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 also worked with the community to develop a Community Health Improvement Plan to address the unmet health needs identified in this important assessment.
The six health-focused task forces of the GLHA —Substance Use and Prevention, Mental Health, Social Determinants of 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.
The Greater Lowell Health Alliance offers grants to support programs and services to improve the overall health of the Greater Lowell community. To date, we have distributed more than 1.5 million in grants to organizations on the front lines of addressing unmet health needs. Over a 14-year period, the GLHA will distribute nearly $5 million allocated by Lowell General Hospital through the hospital’s Determination of Need process for its 2012 campus expansion.