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Lowell CHC names new chief employee engagement and equity officer

LOWELL — The Lowell Community Health Center announced the appointment of Sheila Och as the chief engagement and equity Oofficer.

Och, formerly chief public policy and equity officer at Lowell Community Health Center, will work to assure the Health Center’s workplace experience is consistent with its values and commitment to equity and inclusion.

In the coming months, Och will work to redesign and implement the health center’s staff engagement strategy and programming, more closely aligning it with an organization-wide commitment to equity and inclusion.

Och has worked at the center for more than 21 years and is recognized locally and nationally for her work advancing equity, inclusion, and social impact, according to Health Center CEO Susan West Levine.

“She is a dedicated, inspirational, and innovative leader who has prioritized inclusivity and collaboration in all that we do,” West Levine said.

During her role as chief public policy and equity officer, Och has worked to advance the health center’s commitment to racial equity, including through a board resolution declaring that racism is a public health crisis.

Och holds multiple degrees and certifications including a bachelor’s in community health from UMass Lowell, a master’s degree in public health from Boston University, and an Advanced Certificate in Financial Operations from Suffolk University. She also completed the LEADS economic and leadership program with the Harvard Business School and the Lawrence Partnership.

Och holds Massachusetts state certification as a Community Health Worker.

Pet rabies, microchip clinic scheduled next month in Pelham, N.H.

PELHAM, N.H. — The Animal Rescue Network of New England will sponsor a low-cost rabies and microchip clinic at the Pelham Police Department from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 2.

All dogs and cats are welcome during the clinic.

To microchip your pet will cost $40, a rabies vaccine costs $15, and a nail trimming costs $10. Attendees must bring proof of a valid rabies vaccination to be eligible for the three-year vaccine.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the clinic will be done in a drive-up manner as to adhere to safety guidelines. Masks are required.

Pets must be leashed or in a kennel. Town pet registrations will be available on site for Pelham residents.

The Pelham Police Department is located at 14 Village Green, in the rear near Lyon’s Park.

For more information, visit, or contact the Animal Rescue Network of New England at 603-233-4801 or by email

UMass Lowell lecture to discuss emergence of ‘Fadocore’

LOWELL — A remote lecture sponsored by UMass Lowell’s Saab Center for Portuguese Studies will explain the emergence of a new syncretic music called “Fadocore” from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16.

Fadocore is a mixture of the Portuguese urban ballad form “fado” with the post-war genres of goth and post-punk music.

Fadocore is the creation of Chris da Rosa and his “Judith and Holofernes” bandmates and emerged out of the Portuguese-American immigrant community of California’s central valley in the early 2000s.

This new genre exposes the way in which Portugal’s national song can be twisted into postpunk registers for the purpose of finding new forms of lament.

For more information, visit or email

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