Stacey Zawacki, DrPH, RDN
Clinical Assistant Professor of Nutrition; Director Boston University Sargent Choice Nutrition Cente
Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College
Stacey Zawacki, DrPH, RDN, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Nutrition in the Department of Health Sciences at Boston University, and Director of the BU Sargent Choice Nutrition Center. A licensed, registered dietitian with a Master’s degree in Exercise Science and a Doctoral degree in Public Health, Dr. Zawacki has 20 years of experience specializing in cardiovascular disease risk factor management for diverse populations. She is a faculty leader for Boston University Community Health Alliance of Medical Professionals (BU CHAMPs), a HRSA grant designed to train students from multiple healthcare professions to work collaboratively in interprofessional teams treating underserved populations.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

Societal focus on personal responsibility for obesity has been shown to contribute to negative attitudes about people with obesity among healthcare providers and internalized weight bias among patients. Consequences of weight stigma include social isolation, stress, negative health behaviors and less frequent medical care. An interprofessional approach is needed to address the complexity of obesity in a way that decreases stigma and promotes physical and emotional wellbeing. The Boston University Community Health Alliance of Medical Professionals (BU CHAMPs) is an education and practice-based…
To effectively support and optimize interprofessional practice and education, interprofessional faculty and clinical providers need to be purposeful in both the design of the curriculum and clinical learning environment. Design should be longitudinal, rooted in IPEC competencies, inclusive to all disciplines participating and centered on the needs of those served in the clinical environment. Boston University Community Health Alliance of Medical Professionals (BU CHAMPs) was created with funding from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA T0BHP30021) in 2016 to address siloed…