Community Health Programs
Community Health Workers (CHWs) — Linking Community to Care
CHWs are public health workers who apply their unique understanding of the experience, language and/or culture of the populations they serve in several roles to eliminate health disparities. Lowell Community Health Center has over 60 CHWs and Peer leaders working in various departments.
Reducing Older Adults Asthma Disparities (ROAAD) Research Study
This program targets Lowell Community Health Center patients who are 62 years old and above. These patients have asthma that is not well controlled. The staff in this program speaks English, Spanish, Khmer, Kiswahili and Haitian Creole. Patients who agree to join the program receive 5 home visits from a CHW who can bridge cultural and linguistic barriers. CHWs provide asthma self-management education, assess the home environment to identify triggers, engage and teach patients to reduce exposures (dust, pets, pests, mold, smoke, chemicals), and make referrals for medical, legal, housing, transportation and social services as needed. A nurse accompanies on at least two visits to address complex care needs, conduct medication reconciliation, and provide teaching on medication use while working with the clinical team to implement an asthma action plan (AAP) for the patient. Patients receive allergen-resistant mattress and pillow covers, cleaning and storage supplies, a HEPA vacuum cleaner, and educational materials. This program is in partnership with the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and the Department of Public Health.
Healthy Homes Program
This is a community based asthma program targeting low income children and adults. Community Health Workers conduct Home visits, provide asthma self-management education, assess the home environment to identify triggers, engage and teach patients to reduce exposures (dust, pets, pests, mold, smoke, chemicals), and make referrals for medical, legal, housing, transportation and social services as needed. Patients receive allergen-resistant mattress and pillow covers, cleaning and storage supplies, a HEPA vacuum cleaner, and educational materials in English, Spanish and Khmer. This program is in partnership with University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
Community Outreach Programs
Faith Based Health Initiatives
For over fifteen years, Lowell CHC has worked with local Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs) to bridge a number of barriers individuals face in finding and retaining regular health care and to reduce health disparities. Health Center Community Health Workers (CHWs) collaborate with a network of over 40 faith-based organizations including Khmer (Cambodian) and Laotian Buddhist Temples; African community churches, mosques and Latino and Portuguese houses of worship in Greater Lowell. At each visit to a FBO, Health Center staff usually connect with 100-150 individuals, providing health education and information on how to access programs and services at the Health Center and in the community. Additionally, the health center hosts a Faith leader’s luncheon each year to celebrate the diverse Faith leaders in the greater Lowell Community
Community Health Screenings
Health Center staff conducts Community Health Days (CHDs) offering blood sugar screenings, blood pressure screenings, flu vaccinations, health benefits, depression/stress tests and education about the services available at the health center. Community Health Days (CHDs) are held at various locations throughout the city including the Lowell Adult Education Center, Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS), Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association (CMAA) and other community-based agencies. The number of people reached at any given Community Health Day event ranges from 20 to 200 individuals.
Community Health Fairs and Festivals
The health center is at most Community events and festivals in the Greater Lowell each year. Examples include the African Festival, South East Asian Water Festival, and JAMBRA. We connect thousands of community members to services at these outreach events
Offers help to individuals affected by domestic violence and sexual abuse. The program provides referrals to shelters and legal services, as well as counseling and related social services.