Community Conversation Series

“What does Housing have to do with Health?” 

The 2nd in the Conversation Series will be held 10/25 at UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center.

Community Teamwork is delighted to continue our Community Conversation Series.
This informational series features national and local experts on topics that immediately impact families of all economic levels in our communities.

Our Second Conversation, “What does Housing have to do with Health?”, features guest speaker Allison Bovell-Ammon, Deputy Director for Policy Strategy, Children’s HealthWatch, Dr. David Turcotte, UMass Lowell Research Professor and Director of New England Healthy Homes Training Center; Dr. Kumble Rajesh, chief Medical Officer, Lowell Community Health Center; and Carl Howell, Division Director, Housing and Homeless Services, Community Teamwork. Join us for a one-hour conversation, then a half-hour question-and-answer session and Reception. Donations gratefully accepted at the door.

General seating is first come, first served.

The reception will be held after the panel discussion at UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center. Light refreshments will be served and cash bar will be available.

Listen to Karen Frederick, CEO CTI, discuss the topic on WCAP radio.

Donations at the door are gratefully appreciated. RSVP TODAY! REGISTER HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT


Parking Parking is available at the Conference Center.

Q&A Session Experts will answer as many questions as possible during the Q&A session.  We ask that you keep your questions brief to allow the maximum number of audience members to participate.

Cell Phones and Other Electronics We ask that all electronics be placed on vibrate or silent for the duration of the Community Conversation.

Questions?  Please contact us at 978.459.0551.

Overview of the Community Conversation Series

Wednesday, October 25th is our second Community Conversation and the continuation of a series of  discussions about topics that impact our clients and communities. Each conversation will feature a nationally recognized expert on the theme and topic and a state/local expert who will converse on the topic for one hour with a 1/2 hour Q&A session immediately following. Community Conversations are also planned for  2018.

Be part of the conversation!

2nd Conversation in the Series to launch on October 25th, 2017!

 Seating is limited so Reserve your space now.

Allison Bovell-Ammon, Deputy Director for Policy Strategy, Children’s HealthWatch

In her role, Allison leads the federal policy work of Children’s HealthWatch. She does this by working closely with the Executive Council, Executive Director, and Deputy Director of Innovative Partnerships, to identify Children’s HealthWatch policy priorities, develop advocacy and communications strategies and foster partnerships for maximizing the impact of Children’s HealthWatch to inform policies that improve child and family health. In coordination with the Leadership Team and the Communications and External Relations Specialist, Allison works with members of the Advisory Board to advance the mission of the organization. She also co-leads with Dr. Sandel Housing Prescriptions as Health Care, an innovative project connecting high-health care utilizing families experiencing housing instability with services tailored to improve housing stability and health.

Read more about Allison on her linked in page.

Children’s HealthWatch, founded in 1998, is a nonpartisan network of pediatricians, public health researchers, and children’s health and policy experts. Our network is committed to improving children’s health in America. We do that by first collecting data in urban hospitals across the country on infants and toddlers from families facing economic hardship. We then analyze and share our findings with academics, legislators, and the public. These efforts help inform public policies and practices that can give all children equal opportunities for healthy, successful lives. Our research is grounded in the experience of pediatric researchers who see first-hand in clinics how economic conditions and public policies are reflected in the health and well-being of their youngest patients. Our network of pediatricians and public health researchers collects data on children up to the age of four in emergency rooms and clinics at Boston Medical Center, the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore; the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock; Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis; and St. Christopher’s Hospital in Philadelphia.

Dr. David A. Turcotte Research Professor, Director, University of Massachusetts, Lowell and Director of New England Healthy Homes Training Center.

  • College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Economics
  • Research Interests: Sustainable housing and community economic development, community conflict resolution, and environmental justice.

Read more about his Publications, Presentations and Sponsored Research

University of Massachusetts, Lowell is a national research university committed to preparing students for work in the real world— solving real problems and helping real people— by providing an affordable, high-quality education.

Located on a high-energy campus in the heart of a global community, the university offers more than 17,000 students bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in six colleges. Our students are more successful than ever thanks to accredited programs, a focus on hands-on learning, and personal attention from accomplished faculty and dedicated staff.

Whether you’re pursuing a career path or still searching for one, UMass Lowell is the ideal place to discover and achieve your purpose. Their graduates are wanted and trusted by employers and graduate schools alike.

With an education from UMass Lowell you will be ready to take on the world.

  • 152 National University Ranking (U.S. News & World Report)
  • 78 Public University Ranking (U.S. News & World Report)
  • 28th in ROI in the nation
  • $94,700 Average mid-career salary of our graduates
  • 1171 Combined SAT Score for Incoming Freshmen
  • 3.59 Average GPA for Incoming Freshmen
  • Top 200 Research Universities in Nation (U.S. News & World Report)
  • $70+ Million Total Research & Development Expenditures
  • 17 NCAA Division I Athletic Teams
  • $1.6 Million Financial Aid Awarded
  • 100+ Undergraduate Majors
  • 40+ Master’s Programs
  • 30+ Doctoral Degrees

Dr. Kumble Rajesh, Chief Medical Officer (Pediatrics and Adolescents)

Dr. Rajesh graduated from the St. John’s Med Coll, Bangalore Univ, Bangalore, Karnataka, India in 1992. He works in Lowell, MA and 1 other location and specializes in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Dr. Rajesh is affiliated with Lowell General Hospital and Lowell General Hospital Saints Campus.

Lowell Community Health Center

Lowell Community Health Center proudly provides access to high quality, affordable health care to children and adults of all ages — regardless of their ability to pay. The Health Center has served the communities of greater Lowell since 1970 and has grown to include many specialty services in addition to comprehensive primary health care.

Health Center patients may choose a primary care physician, nurse practitioner or certified nurse midwife from our team of more than 40 board certified medical providers. Behavioral health services are integrated into the care provided at the Health Center. Patients are able to schedule visits with certified mental health professionals working at the Health Center. Our employees speak 28 different languages, and at least 40 staff are trained medical interpreters.

Lowell Community Health Center is committed to delivering exceptional care that improves the health of the patients it serves through prevention, treatment and education.

Lowell Community Health Center’s mission is to provide caring, quality and culturally competent health services to the people of Greater Lowell, regardless of their financial status; to reduce health disparities and enhance the health of the Greater Lowell community; and to empower each individual to maximize their overall well being.



Carl Howell, Division Director, Housing and Homeless

Carl Howell has been with Community Teamwork since April 2010 as the Director of Residential Services. In that role, he has developed and managed Family Shelters, Home Base and Domestic Violence Residential programs. These services have become recognized by our funders for their success and effectiveness. Carl has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Education and is a graduate of the Institute for Non-Profit Management. He is a thoughtful and respected leader of his programs and has worked with his management team to improve client services as well as staff support and supervision.



Community Teamwork – Nearly 50 Years of Making a Difference

Deep Community Roots

Community Teamwork was established in 1965 as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty and the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. Today, Community Teamwork’s mission is much the same as it was in 1965. As Greater Lowell’s Community Action Agency, we mobilize resources for low-income people, providing opportunities for them to achieve stability, self-sufficiency and a have an active voice and participation in the decisions that affect their lives. We reach over 63 cities and  towns.  Today, we serve over 50,000 people, employ nearly 500 and partner with dozens of organizations including immigrant and refugee communities.