Chief of Community Health and Policy
Lowell Community Health Center
Sheila Och currently serves as the Chief of Community Health and Policy at Lowell Community Health Center. In this role, she leads community health promotion efforts in Lowell’s refugee and immigrant communities and is in charge of the development, design, implementation and evaluation of public health programs. Recognized for her expertise in providing cultural competence and medical interpretation training, Sheila has worked with more than 3,000 people from throughout the region to effectively deliver services that meet the social, cultural, and linguistic needs of all patients. Sheila received the 2010 Greater Lowell Health Alliance Community Catalyst Award for her accomplishments in the development of cultural competency and medical interpreter programs. In 2015, she was a YWCA of Greater Lawrence Tribute to Women Honoree in recognition for work championing equity and social justice. In 2018, Sheila received the Non-Profit Alliance Kathy Reticker Executive Leadership Award and the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers Advocacy Award.
Born in Puerto Rico, Sheila has lived in the Merrimack Valley for over 30 years. She lives in Methuen with her husband, Henry, two kids, Alex and Sofia, and two dachshunds. She enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, running, being by the ocean and traveling.
Sheila holds multiple degrees and certifications including a B.A. in Community Health from the UMass Lowell, master's degree in Public Health from Boston University and an Advanced Certificate in Financial Operations from Suffolk University. Sheila also holds Massachusetts State Certification as a Community Health Worker.