HUDA Clinic prescribes food as medicine for uninsured Detroiters

Posted on Nov 22 2019 - 10:30am by UOG

For the first three years Babar Qadri worked as a physician assistant at the HUDA Clinic in Detroit, he says he was “just following everything I learned in medical school.”

“You see a patient with high blood pressure and you give them high blood pressure medication,” says Qadri, known as “Q,” who is now attending physician at HUDA. “You tell them the usual thing that every doctor knows: don’t eat this, don’t eat that, increase your fruits, increase your vegetables, drink more water, blah blah blah. Every patient heard that ’til they’re blue in the face and that’s a story that hasn’t changed.”

But Qadri’s approach changed dramatically when he asked a patient he’d been seeing for three years what she was doing to help her high blood pressure.


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