The Greater Lowell Health Alliance brings together healthcare providers, business leaders, educators, 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 2022 Greater Lowell Community Health Needs Assessment, led by Dr. Hannah Tello (Director, Special Projects & Evaluation) as well as the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) to address the unmet health needs identified in this important assessment.
The six health-focused task forces of the GLHA —Substance Use and Prevention, Behavioral Health, Housing & the Built Environment, Maternal/Child Health, Wellness and Chronic Disease, and Health Equity – 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. Evolving from the COVID-19 vaccine equity group, our newest task force – the Infectious Disease Task Force – expands beyond COVID to address infection-related issues identified by the 2023 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).
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 2 million in grants to organizations on the front lines of addressing unmet health needs. Over a 16-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.
Grants are awarded around health priorities and programs that meet specific areas of focus identified by the GLHA’s 2023 Community Health Improvement Plan process:
- Wellness & Chronic Disease
- Infectious Disease
- Health Equity
- Maternal Child Health
- Behavioral Health
- Safety & Violence
- Housing & the Built Environment
- Substance Use & Prevention
- Overarching Service Navigation