Nancy L. and Richard K. Donahue Dental Center Dedicated

Donahue Dental Center Dedication
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 supporter of the capital campaign to renovate space to add the dental center and eye care center, along with expanding access to primary and behavioral health care.

“Nancy, you make us smile,” noted Lowell CHC CEO Susan West Levine. “I never had the privilege of meeting Dick, but I certainly know of his generosity and his commitment to Lowell. You two truly comprised the Dynamic Duo!”

“Thank you for all your contribution to arts. It helped changed and enhanced the quality of life,” said William Samaras, Mayor of the City of Lowell.

Added State Rep. Thomas Golden, “The City of Lowell is made up of many people. In order to be successful, you need a strong foundation and Nancy, you set the foundation of Lowell to be strong. Thank you and your entire family for giving so much to the community.”

After opening remarks, Donahue was regaled with a reading of “Ode to a Mighty Gal” (with apologies to Lord Byron and nightingales......

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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, Lowell, MA. There will be food from around the world prepared by local, immigrant-owned restaurants. The event will include a reception and speaking program as well as a special exhibit of the history of the International Institute of New England prepared by UMass Lowell History Professor Robert Forrant. Congratulations to all of the honorees!

Learn more about the honorees and award reception.  


Annual St. Patrick's Day Dinner Benefits Teen BLOCK

“Play that fiddle, because it was musical chairs at this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Dinner. Eileen Donoghue once again hosted the annual roast, this time as city manager instead of state senator, alongside her successor former Mayor Ed Kennedy. The event Thursday evening was full of jokes, jokes about jokes and occasional heartfelt sentiments. It was attended by roughly 350 people and was expected to raise about $10,000 for Lowell Community Health Center Teen BLOCK, though the final amount was not yet calculated as of Thursday night.”

Lowell CHC Participates in Opioid Forum with Congresswoman Trahan

“After hearing the dire opioid stories from local first responders, law enforcement, health-care providers and those who have lost loved ones to the crisis, U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan could confidently state that the model of care is clearly broken. That longer-term recovery plans are key in the fight against this insidious disease. And there’s a workforce shortage, not enough people have access to treatment, the funding model needs to change, and the system is not designed to proactively help people who are struggling.”

Teen BLOCK Hosts RevoYOUTHtion Youth Conference

Youth must recognize the power within them, bring their ideas to the table and back them with action if they want to make lasting change on issues that matter to them. That was the message 17-year-old March For Our Lives Boston organizer Vikiana Petit-Homme had for area youth who gathered Saturday morning for Lowell Community Health Center Teen BLOCK’s first RevoYOUTHtion youth conference.

Joint Commission Accreditation

Lowell Community Health Center (Lowell CHC) has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its rigorous, nationally recognized standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality reflecting the health center’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

Sheryl M. Bourbeau

Sheryl M. Bourbeau has been practicing law for twenty-five years and has been with Gallagher & Cavanaugh since 2004. She counsels clients in complex employment and business matters as well as personal injury litigation. Ms. Bourbeau serves as an officer and member of the Lowell Community Health Center Board of Directors, among other community involvements.

Rebecca Williams

Rebecca Williams has joined Lowell Community Health Center as director of integrated care and case management to advance the health center’s work with the Wellforce Care Plan ACO. 

Grant award from Eastern Bank

Lowell Community Health Center (Lowell CHC), a nonprofit health center that serves more than 50,000 people in Greater Lowell, has received a $10,000 targeted grant from Eastern Bank.


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