Barbershops, Beauty Salons Provide Haircuts and Healthier Tomorrows
WHAT: Physicians, nurses, public health educators, dentists and pharmacists from the University of Pittsburgh’s Schools of the Health Sciences and other health and human services organizations
WHO: 10th annual Take a Health Professional to the People Day, sponsored by the Center for Minority Health at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011
WHERE: Participating barbershops and salons around Pittsburgh:
Bat's Barber Shop
5911 Penn Ave.
Center of Attraction
2019 Centre Ave.
Wade's Barber Shop
7246 Kelly St.
The Natural Choice
111 Meyran Ave.
Mark Anthony Hair Salon
209 South Craig St.
Willie Tee's Barber Shop
7205 Frankstown Ave.
Big Tom’s Full Service Barber Shop
2042 Centre Ave.
WHY: Take a Health Professional to the People Day creates an opportunity for African-Americans who lack a medical home, or who may be hesitant to visit the doctor’s office, to talk about health in the comfort of their local barbershops or beauty salons.
Regular visits to the doctor’s office are an important part of staying healthy, yet many people do not have a primary care physician for routine checkups. This year’s event brings together health advocates from across the city and county to provide free blood pressure screening and education about diabetes, cancer, hypertension and HIV/AIDS and to build trust, promote health and prevent disease in African-American communities.
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