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LCHC's Teen BLOCK continues with virtual programs

“Like many programs during the coronavirus pandemic, Lowell Community Health Center’s Teen Building Leadership Opportunities in the Community (Teen BLOCK) had to suspend in-person activities, including its well-attended Dance 4 Peace that is normally held every summer. Though Teen BLOCK can’t serve local teens ages 13 to 18 through in-person programs right now, it has been trying to stay in touch with them virtually over the summer and as the new school year begins.”

Outdoor Flu Vaccine Clinic for Lowell CHC Patients

We urge everyone to get the flu vaccine! A walk-up, outdoor flu vaccine clinic for Lowell CHC patients ages 6 months and up will be taking place at our 161 Jackson Street location on specific days and times during the month of September. No appointment needed.

Tuesday, 9/8 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Wednesday, 9/9 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Mondays 9/14, 21, & 28, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesdays, 9/16, 23, & 30 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Please be aware that all of these dates are weather permitting.

Note: If you have an appointment at the health center, you will receive a vaccine during your appointment.

Listen to Lowell CHC’s Chief of Pediatrics, Dr. Rajesh and Senior Director of Nursing, Colette McKenna talk about the clinic on LTC!

‘They recognize their value and embrace them’

“When Karen Peugh first visited Life Connection Center, she was amazed by the nonprofit’s approach to its care for the city’s homeless population. She was touched that the organization provided a plated, wait- service meal for its visitors. ‘To have people wait on them and serve them is very unique, and their approach … it’s about the individual and helping them to realize and remember that they still matter to their communities,’ said Peugh, senior director of integrated care management at Lowell Community Health Center.”

The COVID-19 Risks You May Take, And Create, While Traveling

Travel can create its own risks during the pandemic. Here are things to consider. Thanks to WBUR and Lowell CHC’s own Community Health Worker and Contact Tracer, Lorna Kiplagat for weighing in.

Getting tested for COVID-19? Here’s what it’s like

“I stand in line, ready to shove a Q-tip up my nose. My feet are planted on a black mat that reads, ‘Thank you for practicing social distancing.’ The rumble of idling cars permeates the Lowell Health Department’s parking lot. Around me, dozens of community members wait for a free COVID-19 test, offered as part of the state’s “Stop the Spread” initiative. The program targets eight municipalities — Lowell, Chelsea, Everett, Fall River, Lawrence, Lynn, Marlboro and New Bedford — in which the number of coronavirus cases and positive test rates are above the state average. These areas have also seen a drop in testing since April, according to Gov. Charlie Baker’s office.”

Congreswoman Lori Trahan Announces $665K in Federal Funding for Lowell Community Health Center

LOWELL, MA – Today, Congresswoman Lori Trahan applauded the awarding of $665,000 in federal funding to support the Lowell Community Health Center. The funding, to be dispersed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, will be used to reduce health disparities of the Southeast Asian and LatinX populations of Lowell.

Is racism a public health crisis? Lowell’s mostly white City Council says no

“Political leaders who proudly promote this city’s rich diversity with annual festivals celebrating cultures of origin from Southeast Asia to Africa were taken aback last month when their “listening session” on race elicited residents’ painful experiences with racism right here in Lowell.”

An open letter from physician leaders at Lowell Community Health Center

“As physician leaders in our Greater Lowell community, we are dedicated to taking care of patients across the entire life spectrum. Throughout the course of our practice, we have had the opportunity to hear thousands of patient stories about their lives, their conditions, their struggles and their accomplishments. As part of these stories, one thing becomes quite certain — the intersection of race and health cannot and should not be ignored.”

Experts say racism impacts public health

“David Turcotte and a team of collaborators have compiled and published the Greater Lowell Community Health Needs Assessment every three years since 2013. The lengthy document probes factors influencing residents’ health, like housing, education and employment. It analyses public health data and identifies residents in the community with the highest risk.”

Clinic gets children ‘back on track’ with vaccines

“As COVID-19 spread across the region, Vanessa Perez worried that her 16-month-old daughter would not receive important vaccines on time. The last time the Lowell resident and her daughter, Jeyla Aponte, had visited the Lowell Community Health Center was shortly after Aponte turned a year old in February. Then, amid the pandemic, the health center shifted most visits to telehealth, and stopped administering pediatric vaccines. Aponte needed her 15-month vaccines and blood work, Perez said.”

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