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Shake Up Your Holiday Season at the DLC Winter Mixer!

Are you ready to shake up your holiday season? Now in its 5th year, the Winter Mixer is an event for the young, and the young at heart! Attended by more than 100 people each December, the evening is organized by our Developing Leaders Council - a group of committed young professionals learning about nonprofit board service and serving as Health Center ambassadors in the community. Tickets on sale now for the special early bird price of $25!

Eastern Bank Supports Strong Women, Strong Families at Lowell CHC

Eastern Bank check presentation
You might recall reading about our Strong Women, Strong Families program, an innovative way Lowell CHC is addressing substance abuse disorder in new and expectant moms, with support from Women Working Wonders, a fund of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation. Now, we’re thrilled to announce the program has received an extra boost, thanks to a Targeted Grant from Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation. 

We are honored to have received a $10k grant through Eastern Bank’s Grants for Good program, which focuses on organizations making a difference in early childhood growth and development. 

Our program will do just that, helping new and expectant moms maintain sobriety with the tools and support they need to care for themselves and their babies. 

“Thank you, Eastern Bank, for helping us strengthen vulnerable families,” said CEO Susan West Levine.  We couldn’t be more proud of this partnership, which will have impact lasting generations.”

Image caption: Thanks Doc Daugherty (middle), and all of our friends at Eastern Bank for building stronger families!

Read more in the Lowell Sun

Lowell CHC Awarded Grant for Strong Women, Strong Families Program

WWWF Grant Team
Thanks to a $5,000 grant to Lowell Community Health Center (Lowell CHC) from the Women Working Wonders Fund of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, more young mothers-to-be in recovery for substance use disorder (SUD) will have access to supports to improve outcomes for themselves and their child. 

The Health Center’s “Strong Women, Strong Families” project supports Women Working Wonders’ objective to assist women in transition, to encourage women to build on their strengths and increase self-worth while reducing stigma associated with substance use disorder. 

The new grant will provide as many as 40 low-income pregnant and postpartum women with substance use disorder (SUD) with access to a specially designed support group and health-related services, to promote their transition into recovery and strengthen families. The project is a component of the Supporting Healthy Families collaboration between Lowell CHC and Lowell General Hospital, to provide targeted supports, to strengthen young families impacted by SUD.  

Women with SUD are at a higher risk for miscarriage, seizure and high blood pressure. Fifty to 80 percent of opioid-exposed infants will develop feeding issues, called neonatal abstinence syndrome, putting them at risk of lifelong behavioral and developmental problems. The first year after birth is a very stressful period for new moms, and postpartum women in recovery are at increased risk of relapse and overdose within a year after giving birth.  Pregnant women with SUD may also hesitate to...

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Dance 4 Peace: Teens Move to Prevent Suicide

Dance 4 Peace XXIV
Origianlly published in the Lowell Sun
By Jon Winkler

“RECOGNIZE! CONFIDE! PREVENT SUICIDE!”

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 year’s theme being suicide prevention.

Ruth Ogembo, program manager for the Health Center, said before the show that the focus involved young people coming together to talk about violence and issues that impact young people.

Ogembo noted that the event also raises money for a scholarship dedicated to the memory of Quoc Le, a former member of the Teen BLOCK program who was stabbed to death in Boston in 2001 at the age of 19. The scholarship is awarded every year to a teen going to college.

“We also raise money to support the Teen BLOCK programs,” she added. “Our future development programs that are not funded by our usual funders, like having a retreat and giving young people opportunities to get to have hands-on activities that they may not have access to.”

Ogembo described the art of dance as something to unify young people through one beloved form of expression. She noted how the participants get together and plan their routines on their own.

“Everyone loves to dance,” she said. “......

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It's a New DEAL at Lowell Community Health Center

DEAL Program
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 a special purpose for me. When I was a teenager, I had a friend with diabetes, so I was exposed to a lot of feelings about this particular disease. It was quite astonishing to learn that diabetes affects 13% of Lowell CHC patients. We had to support this project, knowing that it would have such significant impact. It’s very satisfying to support a project with direct benefit on the community,” said Newell Flather, Theodore Edson Parker Foundation President. 

Mirroring a national trend, Type II (sometimes called non-insulin-dependent) Diabetes is a growing issue at Lowell Community Health Center (Lowell CHC), where it affects almost 13% of Health Center patients. People with diabetes are at risk for hypertension, heart disease, and other potentially debilitating chronic conditions. The burden on patients and on the health care system is tremendous. As part of the new Wellforce Care Plan, an Accountable Care Organization, Lowell CHC is committed to significantly improving outcomes for...

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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.

A Lowell CHC Summer

Connor
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 gatherings and taken part in planning meetings for Teen BLOCK’s Dance 4 Peace XXIV.

“Working here has opened my eyes to so many things,” Connor reflects. “The diversity is incredible. I’ve met so many interesting people and had a front row seat on health topics impacting all of us on a local, regional, and global level.”

Connor attends Cornell University and will graduate in 2021. He is studying Anthropology, with a focus on medical anthropology, and is minoring in Global Health. He has taken coursework in global and public health, medical anthropology, sociology, as well as communications and Spanish. Wow. No wonder he gets what we do. Thank you, Connor!

Since he’s learned so much this summer, we thought it was time we learned more about him. And if you run into him at Espresso Pizza, be sure to say hello! 
 
10 questions with Connor Griffiths......

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Putting the Kind in "In-Kind"

Aaron's Presents Donation
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 able to wrap our patients in compassionate care - and instill a life-long love of reading. Thanks, girls!

Chinese Bible Church Donation
You can’t imagine our excitement upon the arrival of a huge delivery of diapers, wipes, pajamas, and board books from the Chinese Bible Church of Greater Lowell. It took 5 Lowell CHC staff members just to unload the boxes! According to the National......
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Helping Patients Breathe Easier

Carla CHW
“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’s because so much of what contributes to health happens outside of the exam room. 

Enter Lowell CHC’s Community Health Workers, like Carla. 

“When I visit someone’s home, I can see what’s really going on. I know the questions to ask. What medicines are you taking? What kinds of foods are you eating? Do you have warm clothing for your children? And I can do something about it immediately.”

This support is crucial for so many patients. For people with asthma, it can be life-saving. That’s because reducing asthma triggers in the home and providing a consistent treatment plan play such a huge role in keeping patients out of the hospital.

For the past decade, Lowell CHC has partnered with HUD, UMass Lowell, and the MA Department of Public Health to treat more than 500 asthmatic patients of all ages through a series of research studies that center around home visits. Participants receive......

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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). 

 

 

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