Dr. Angela Abraham has joined Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center as its new Director of Optometry. The expansion of Harvard Street’s services to include a full-service optometry department is important to building its comprehensive patient-focused medical facility, according to president and CEO Stan McLaren.
“Patients are now able to complete their medical appointments and go directly to our optometry department for eye exams. They can also order their glasses, for complete one stop shopping,” McLaren said.
Dr. Abraham previously served as the Director of Eye and Vision Services at The Dimock Center, a New England College of Optometry (NECO) affiliated clinic. While there, she was also an assistant clinical professor that trained future optometry students. Prior to that, Dr. Abraham was in private practice in South Carolina.
“At Harvard Street, Dr. Abraham will continue her work as an optometrist, bringing her specialized eye care in ocular diseases to our patients,” continued McLaren. “With her passion for reducing racial disparities in vision healthcare, social justice, treatment of glaucoma and overall public health challenges that plague communities of color, Dr. Abraham has become a stellar addition to our team.”
Her career accomplishments include being the first optometrist to complete the Nick Littlefield Fellowship in Health Policy for Network for Excellence in Health Innovation, (NEHI), Boston, MA which included coursework Hain minority health policy and social justice at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She was also the first optometrist to attend Academy Health’s Health Policy Orientation class in Washington, DC
“I am very excited for the opportunity to build an optometry practice at Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center, said Dr. Abraham. “Throughout my career, I’ve actively worked to develop healthcare policies for reducing disparities and barriers to quality care. This role will allow me to ensure that the patients in this broadly diverse health center and community, receive the best eye care possible.”
In addition to her role at Harvard Street, Dr. Abraham will continue her work as the inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Liaison for the New England College of Optometry.