Massachusetts, the pace of vaccinating residents against COVID-19 is way behind supplies of coronavirus vaccines. The latest update Monday from Gov. Charlie Baker shows about 40% of the doses delivered to Massachusetts have been injected and, state data released last week shows, 92% have gone to hospital staff.”
“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.”
“After hearing the dire opioid stories from local first responders, law enforcement, health-care providers and those who have lost loved ones to the crisis, U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan could confidently state that the model of care is clearly broken. That longer-term recovery plans are key in the fight against this insidious disease. And there’s a workforce shortage, not enough people have access to treatment, the funding model needs to change, and the system is not designed to proactively help people who are struggling.”
Rebecca Williams has joined Lowell Community Health Center as director of integrated care and case management to advance the health center’s work with the Wellforce Care Plan ACO.
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.
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.