"In Pursuit of Health Equity"
Clarence Jones is outreach director of Southside Community Health Services and Q Health Connections (Southside Community Health Services’ Outreach Department) which works with community partners to offer free, weekly blood pressure screenings in the community. Clippers ‘n Curls program launched in 2014, a collaboration between Southside Community Health Services, the Minnesota Department of Health, American Heart Association and the MN Black Nurses Association. The goal of this program is to reduce the incidents of heart attack and stroke in the African American population. A major risk factor for heart disease and stroke is high blood pressure. Clippers ‘n Curls focused on screening people for high blood pressure by placing blood pressure kiosks within seven barbershops and barber/salon schools along with a display board with information about blood pressure, stroke warning signs and where to go for care. The pilot program was a success averaging 117 readings a month, educating and bridging access to care for high blood pressure in the Twin Cities area.