Dance 4 Peace: Teens Move to Prevent Suicide

Origianlly published in the Lowell Sun
By Jon Winkler


That was the mission statement of this year’s Dance 4 Peace event at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium on Friday. The 24th event, hosted by the Lowell Community Health Center’s Teen BLOCK program, showcased local youth not only dancing but also singing and reading national statistics on suicide. Dance 4 Peace focuses on violence prevention with a different theme tying into that every year, with this...

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It's a New DEAL at Lowell Community Health Center

Thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Theodore Edson Parker Foundation Lowell Community Health Center (Lowell CHC) will soon have the tools to improve diabetes self-management among 100 of its Medicaid patients through our DEAL (Diabetes Education and Access for Life) Program.

In particular, the Parker Foundation grant will support the first phase in development of the Health Center’s Nutrition Resource Center (NRC) to educate and engagement patients in chronic disease self-management, with a focus on uncontrolled diabetes.

“This grant has...

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City of Lowell Cooling Stations

Please be aware that due to the upcoming heat wave, the City of Lowell will be setting up a number of cooling stations available to the public.


For more information, and a list of sites, visit the City of Lowell’s website.

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A Lowell CHC Summer

Later this month, we’ll be bidding a fond farewell to Connor Griffiths, our Communications/Marketing Summer Intern. Since joining us in June, we’ve barely let him catch his breath. Along with assisting with press releases and drafting our communications plan, he has worked on staff announcements and creating content for our TV monitors and Intranet. He has also embraced his role as as our on-call staff photographer, ready at a moment’s notice to document a range of important events, including our incredible Pride Month celebration, and visits from State Senator Edward Kennedy and a representative of the United Nations. He’s also captured staff...
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Putting the Kind in "In-Kind"

We are always overwhelmed by your generosity and compassion. This month, we were honored to receive several very special gifts that will have an immediate impact on the 50,000 lives we touch every year. 

We were thrilled to host a group of young volunteers from Aaron’s Presents, a special nonprofit partner that helps young people develop and execute local service projects. These committed young people delivered more than a dozen handmade blankets and new board books for our pediatrics department. Thanks to their hard work, we will literally be...

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Helping Patients Breathe Easier

“When you visit someone’s home, you never know what you’re going to find,” says Carla Caraballo, one of Lowell CHC’s Lead Community Health Workers (CHWs). “Maybe they need food, or help taking their medicine. Maybe they just need someone to listen.”

At Lowell Community Health Center, one of the biggest obstacles our patients face is just getting here. Between lack of transportation, cultural barriers, work schedules, and other constraints, just making it to the exam room can be a challenge.

Plus, there’s a lot you can’t see in a 20-minute appointment. That...

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Save the Date: African Community Celebration

Join us Friday, September 20th, 2019 for festive food, music and fun celebrating the vibrancy and heritage of Lowell’s African Community! The celebration will benefit Lowell CHC’s WrapAround Fund, which pays for vital services not covered by insurance. The evening will kick-off at 5:30 PM right here at Lowell CHC (161 Jackson Street). 



Nancy L. and Richard K. Donahue Dental Center Dedicated

In recognition of their tremendous contributions to Lowell Community Health Center (Lowell CHC) and the community, Lowell CHC celebrated the dedication of its Nancy L. and the late Richard K. Donahue Dental Center at 101 Jackson Street on Monday, May 13th. More than 75 invited guests, including Donahue family members, friends, and colleagues attended.

The Health Center’s new dental center opened over one year ago in March and has since served more than 3,500 patients, many of whom were able to access dental care for the first time. Donahue was a major...

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Lowell CHC Awarded Transportation Grant from GLCF

“Sometimes, simply getting to drug treatment can be the biggest barrier. Thanks to a $2,000 grant provided by the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, Lowell Community Health Center is now able to remove that obstacle for those in need.”


Lowell CHC Employees Honored by International Institute of NE

Please join us in congratulating seven of our colleagues who have been recognized by the International Institute of New England Lowell on its 100th anniversary as being among the 100 most influential leaders and trailblazers who have had a significant impact on Lowell. 

Health & Wellness Leaders
Mercy Anampiu, Health Promotion and Education Manager
Niem Naykret, Community Health Worker
Sheila Och, Chief of Community Health and Policy
Dorcas Grigg-Saito, Former CEO
Toy Vongpheth, Outreach Interpreter

Education Leader
Maria Cunha, Board Member

Civic Leader
Vanna Howard, Director of Communications

The International Institute of New England is a non-profit organization, founded in Lowell in 1918, which provides humanitarian relief, education, skills training, job placement, family reunification, and pathways to citizenship for 2,000 immigrants and refugees each year. A reception to honor the 100 honorees will take place on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 6:00pm at Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 East Merrimack Street,...

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