Nabila Azam, MD

Kraft Practitioner Class: 2016

Kraft CHC : Brockton Neighborhood Health Center

Current Position(s):

Vicente’s Site Lead Physician and Internist, Brockton Neighborhood Health Center

Kraft Project Title:

Primary Care Center and Grocery Store Collaboration: An Initiative to Integrate Nutrition and Lifestyle with Health Care

Kraft Project Summary :

Diabetes prevalence in the city of Brockton is 9.4%, significantly above the Massachusetts rate of 7.5% and well above the “Healthy People 2020” goal of 2.5%; the diabetes rate among current health center patients is greater than 12%.  In addition, the patient population of BNHC has significant challenges related to poverty and language barriers. This project will focus on developing a primary care practice adjacent to a new ethnic food supermarket that is favored by most of the Cape Verdean, Haitian, Portuguese and other majority and minority populations of Brockton.  Co-location and programmatic Integration with the food supermarket will increase patients’ access to primary care, provide opportunities for providers to educate patients about nutritious and practical food choices through nutrition classes and counseling, and increase patient engagement in healthy choices and behaviors.