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Through increased outreach and marketing efforts GLFHC is quickly becoming known not only locally but also statewide and nationally, for its outstanding patient care.
GLFHC is considered one of the top performing Health Centers in the country, recognized for its overall patient care, annual achievement of important national clinical quality benchmarks, and its outstanding Lawrence Family Medicine Residency program.
The External Relations Team is responsible for the following key areas:
- Community Relations
- Marketing and Communications
- Development and Fundraising
- Grants and Contracts Administration
- Legislative and Governmental Affairs
- Public Relations
In 2015 the Health Center joined the national call to action and adopted the Access is the Answer theme by creating the Access to Care Fund as its overarching funding priority, as this most closely aligns with GLFHC’s mission:
To improve and maintain the health of individuals and families in the Merrimack Valley by providing a network of high quality, comprehensive health care services and by training health care professionals to respond to the needs of a culturally diverse population. The Access to Care Fund is your way to give to GLFHC throughout the year.
By supporting the Access to Care Fund donors provide the Health Center with funds that are used to continue providing patient services not otherwise covered by insurance, but all very important to our patients in their day-to-day lives – just a helping hand for our valued patients.
Greater Lawrence Family Health Center is more than just seeing a doctor: we believe in building relationships with our patients. As an organization that cares for over 60,000 patients, we pride ourselves on being able to offer access to affordable, quality health care, helping our patients to lead healthier lives.
Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, the 2nd largest community health center in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, identifies the need for participating in grassroots advocacy at the local, state, and federal level as a top priority.
Grassroots Advocacy is defined by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) as communicating with the general public in an effort to influence the vote of a legislative body. GLFHC has been recognized by the National Association of Community Health Centers as an Advocacy Center of Excellence.
In the case of GLFHC, an Advocacy Champions Team (ACT) has been established, that includes internal and external stakeholders. The Advocacy Champions Team is charged with recruiting staff, board members, volunteers, and community supporters of the Health Center to become Health Center Advocates and educating the community on the importance of advocating for GLFHC at all levels – local, state, and federal. The Advocacy Champions Team is also charged with recruiting an Advocacy Rapid Response Team (ARRT).
The ARRT will be the group of GLFHC staff and friends that will initially be called into action to respond to initiatives set forth by NACHC or the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers.
Advocacy Objectives at GLFHC:
1. Increase participation from GLFHC employees, board, patients, and community members as Health Center Advocates.
2. Educate internal and external stakeholders on the importance of Advocacy for Community Health Centers at the local, state, and federal levels.
Become a Health Center Advocate
Go to the Campaign for America’s Health Center’s and join the movement…make sure to mention that GLFHC is your Health Center!
Become a Health Center Advocate Today…Text HCADVOCATE to 52886 – it’s that simple!
The External Relations team is focused on advancing the mission of Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, through raising private philanthropic support, communicating the mission – internally and externally – in a meaningful way, and ultimately strengthening the GLFHC brand amongst our various constituencies at the local, state, and federal levels.
The Health Center raises support through signature events and diversified grant seeking and fundraising efforts. Some recent efforts of the External Relations Team include:
- Making a Difference Gala
- In Pink Brunch and Fashion Show
- Greater Lawrence Family Health Center Friends Event
Fundraising and Development
- Annual Fund
- Annual Employee Appeal
- Grant Writing and Management
- Donor/Community Relations
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Ryan White Funding
The integration of various disciplines allows GLFHC to provide a full spectrum of support to over 330 HIV patients. Our HIV team consists of Primary Care Providers, HIV Specialists – AAHIVM-certified Family Physician and Physician’s Assistant, HIV Nurse Care Coordinator, Medical Case Managers, Peer Navigator, Clinical Pharmacist, Nutritionist, and Behavioral Health professionals. As a result of this interdisciplinary team approach, our viral load suppression rate is at 86%--well above the national average of 71%. Through our Ryan White grant funding, the team is able to provide medical and social services to a vulnerable population, thereby decreasing morbidity, mortality, and hospitalizations.Learn more
Richard Napolitano, Senior Vice President External Relations/Chief Development Officer
Beth Short, Director of Marketing & Development
Mary Lyman, Manager, Development and Community Relations
Joseph Girard-Meli, Communications Specialist
Laura Burns, Manager, Development and Donor Relations
Steve Crowell, Development Associate
School-Based Health Center Care Packages
The External Relations team put some of the money in the Access to Care Fund to use by creating small “care package” bags for kids at the School-Based Health Centers at Lawrence High and Greater Lawrence Technical School.Read More
Prenatal Education Books
Thanks to donations from GLFHC supporters, the External Relations team was able to organize the purchase of prenatal education materials, including 90 books entitled “Baby Basics: Your Month By Month Guide To A Healthy Pregnancy” through the March of Dimes.Read More
Reach Out and Read
The External Relations department coordinated an effort to save the “Reach Out and Read” program from extinction with the help of our donors' generous contributions.Read More
Mobile Health Unit
The Mobile Health Unit is a great example of how our donors’ generous contributions go directly to providing care for our patients and other members of the community.Read More
Access to Care Fund
Each fiscal year, our External Relations team leads an Annual Appeal, with donations going directly into the “Access to Care” Fund.Read More