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A Homegrown Partnership: Healthy Food for All

Mobile Market
Thanks to a partnership with the Lowell nonprofit Mill City Grows, patients at the Health Center with chronic health conditions are finding it easier to access the healthy foods their special diets require. We are grateful for the partnership!

The program just launched, and already 56 adults with conditions including heart disease, diabetes, depression, and hypertension have enrolled. They can pick from a healthy array of fresh, locally grown produce at any one of Mill City Grows’ mobile markets, including one parked outside of the Health Center every Tuesday from 10 am to 12pm.  

With funding through our Wellforce Care Plan ACO, the program is free to participants and can be combined with SNAP and WIC benefits.

“A lot of people want to pick their own food and tailor their meals to what they, culturally, prefer,” notes Rebecca Williams, RN, Director of Integrated Care and Case Management at Lowell CHC. “And although the program is aimed at adults, they bring the food home to their families, so everyone benefits.”

Williams expects the program with Mill City Grows to expand throughout the summer. The Health Center will continue to offer medically tailored meals year round to eligible patients with certain chronic conditions through our partnership with Community Servings.

“Our Mobile Market has broken barriers of location and mobility to bring fresh produce......

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Patients: Share Your Feedback

We are expanding our patient experience surveys. Your feedback matters! If you have a telehealth appointment, you will receive a link to the new and improved survey by text after your appointment. Starting June 1, we will be launching a survey for in-person visits as well. Please share your thoughts so we can continue to improve your care. 

The Value and Impact of Lowell Community Health Center

Health centers provide tremendous value and impact to the communities they serve, including jobs and economic stimulus, savings to Medicaid, and access to care for vulnerable populations. A new report highlights the Lowell Community Health Center 2020 contributions and savings.

 

Mass. To Ease Mask Mandate, Lift All Other COVID Restrictions May 29; End State Of Emergency June 15

While masks will still need to be worn in healthcare facilities, like Lowell CHC, most other COVID restrictions will be lifted at the end of the month.

“Never mind Aug. 1. The Saturday of Memorial Day weekend — May 29 — is the new target date for the end of nearly all remaining COVID-19 restrictions in Massachusetts.”

Free COVID-19 Testing Returns to Lowell

Free COVID-19 testing returns to Lowell May 12 through the state’s “Stop the Spread” program. Testing will be offered in the parking lot of Cawley Memorial Stadium, 424 Douglas Road, available seven days a week:
Monday 8am-2pm, Tuesday 12pm-6pm, Wednesday 8am-2pm, Thursday 12pm-6pm, Friday 8am-2pm, Saturday 10am-2pm, Sunday 10am-2pm. All Massachusetts residents, including those who are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, are eligible to be tested. Walk-ups will also be accepted.

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Available

Beginning May 12, residents may begin applying for the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program, which provides a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers. Eligibility criteria includes (but is not limited to):

• income below 135% of the federal poverty level

• participation in SNAP, Medicaid, free/reduced school lunch, or Lifeline programs.

Full eligibility guidelines are available at https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit.

Eligible households can enroll through an approved broadband provider or by visiting...Read Full Article »

Walk-in COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments Now Available

Beginning on Wednesday, May 12, walk-in appointments are available for the COVID-19 vaccine for Lowell CHC patients. Patients can walk in to the health center at 161 Jackson Street in Lowell from 8:00am-1:30pm, Monday through Friday, to receive a vaccine. Patients who have a scheduled appointment will remain on the schedule for that day and time.

Lowell CHC Lauded for Equitable Access Efforts for COVID Vaccine

The National Association of Community Health Centers has recognized Lowell Community Health Center for leveraging new technology to increase equitable access to COVID-19 vaccinations among the health center’s multilingual patient community. Lowell CHC recently launched a new vaccine registration system using intelligent automated technology, with a focus on assuring language access.

National Guard helps administer vaccine to underserved community

Lucia Maria Dos Santos beamed with pride after receiving her first COVID-19 vaccine shot Wednesday at the Lowell Community Health Center.

One of the reasons Dos Santos felt relaxed was the presence of an 11-member National Guard team. By next week, 400-600 people will receive vaccinations per day, thanks to the presence of the National Guard. The plan is to have the National Guard on site for at least eight weeks.

CDC, FDA Lift Pause on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have determined that the recommended pause on the use of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine should be lifted, and use of the vaccine should resume. “We have concluded that the known and potential benefits of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine outweigh its known and potential risks in individuals 18 years of age and older. We are confident that this vaccine continues to meet our standards for safety, effectiveness and quality.”   

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