Sharetta Butcher started the Cuts and Checks barbershop program to help get the word out about high blood pressure. A "silent killer," hypertension increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. And while 75 million adults in the US have high blood pressure, many aren't even aware that they have it. According to the CDC, 1 in 5 adults suffers from hypertension without knowing.
Sharetta is a community health worker at the North by Northeast Community Health Center, a health clinic in Portland, Oregon that offers primary care services focusing on the African American community. In order to reach people directly, Sharetta went around to local barbershops and asked the owners if she could set up a table with a small blood pressure monitor. That way while patrons waited for their haircuts, they could also have the chance to learn more about their health.
The Cuts and Checks program has taken off since its launch in 2015 to include many partnering barbershops and salons around Portland, including Terrell Brandon's Barbershop, Champions Barbershop, and A Cut Above Beauty Salon. Cuts and Checks is building relationships between the health industry and the community while also saving lives.
Dawn Jones Redstone