WCHD's Black Male Health program

The Winnebago County Health Department’s Black Male Health Program announces the expansion of the Automatic Blood Pressure Program.

Mark Hunter, Winnebago County Health Department’s, Black Male Health Coordinator recently announced, the expansion of the Automatic Blood Pressure Program in Rockford.

The principle of the automatic blood pressure program is to increase blood pressure measurement access to the minority community, which is disproportionately impacted by chronic illness such as heart attack and stroke. Since the program’s inception in 2001, more than 5,000 blood pressure readings have been done.

Currently in Rockford, automatic blood pressure machines are located at Vern’s Barbershop, 346 College Ave., and Sharper Styles and Cuts Barbershop, 2704 W. State St.

Today, Vern’s Barbershop and Booker Washington Center will receive the new, upgraded machines. In addition to blood pressure, these more advanced machines have heart rate and body weight measuring capabilities. The new machines are also equipped with built-in printers, and will be able to store the client’s data, which can be accessed by individual personal codes. Booker Washington Center is at 524 Kent St., Rockford and is a brand new site for the program.

For more information on the Blood Pressure Program, contact Mark Hunter, Black Male Health coordinator, at 720-4268, or David Kendall, vice chairman, Minority Health Advisory Council, at 978-6507.

From the July 27-Aug. 2, 2005, issue

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