PATERSON, NJ - On most days, especially Saturdays,  a recent press release said, barbershops and beauty salons are filled with people of different ethnicities, often spending hours getting their hair shampooed, trimmed, cut, braided, and colored. These gathering spots, therefore, are ideal places to engage, educate, and provide screening for high blood pressure, according to one medical professional.

On Saturday, continuing an effort launched by Annette Grotheer, a medical student at the University of Miami School of Medicine in 2016, The Shop Docs will be at Eastside Barbers, 160 Vreeland Ave, offering free blood pressure screenings to all customers.

Grotheer said that the effort began as a way to “take some stigma out of getting screened.”

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With black men suffering from health complications and death related to hypertension and cardiovascular disease at rates higher than men from other races, Grotheer, following her passion to improve discrepancies in minority healthcare, decided to take a more proactive approach.

“This group doesn’t traditionally go to the doctor for preventative checks, and is often overlooked in the traditional healthcare system,” she said. “In order to reach this group we go to them!”

Offering his support of the program was Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly who told TAPinto Paterson that “we all get busy in our day-to-day lives, often thinking about caring for everyone but ourselves.”

“If we want to raise healthy families we must be healthy ourselves, and do what we can to protect our own health,” he added. “I am proud to be a part of this effort and encourage all men to come out and get screened!”

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