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State leaders discuss pandemic impact with Lowell CHC, other agencies

State legislators visiting Lowell recently heard from local leaders about the challenges their agencies faced during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and how the state can help with recovery. Lowell Community Health Center Executive Director Susan Levine spoke about her team’s quick response when the lockdown hit in March 2020. “During the pandemic, our team stepped up under extraordinary circumstances. Within 48 hours of the lockdown we had a virtual appointment system up and running.”

New Smiles4Families Fund

Give to the Smiles4Families Fund

Oral health is crucial to overall health. Through the newly created Smiles4Families Fund, Lowell Community Health Center is seeking to ensure that every Lowell CHC patient has access to the dental care they need, regardless of ability to pay. Why did we create the Smiles4Familes Fund? Because we believe everyone deserves a happy, healthy smile. Dental care is expensive. Insurance can help, but only so much. Smiles4Families will help make up the difference by paying for essential dental care our patients need to smile with confidence.

“We literally have patients tell us, ‘I feel human again,’” shares Dental Director Dr. Samantha Jordan, describing the life-changing impact of quality dental care.

COVID-19 Vaccination Equity Report

As part of demonstrating Lowell Community Health Center’s commitment to equity, inclusion, and combatting racism, we are continuing to produce a COVID-19 Vaccination Equity Report. This report provides details from our vaccine distribution here at the Health Center.

US Senator Elizabeth Warren Visits Lowell CHC

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren visited Lowell Community Health Center on June 29 to celebrate the work of the health center in our community, thank our staff for their frontline work on the COVID-19 pandemic, and to applaud the patient- and community-focused use of the $5.3 million in HRS) funding for COVID response and recovery, as well as the $800,000 for capital improvements to our first floor. Senator Warren echoed Lowell CHC CEO Susan West Levine’s passionate advocacy for long-term, stable funding for CHCs as a key component of public health. We are deeply grateful for Senator Warren’s support.

Free Screening: A Place to Breathe

A Place to Breathe

In honor of World Refugee & Immigrant Day, you are invited to view “A Place to Breathe” free online from June 18 — June 20. This stunning documentary features the Metta Health Center at Lowell CHC as it explores trauma and resilience through the eyes of immigrant and refugee healthcare practitioners and patients. The feature-length documentary intertwines the personal journeys of those who are transcending their own obstacles by healing others, highlighting the perseverance and creative strategies through which immigrant communities survive and thrive. View on Facebook at https://fb.me/e/2fBp9es6q

A Homegrown Partnership: Healthy Food for All

Mobile Market
Thanks to a partnership with the Lowell nonprofit Mill City Grows, patients at the Health Center with chronic health conditions are finding it easier to access the healthy foods their special diets require. We are grateful for the partnership!

The program just launched, and already 56 adults with conditions including heart disease, diabetes, depression, and hypertension have enrolled. They can pick from a healthy array of fresh, locally grown produce at any one of Mill City Grows’ mobile markets, including one parked outside of the Health Center every Tuesday from 10 am to 12pm.  

With funding through our Wellforce Care Plan ACO, the program is free to participants and can be combined with SNAP and WIC benefits.

“A lot of people want to pick their own food and tailor their meals to what they, culturally, prefer,” notes Rebecca Williams, RN, Director of Integrated Care and Case Management at Lowell CHC. “And although the program is aimed at adults, they bring the food home to their families, so everyone benefits.”

Williams expects the program with Mill City Grows to expand throughout the summer. The Health Center will continue to offer medically tailored meals year round to eligible patients with certain chronic conditions through our partnership with Community Servings.

“Our Mobile Market has broken barriers of location and mobility to bring fresh produce......

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Patients: Share Your Feedback

We are expanding our patient experience surveys. Your feedback matters! If you have a telehealth appointment, you will receive a link to the new and improved survey by text after your appointment. Starting June 1, we will be launching a survey for in-person visits as well. Please share your thoughts so we can continue to improve your care. 

The Value and Impact of Lowell Community Health Center

Health centers provide tremendous value and impact to the communities they serve, including jobs and economic stimulus, savings to Medicaid, and access to care for vulnerable populations. A new report highlights the Lowell Community Health Center 2020 contributions and savings.

 

Mass. To Ease Mask Mandate, Lift All Other COVID Restrictions May 29; End State Of Emergency June 15

While masks will still need to be worn in healthcare facilities, like Lowell CHC, most other COVID restrictions will be lifted at the end of the month.

“Never mind Aug. 1. The Saturday of Memorial Day weekend — May 29 — is the new target date for the end of nearly all remaining COVID-19 restrictions in Massachusetts.”

Free COVID-19 Testing Returns to Lowell

Free COVID-19 testing returns to Lowell May 12 through the state’s “Stop the Spread” program. Testing will be offered in the parking lot of Cawley Memorial Stadium, 424 Douglas Road, available seven days a week:
Monday 8am-2pm, Tuesday 12pm-6pm, Wednesday 8am-2pm, Thursday 12pm-6pm, Friday 8am-2pm, Saturday 10am-2pm, Sunday 10am-2pm. All Massachusetts residents, including those who are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, are eligible to be tested. Walk-ups will also be accepted.

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