"When The Doctor and the Grocer Team Up to Heal a Community," an op-ed by LISC President and CEO Michael Rubinger, and LISC Boston's Executive Director Bob Van Meter, was published in CommonWealth Magazine on September 2, 2015. The Brockton Neighborhood Health Center and Vicente’s Tropical Supermarket. The two are teaming up to provide affordable health care and incentives for smarter food choices in the City of Champions, a collaboration that backers hope to replicate nationally.
Brockton is a federally designated "food desert," and like similar communities around the country, far too many of its residents live below the poverty level. The area has high rates of nutrition-related diseases like diabetes and hypertension that dwarf the averages in less challenged communities. Comprehensive primary care services have also been out of reach for many. But Brockton is also now home to a pioneering alliance determined to remedy the alarming state of the city's public health—by making quality, affordable health care and healthy food easily obtainable in a single location. Read more about this nationally scalable approach here.