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Program connecting men to health screening, resources

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Posted at 5:18 PM, Sep 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-30 19:42:16-04

BALTIMORE — A program in Baltimore City is connecting men to health screenings and resources.

After recognizing that men are less likely to see a doctor while yet have strong relationships with their barbers, Live Chair developed a program to show barbers how to screen for health conditions.

Through a new partnership with LifeBridge Health, the program is expanding. LifeBridge is providing PPW, COVID-19 screening tools, education, and support to local barbershops.

With cases of hypertension, diabetes, and death from stroke higher in the black community, Shanile Shakoor, the owner of Nile Style Barbershop says it’s important to offer these resources.

"If you're a business owner it’s your duty to give something back,” said Shakoor. “My legacy here in Baltimore as a barbershop owner, I just don't want to do a nice fade I want to be able to give something to the community that will way outlive what I've done here over the past 22 years."

Shakoor says the program is groundbreaking and will save so many lives.

The goal of the program is to expand to 20 barbershops in northwest Baltimore and eventually expand to the whole city, state, and across the country.