Greater Lowell Health Alliance Releases 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment
LOWELL – Mental health, substance addiction, alcohol abuse/addiction, cancer and nutrition are among the region’s top public health priorities, according to the 2019 Greater Lowell Health Needs Assessment (CHNA).
The Greater Lowell Health Alliance will release the full CHNA report and announce its 2019 grant winners at its annual meeting on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019 at Greater Lowell Technical High School, 250 Pawtucket Blvd., Tyngsboro, MA.
Guest speakers will be UMass Lowell public health researchers David Turcotte and Hannah Tello, who will discuss the results of their work on the CHNA, a report developed every three years to identify the most pressing community health needs in the communities of Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Lowell, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough and Westford.
To collect information for the 2019 CNHA, a team of UMass Lowell teachers and students conducted more than 20 group listening sessions, 19 key information interviews and 1,355 surveys of community members and utilized other public health data. The results provide a foundation for the GLHA and its partners, including Lowell General Hospital, to build consensus on the area’s priority health needs and develop action plans to improve the health of the area’s residents. An online version of the full report is available at www.lowellgeneral.org/chna.
Registration for the GLHA annual meeting begins at 7:30 a.m. and the program begins at 8 a.m. Seating is limited, so registration is requested. For more information or to register, email RSVP@greaterlowellhealthalliance.org.
The GLHA works closely with healthcare providers, business leaders, educators, and civic and community leaders, with a common goal to help the Greater Lowell community identify and address its health and wellness priorities. To learn more, visit www.greaterlowellhealthalliance.org.