As part of the community service branch of SNMA, the Cut Hypertension program was started by Penn Med students several years ago to offer hypertension screenings at a local barbershop in West Philly. The barbershop, Philly Cuts, is owned by Darryl Thomas and every other Saturday a mix of medical student and undergraduate volunteers go there to take blood pressures of clients and/or barbers in an effort to help reduce health disparities in the community. The Barbershop is named Philly Cuts and is located at 45th and Chestnut. This year we have added wallet cards to the program so that clients can record their blood pressure in and outside of the barbershop, with hopes that it allows individuals to better track their heart health. It is a great opportunity to get involved in community health, work on clinical skills in a relaxed environment and to have a good time doing it. We've developed a great relationship with the proprietor and appreciate his allowing us to be there as much as we appreciate the practice.
If you would like to sign up, please contact our community service chairs.
Community Service Projects
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