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Heart Association, Mercy College take outreach to barbershops

Posted by Michele Iris on May 30, 2019 4:33:19 PM

The American Heart Association and Mercy College of Health Sciences launched a new initiative, Blood Pressure in Barbershops, this month at local barbershops in Des Moines to provide blood pressure readings and educational opportunities.

The awareness outreach program currently focuses on five African American barbershops in the Des Moines area — Platinum Kutz, House of Fades, Universal Kutz, Hilltop Barbershop and Imperial Kutz — as the prevalence of high blood pressure in African Americans in the United States is among the highest in the world. About 72 million people nationwide — or about 1 in 3 Americans — have high blood pressure; more than 40% of non-Hispanic African American men and women have high blood pressure.

The American Heart Association provides participating barbershops with educational handouts and blood pressure trackers for patrons and owners. Mercy College provides clinical nursing students opportunities to regularly administer blood pressure screenings at each site.

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Mercy College students taking Community Health Nursing 430 partake in the outreach program. Nursing 430 lets students dive in head first with direct hands-on learning opportunities within the Des Moines community. Several other community health activities students partake in includes helping at the Free Clinics of Iowa, safety checking child car seats at the Bob Brown Chevrolet Service Center, and teaching kids how to properly fit a bike helmet during Clowns at the Carousel.

To apply and learn more about the Mercy College's nursing programs, visit www.mchs.edu/nursing.

About Mercy College of Health Sciences
Mercy College of Health Sciences is the only private Catholic college in central Iowa and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Located in downtown Des Moines, Mercy College prepares graduates for service and leadership in the healthcare community with a wide-range of bachelor, associate, and certificate programs. Mercy College’s liberal arts and sciences education develops compassionate caregivers and leaders. Visit www.mchs.edu or call (515) 643-3180 to learn more.