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BARBER SHOPS AND BEAUTY SALONS DOING MORE THAN JUST HAIR

BARBER SHOPS AND BEAUTY SALONS DOING MORE THAN JUST HAIR

The phrase "meeting people where they are" is especially important when it comes to teaching people about pressing health issues, especially if people do not have the best access to preventative health care. So where are some non-traditional places where people can get the message about issues ranging from diabetes, STIs, HIV/AIDS and prostate cancer?

Believe it or not, more and more hair salons and barber shops across the country are serving as the bridge between the community and that crucial health information. Last week, Reuters ran an interesting article about how the Arthur Ashe Institute has been working with Harlem-based establishments to raise awareness around health issues.

The article opens in Denny Moe's Superstar Barbershop, where a barber is testing one of his customer's blood pressures in the chair. If clients' pressures are high, the barber gets him into contact with a doctor who works is linked to the program. (more)

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Article by KELLEE TERRELL, BET News | Read full article here


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