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Standing Together

We are saddened to learn of reports from some of our patients in the community that they are being harassed, discriminated against and, at times, even assaulted because of identifying as, or being perceived as Muslim. These unacceptable demonstrations of hatred are happening in local neighborhoods, on streets and in many other places throughout the community.

Unfortunately, these terrible acts are becoming more common, following recent, horrific events in Paris and San Bernardino, CA, coupled with a negative portrayal by many of all Muslims in and out of the United States. This is having a negative impact on the everyday lives of many of our patients who identify as Muslim.

As a Health Center, we value the rich diversity of our vibrant cultural heritages and religions. Our diversity is one of our greatest strengths. Our purpose is to offer the best quality care and service with great empathy, compassion, dignity and respect that our patients deserve regardless of their religious affiliation or background. This is also true for our entire Lowell Community Health Center community. We pride ourselves in providing linguistically and culturally appropriate care in a safe and peaceful environment.

We encourage everyone to stay informed and to reject hatred and bigotry. Let us stand together in unity and speak up to ensure that basic human rights are protected, so that our community can continue to thrive. As a Health Center, we will continue to offer all members of our community our support and warm welcome.

We, as an organization, will not tolerate any form of expression of hatred, religious or otherwise, by our staff or patients towards other members of the staff, patients or community.

Together, we will continue to work towards improving the overall well-being of all of our patients,

Dorcas, Rajesh, Sheila, Clare, Henry, Beth, Rubin, and Bob

The Culture Wars: Health Care Edition

In 1985, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Margaret Heckler published a detailed and damning report on health disparities between white America and the rest of the population. The document, which has become known as the Heckler Report, sought to be “the generating force for an accelerated national assault on the persistent health disparities” between white Americans and the rest of the population.

Dorcas Grigg-Saito: Low Key, High Success

Fred Faust, principal of The Edge Group, Inc., a real estate brokerage and consulting firm, shares the following essay: This is a series about people in the Greater Lowell area who have taken initiative and achieved special things. Feel free to suggest others who should be so recognized and have interesting stories to tell.

A "Caring for Lowell" Update: Mari's Journey

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.

Breast Cancer Fundraiser A Tremendous Success

Rosalynd Danley Morse and Dorcas Grigg-Saito

On Saturday, April 26th, the Boathouse for Breast Cancer Fundraiser generated a total of $8,200 in community contributions for patients at Lowell Community Health Center receiving breast cancer education and screening services. The fundraiser was supported by dozens of local musicians, businesses, and sponsors.

The success of the event can be credited to the hard work and dedication of Rosalynd Danley Morse, who motivated a group of volunteers to organize the fundraiser. Rosalynd is a champion of breast cancer fundraising, and organizes an event each year. It was especially important to Rosalynd that the contributions be put to use locally to help women in Lowell and the Merrimack Valley. The Health Center is grateful for the work that Rosalynd undertook to make the event such a success. Our patients will benefit from her conviction and kindness.

Rosalynd’s efforts illustrate how a small group of people can have a tremendous impact.

You can support the Health Center’s fundraising efforts by:

Watch the New WrapAround Fund Video

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.

Health Center Receives Top-Level Recognition

LOWELL COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER EARNS NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR PATIENT-CENTERED CARE

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 NCQA PCMH 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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