The Greater Lowell Health Alliance (GLHA) of the Community Health Network Area 10 has awarded nine grants totaling $200,000 to community-based organizations to address critical health issues in the Greater Lowell area.
Grants were awarded around the priority areas of mental health, substance abuse, diabetes, obesity, respiratory diseases (e.g. asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), cardiovascular disease, and Hepatitis B in the Cambodian community. Preference was given to projects that serve low-income, vulnerable, and/or at-risk communities.
These funds are part of $5 million being allocated to GLHA by Lowell General Hospital over the next 14 years 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.
“As an organization solely dedicated to improving the quality of health in the communities we serve, we are very pleased to put these funds into the hands of the outstanding front-line organizations that make a difference in the overall health in our communities,” said Kerrie D’Entremont, GLHA Executive Director.
GLHA – comprised of healthcare providers, business leaders, educators, civic and community leaders – plays a critical role in helping individuals and organizations collaboratively improve the health of Greater Lowell region. By raising awareness and providing resources for community organizations, the Alliance empowers them to make decisions and take actions that will lead to an improvement in the region’s health.