Determining Health Priorities

2022 Greater Lowell Community Health Needs Assessment

The Greater Lowell Health Alliance continuously seeks input in determining the region’s most urgent health care needs. We have completed the 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment, and wouldn’t have been able to do this without your help! Thank you to all who contributed.

In partnership with the GLHA, Lowell General Hospital has commissioned researchers and students from the University of Massachusetts Lowell to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment. The new assessment was conducted in 2022, with similar assessments conducted in 2010, 2013, 2016, and 2019. As in previous years, this process involves primary data collection using focus groups and online and in-person surveys, as well as secondary data sources, such as the Massachusetts Department of Public Health MassCHIP database and the United States Census.


The community needs assessment provides a foundation for the GLHA and its partners to build ongoing consensus on the area’s priority health needs and develop future Community Health Improvement Plans (CHIPs) to improve the health of the area’s residents. The 2022 Greater Lowell Community Health Needs Assessment was released to the public on November 4, 2022!


The Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), serves as a road map for the GLHA and our partners, steering us in the direction we need to take to improve health outcomes within the communities of the Greater Lowell region. The results of the 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment will help generate the 2023 Community Health Improvement Plan, with a goal to address current and developing health issues that our communities are facing.

Our most recent CHIP, developed in part from data collected by the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment and released in 2020, is having a significant impact on our region. Hundreds of community partners and dozens of community agencies and businesses collaborated to evaluate the community’s health needs and create action plans surrounding those needs.