Bethany Missionary Baptist Church in Niagara Falls and five of the city’s barber and beauty shops have launched free self-monitored blood pressure screening sites.
The “Barber & Beauty Shop Initiative” makes the screening sites available to those ages 18 and over.
“With ongoing education and relationship development, the Community Health Center of Niagara and Pastor Raymond Allen have developed valuable relationships with local barber and beauty shops where we are now able to create ‘B&B Health Stop’ locations to the Niagara Falls Community. We have great hopes of expanding to the Buffalo area,” said Ebony Patterson-White, community health worker coordinator with Millennium Collaborative Care, which also is part of the effort.
The goal is to boost cardiovascular health awareness in a convenient site, Patterson-White said in a news release. Patrons of the following businesses will be able to use a small digital blood pressure monitor to read and record their own blood pressure, and instructions will be provided to help.
– Howard’s Hair Salon for Men, 1157 Cleveland Ave.
– Nelson’s Hair Studio, 1326 Portage Road
– Danny’s Salon, 619 Pine Ave.
– Crispy Cutz, 619 Pine Ave.
– SASS, 1809 Main St.
– McWilson’s House of Beauty, 1137 South Ave.
Community Health Center of Niagara offers health services regardless of one’s ability to pay. Millennium Collaborative Care is a Performing Provider System (PPS) designed to cut avoidable hospital stays by 25 percent over five years.