The Dr. Miguel and Denese Brito Nutrition & Education Center at MedCenter for Women is designed to improve access to healthy and nutritious food for patients of Center for Women’s Healthcare at MedCenter for Women.
Patients are referred by their physician or their advanced practice provider when a food need is identified during an office visit. That referral serves as a “food prescription,” allowing referred patients to visit the center to receive medically tailored food bags. They’ll also have a customized food shopping experience as well as access to educational resources such as:
- Nutrition and wellness education
- Wellness coaching with a registered dietitian
- Financial health classes (literacy and budgeting)
- Resource counseling, which can provide connections to short- and long-term nutrition assistance programs
We know that prenatal care and ensuring pregnant women have their basic food needs met are the first steps in eliminating the risk of adverse birth outcomes.
This medical food market ensures patients have access to nutritious foods to support a healthy lifestyle as well as the education and resources to maintain it. Learn more at https://britofoodprogram.org/
Food Market Supports New Residents
Sara Adem, new to the area, shopped for boxed cereal, yogurt and fruit as part of the Brito Food Program's effort to provide pregnant women with healthy food and educational resources, including connections to community food resources, to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Adem, left, is pictured with interpreter Salima Farah. Sara received food after one of her prenatal care visits at Cone Health Center for Women's Healthcare.
Ways You Can Help
Our program will be even stronger with community support, and we are so appreciative to those who want to contribute in the form of time, money or food donations. Here’s how you can be part of the Dr. Miguel and Denese Brito Nutrition & Education Center at MedCenter for Women:
Volunteer with us to staff the medical food market to serve the women and families identified by their provider.
Give financially to help expand the number of women and families who can benefit from the medical food market. (Select “Dr. Miguel and Denese Brito Fund” in the drop down list.)