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Health needs assessment helped drive hospital’s community health improvement work in 2014

Researchers and students from the University of Massachusetts Lowell recently conducted a community health needs study to distinguish the unmet medical and public health needs within the Greater Lowell community. The study, conducted on behalf of Lowell General Hospital and the Greater Lowell Health Alliance, assessed the needs in the city of Lowell as well as the towns of Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough and Westford.

During the assessment, researchers conducted dozens of focus groups and individual interviews with key members of community organizations throughout the greater Lowell community over the course of a six month period. The findings of this important study will provide valuable direction to Lowell General Hospital and many Greater Lowell community organizations in the months ahead.

"Lowell General Hospital is committed to helping improve the health of the communities we serve," said Michelle Davis, RN, MS, Vice President of External Affairs for Lowell General Hospital and chair of the Greater Lowell Health Alliance. "To be able to truly best meet the needs of our patients and the community as a whole, it is important to learn more about the key factors contributing to chronic disease and the challenges facing members of our community and how they affect their health. We are looking forward to engaging our community in this exciting process."

Read how the Assessment identified key community health needs.

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