The Greater Lowell Health Alliance brings together healthcare providers, business leaders, educators, and civic and community leaders with a common goal to improve the overall health of our communities. Over the past year, the GLHA played a leadership role in completing the 2016 Greater Lowell Community Health Needs Assessment, conducted by researchers and students from University of Massachusetts Lowell on behalf of the GLHA and Lowell General Hospital. GLHA will be working with the community to develop a Community Health Improvement Plan to address the unmet health needs identified in this important assessment.
The five health-focused task forces of the GLHA —Substance Use and Prevention, Mental Health, Maternal/Child Health, Healthy Eating and Living, and Cultural Competency – have set the stage for long-term improvements in the health of our community, with a focus on encouraging collaboration among member organizations. These task forces are comprised entirely of community volunteers whose passion and resiliency have already led to significant improvements in our healthcare landscape.
Over the next decade, the GLHA will receive nearly $5 million in funds allocated by Lowell General Hospital through the hospital’s Determination of Need process for its recent campus expansion. This process through the Department of Public Health ensures that hospitals are providing a measurable community benefit to the communities they serve.
2016 COMMUNITY HEALTH INITIATIVES GRANTS
The GLHA is proud to announce the grant awards for the Fall of 2016 to
support programs and services to improve the overall health of the Greater
Lowell community. Grants were awarded around the following priority areas:
• Mental Health and Mental Disorders
• Substance Abuse (Including Tobacco Use)
• Chronic Disease (e.g. Asthma, Obesity, Diabetes)
• Prevention & Screenings (e.g. Cancer, children’s nutrition)
The GLHA awarded eight grants totaling $200,000 to community-based
organizations to address critical health issues in the Greater Lowell area.
2014 and 2015 GRANTS
In 2014 and 2015, more than $400,000 was awarded through the GLHA’s first grant distribution cycles.