Community Health & Sustainability

In the Community

Department-Wide Activities

Faculty within the Department of Community Health and Sustainability are involved in many aspects of the local, regional, and national community. Faculty participate as board and trustee members, volunteers and collaborators. Locally, faculty are involved with such organizations as:

  • the City of Lowell, 
  • Coalition for a Better Acre,
  • Cambodian Community Health 2010,
  • Lowell School System, 
  • Lowell National Historic Park, 
  • Merrimack Valley Council on Aging, 
  • Lowell High School Health Academy, 
  • D'Youville Senior Care, Girls Inc., and
  • YMCA.
The New England Consortium (TNEC) is the New England region's model worker health and safety training organization. Since 1987, TNEC has delivered Hazardous Waste Site Operations and Emergency Response training to more than 15,000 workers. TNEC is one of 20 national programs administered by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). In collaboration with the departments of Work Environment and Community Health and Sustainability, TNEC draws upon a wealth of worker health and safety knowledge.

Professional Organizations

Faculty are members of many professional organizations representing their disciplines. Please see individual faculty pages for specific organizations.

Practicum Placement Program

Follow this link to the practicum program website
The program culminates with an internship in students' final semester. The faculty work closely with each student to determine the appropriate setting for their internship. Internships are assigned in settings that commonly employ health educators, healthcare facilities, community health centers, corporate fitness centers, etc. Organizations serving as sites for internships in the last few years have included: 

  • the American Lung Association,
  • Lowell Community Health Center, 
  • Northeast Center for Health Communities,
  • Lowell General Hospital, 
  • Plus One Corporate Fitness, 
  • Winchester Hospital Community Health Institute, 
  • D'Youville Senior Care Center, 
  • Catholic Medical Center, 
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention Center, 
  • Merrimac Fitness, 
  • YMCA of Greater Lawrence, 
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, 
  • Department of Health and Human Services Northeast Division, and 
  • Genesis Healthcare Inc.

Experiential Learning

Service Learning is a methodology employed through the undergraduate Community Health program, and distinguishes us from other similar programs. Service Learning allows students to learn about community health  by doing health education! Students work side-by-side with health educators in the community learning about the practice of community health  through well defined projects. Then, in the classroom, students reflect on these experiences and connect them to the academic theories, philosophies, and practice critical to the field. Service Learning sites have included Girls Inc., UMass Lowell Health Services, Healthcare For All, Coalition for a Better Acre, and Lowell Community Health Center.