November 11, 2022

Thank you for your patience

Thank you for your patience as we work hard to serve you better by implementing MyChart, a better way to communicate with your care team.

As our teams train to use MyChart, you may experience longer wait times. We are sorry for the inconvenience this may be causing you.

Thank you for your understanding as we work to serve you better.

Give the Gift of Warmth

Please join us in keeping our patients warm this winter with the gift of a new winter coat! As a Refugee Health Assessment Center, many of our patients arrive from places more used to sun than snow. They have to adjust to so much, all while processing the trauma of fleeing the only home they knew. For many, one of the first stops in their journey toward healing is our Health Center. When they leave our building, let’s continue that welcome embrace with the warmth and care of a brand new winter coat they can wear for years to come. With the recent influx of refugees from places like Haiti and Afghanistan, need has never been greater.

Thanks to the Greater Lowell Community Foundation for the funding jumpstart!

While the community offers options for children’s coats, adult options are limited. There are 3 ways you can change that:

  1. Purchase a coat via our Amazon Smile wishlist. Options range from only $55-$65. Make sure to choose Lowell CHC as your delivery address at checkout.
  2. Make an donation via credit card and we will shop for you! All monetary donations will be used to purchase high-quality, affordable coats.
  3. If you would like to shop yourself, we are happy to accept brand new coats (contact development@lchealth.org for delivery)
October 28, 2022

Lowell CHC Named Top 100 Women-Led Businesses

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

October 5, 2022

A Better Way To Communicate With Your Care Team

MyChart is Coming Soon to Lowell Community Health Center!

All your health information in one place

See your medications, test results, upcoming appointments, medical bills, update your personal information, and more all in one place – even if you’ve been seen at multiple healthcare organizations.

Connect with your provider and care team

Send a message, request prescription refills, or arrange to follow up with your provider and care team from anywhere.

Quickly request appointments

Request appointments at your convenience; complete pre-visit tasks from home.

Manage a loved one’s care

Stay on top of everyone’s appointments and check in on family members who need extra help, all from your account.

MyChart is available in English and Spanish at this time.

September 1, 2022

Announcing New Clinical Leadership

We are pleased to announce the appointment of three important new clinical leadership roles supporting our ongoing efforts to improve the quality of care and patient and staff experience.  

Today’s appointees are:

  • Shaun Farraher, MD – Chief of Family Medicine
  • Sarah Greenlaw-Quinton, DMD – Chief of Dentistry
  • Natalie Bowen, MD – Associate Chief of Pediatrics

Drs. Farraher, Greenlaw-Quinton, and Bowen bring a breadth of experience and expertise to their roles. 

Dr. Shaun Farraher

Dr. Shaun Farraher is board certified in Family Medicine and has practiced at Lowell CHC since 2013. He graduated from American University of the Caribbean and completed his Family Medicine Residency at University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Farraher enjoys providing primary care for all members of the family, regardless of age. He lives in Greater Lowell and is motivated to improve the health of the community. Dr. Farraher has an interest in substance use disorder and is the Medical Director of Lowell Community Health Center Office Based Addiction Treatment Services (OBAT). In his free time, he enjoys traveling, gardening, cooking, mystery novels, and spending time with family.

Dr. Sarah Greenlaw-Quinton

Dr. Sarah Greenlaw-Quinton began working at Lowell CHC as a general dentist in February 2018 and has served as the Interim Dental Director since December 2021. She has always had a passion for increasing access to dental care in underserved communities. Dr. Greenlaw-Quinton completed her dental training at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 2013, followed by a General Practice Residency focused on community health through Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard University School of Dental Medicine. She previously worked at North Shore Community Health, where she discovered a love of teaching while mentoring dental student interns. In the past, she volunteered with Project Stretch as the Lead Dentist on a pediatric dental mission trip to Teacapan, Mexico, and as co-director of the Wampanoag Project, a multi-disciplinary collaboration treating the underserved Wampanoag Tribe of Martha’s Vineyard. To better communicate with and serve her patients, she has been learning Spanish and Portuguese. When not working, Dr. Greenlaw-Quinton enjoys baking, yoga, biking, and exploring the outdoors with her husband, their son, and their dog.

Dr. Natalie Bowen

Dr. Natalie Bowen has been working at Lowell CHC as a full-time primary care pediatrician since March 2020. Originally from Boulder, Colorado, she fell in love with mentorship and teaching early on through her experiences in coaching, research, and advocacy. This included a leadership role directing volunteer services for the eXtraordinarY Kids Clinic at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Dr. Bowen graduated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Afterwards, she spent several years serving as a Locum Tenens physician, which gave her the privilege of serving in a variety of clinical and cultural settings and insight into models of team-based care across practices. It was her passion for working with culturally diverse communities and reducing health disparities that brought her to Lowell CHC, where she is excited to provide comprehensive primary care to her patients. Her specific interests include optimizing the medical home model and long-term management of chronic diseases with care coordination between specialists and care-team members. When not at work, she enjoys gardening, reading, traveling, and spending time outdoors with her husband Aaron, daughter Claire, and lab mix Luna.

August 30, 2022

Healthy Connections: Mill City Grows

Come check out Mill City Grows each Tuesday on Jackson St., right in front of the entrance to Lowell Community Health Center.

August 26, 2022

Exciting News ! CHEC is Now a State Approved Training Site and Registration is Open Now for Fall Community Health Worker (CHW) Core Competency Training

We are proud to announce that CHEC is now a State Approved Training Site. Therefore, participants who complete the Comprehensive Outreach Education Certificate program will be eligible to apply for state certified Community Health Worker via the Combined Training & Work Experience Pathway. 

Trainings are FREE to Lowell CHC staff and require Manager approval to attend.

REGISTER NOW For Fall Trainings

These trainings are offered as part of a larger certificate program, the Comprehensive Outreach Education Certificate (COEC) Program. The COEC Program is a two-part training program that introduces Health Educators, Community Health Workers, and other public health professionals to a way of understanding health problems from a public health perspective. The training encourages participants to become proficient on a variety of health topics affecting diverse communities.

All workshops are open to any participant, and may be taken separately or as part of the Comprehensive Outreach Education Certificate. 

CORE MODULES

  • Introduction to Outreach Education & Mandated Reporting
  • Community Organizing
  • Understanding Health Insurance
  • Assessment Techniques
  • Public Health
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Harm Reduction & Prevention
  • Cross Cultural Communication
  • Leadership Skills
  • Outreach Education I & II
  • Effective Documentation
  • Care Coordination & Team-Based Care

*All courses are held on Zoom*

HEALTH MODULES

  • Professional conduct and Ethics *
  • Health Literacy: A Start
  • Diabetes & Prediabetes
  • HIV/AIDS: Supporting Community Members
  • High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
  • Depression and Anxiety: Help Others Cope
  • Family Planning & Wellness
  • Substance Use

*Professional Conduct and Ethic is part of the Core Competencies. It is a requirement for Certificate of Completion.

REGISTER NOW

August 5, 2022

Lowell Sun: Dance 4 Peace is back with social message

LOWELL — Lowell Community Health Center’s Teen Block is bringing performers from across the Greater Lowell community to Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 E. Merrimack St., on Aug. 11.

Started in 1995, Dance 4 Peace is an annual youth-led community event focused on raising awareness about violence prevention. The Dance 4 Peace XXVII theme is “Sexual Assault: My Consent Must Be Given, Not Taken!”

This year’s performers are: Pichanny (singer), Mill Advised (dance crew), Rihanna (dancer), DanceVarsity (contemporary dance group), Lizzy (singer) and Adam Dance Project (Teen Block Dance Crew).

Tickets are between $5 and $10 (children 5 & under are free) if purchased before August 10th. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at https://conta.cc/3Qmngpt.

Click here to read more from The Sun.

July 14, 2022

Lowell CHC Sponsors and Participates in Virtual Listening Session on Food Access

On July 13th, Lowell Community Health Center staff participated in a virtual listening session that will inform new federal policy around food quality and access. U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan hosted the virtual listening session. As a result of this program, local officials will share information and insight from the listening session with President Biden’s administration to inform future strategy on eliminating food and health disparities in the country.

To learn more, read this article from The Sun.

June 22, 2022

Lowell Community Health Center acknowledges historical relationship to Lowell mills, slavery

“LOWELL — On Thursday, Lowell Community Health Center celebrated Juneteenth by unveiling a new panel to its first-floor timeline. The panel is titled ‘Acknowledging Injustice,’ to recognize that without the labor of enslaved workers in the South, the health center’s home in the historic Hamilton Mill building would not exist.”

On Thursday, June 16, 2022, Lowell Community Health Center celebrated...

Read the full article in the Lowell Sun