By Cassie Hataway | email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Community members can now do one stop shopping when it comes to their barber and blood pressure checks. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine students will launch the Barbershop BP Project on May 16th. The students are a part of American Medical Student Association or AMSA.
Kweku Hazel, first year TTUHSC medical student and co-chair of the Barbershop BP Project, said the focus is to raise awareness in the community about personal health and preventable disease, particularly hypertension. "The result will be a more positive health care outcome for the participants and an opportunity for medical students to get involved in the community and make a positive impact," Hazel said.
Soheil Daftarian, first year TTUHSC medical student and co-chair of the Barbershop BP Project, said approximately 25 medical student volunteers will disperse among 10 barbershops to spend three hours helping with blood pressure checks. "For most people it is difficult to get to a doctor and get their blood pressure checked. This will allow those who are already at their barber's or beauty shop to take advantage of the project and see how their health is, and most importantly if there are issues with their blood pressure, to get to their physician for a follow up," Soheil said.
The barber shops listed will participate in the Barber Shop BP Project between 1 to 4 p.m. and are free to the public at these locations:
The volunteers will have standard as well as electronic blood pressure cuffs, and will take customers' blood pressures while training the barbers on using the electronic cuffs. The students will place blood pressure screening placards on the shop windows, as well as a chart on the shop's wall with information about blood pressure ranges, risk factors, etc. The students will then leave one electronic cuff with the barber for subsequent use on future customers upon request.
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