Mari is 10 years old and she loves her grandmother and is adjusting to her new home. Life at home and in school has not always been easy for Mari. When she was eight, she was uprooted from her home in Brazil. Mari’s parents were both addicted to alcohol, and emotionally and physically abusive. Social services in Brazil found her grandmother, Elisa, who was living in the U.S. Elisa welcomed Mari into her home and a new country, but the challenges they faced were enormous.
Learn more about young Mari’s journey, and how Behavioral Health Services at the Health Center helped her overcome many obstacles.
The Health Center’s new WrapAround Fund allows donors to support critical services for our patient population that include medical interpretation, referrals to specialists, individualized care management, and access to local social services for housing assistance, food assistance, and job training programs. View a brief video that underscores how the Health Center’s “WrapAround Fund” supports services that go beyond the exam room in order to empower our patients and improve the overall state of our community’s health.
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced that Lowell Community Health Center has received the highest level, Level 3, of recognition from the NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) program for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term relationships.
The patient-centered medical home is a model of care emphasizing care coordination and communication to transform primary care into what patients want it to be. Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patients’ and providers’ reported experiences of care. The NCQAPCMH Recognition program identifies health care organizations that promote partnerships between individual patients and their personal medical providers, rather than treating patient care as the sum of episodic office visits. Each patient’s care is delivered by clinician-led care teams that provide all health care needs and coordinate treatment across the health care system. Medical home......
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