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Announcement: Changes for Out-of-State Virtual Care Appointments

Virtual Care Appointments became a strong way to connect patients of Lowell Community Health Center with providers during the Covid-19 pandemic. For a time, some state and federal agencies waived requirements for virtual care appointments across state lines.

However, due to changes in those previously waived requirements — effective immediately Lowell Community Health Center will no longer be able to schedule Virtual Care appointments (video or phone) for patients located outside of Massachusetts.

Patients with questions regarding their care should contact Lowell CHC at 978-937-9700.

Lowell General Hospital Radiology Lab @ Lowell CHC Closed Week of Sept 6

ATTENTION PATIENTS: The Lowell General Hospital (LGH) radiology lab, located within the Lowell Community Health Center will be closed the week of September 6, 2021.

Any radiology exam should be completed at the LGH Saints or LGH main campus.

Two regional health care providers to require employee vaccines

“Two of the region’s largest health care providers will require vaccines for employees as coronavirus cases — and hospitalizations — rise amid the spread of the delta variant. Lowell General Hospital’s parent company, Wellforce, notified its employees of the vaccine requirement on Aug. 10. Last Friday, the Lowell Community Health Center issued its own vaccine mandate.”

FDA grants full approval to Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine

“The US Food and Drug Administration on Monday granted full approval to the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for people age 16 and older. This is the first coronavirus vaccine approved by the FDA, and is expected to open the door to more vaccine mandates.”

CDC Recommends COVID-19 Vaccine for Those Pregnant/Breastfeeding

The CDC now recommends the COVID-19 vaccine for everyone aged 12 years and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant, or might become pregnant in the future. Pregnant and recently pregnant people are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant people, and data suggest that the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine outweigh any known or potential risks of vaccination during pregnancy. 

State leaders discuss pandemic impact with Lowell CHC, other agencies

State legislators visiting Lowell recently heard from local leaders about the challenges their agencies faced during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and how the state can help with recovery. Lowell Community Health Center Executive Director Susan Levine spoke about her team’s quick response when the lockdown hit in March 2020. “During the pandemic, our team stepped up under extraordinary circumstances. Within 48 hours of the lockdown we had a virtual appointment system up and running.”

New Smiles4Families Fund

Give to the Smiles4Families Fund

Oral health is crucial to overall health. Through the newly created Smiles4Families Fund, Lowell Community Health Center is seeking to ensure that every Lowell CHC patient has access to the dental care they need, regardless of ability to pay. Why did we create the Smiles4Familes Fund? Because we believe everyone deserves a happy, healthy smile. Dental care is expensive. Insurance can help, but only so much. Smiles4Families will help make up the difference by paying for essential dental care our patients need to smile with confidence.

“We literally have patients tell us, ‘I feel human again,’” shares Dental Director Dr. Samantha Jordan, describing the life-changing impact of quality dental care.

COVID-19 Vaccination Equity Report

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.

US Senator Elizabeth Warren Visits Lowell CHC

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.

Free Screening: A Place to Breathe

A Place to Breathe

In honor of World Refugee & Immigrant Day, you are invited to view “A Place to Breathe” free online from June 18 — June 20. This stunning documentary features the Metta Health Center at Lowell CHC as it explores trauma and resilience through the eyes of immigrant and refugee healthcare practitioners and patients. The feature-length documentary intertwines the personal journeys of those who are transcending their own obstacles by healing others, highlighting the perseverance and creative strategies through which immigrant communities survive and thrive. View on Facebook at https://fb.me/e/2fBp9es6q

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