Watch the Video from the Community Foundation’s Annual Meeting
The Greater Lowell Community Foundation’s Annual Meeting was held on June 6, 2017 in Tewksbury, MA. This year’s event highlighted recent community needs data and strategies for creating a more inclusive community.
Karen Frederick, Chief Executive Oficer at Community Teamwork, presented the results of the community development organization’s recent community needs assessment. The assessment was collected through surveys with hundreds of residents, community focus groups, and collaboration with key organizations.
The top five priorities identified by community members included housing and homelessness, substance abuse, jobs, mental health, and food and nutrition. Community Teamwork will work with local partners, funders, and governments to address these issues through advocacy and policy change.
Sheila Och, Chief of Community Health and Policy at Lowell Community Health Center, spoke about the lens through which we see the world, the diversity of our community, and the need for cultural competence in the workplace. Och illustrated how biases can contribute to poorer health outcomes and a lessened quality of life for stigmatized groups. She offered strategies for embracing our neighbors in a diverse community.