I seen what you guys had going on, so I took advantage of it. So I said to myself, “Let me get my blood pressure checked.” I didn’t have it checked in awhile. We’re wanting people to know what their blood pressure is so that they can get the right care. And for some, who know they have high blood pressure, is it controlled, because if it’s not controlled, you’re not getting maximum benefit. (upbeat electronic music) Cut Hypertension is an initiative bwtn Alpha Phi Alpha and its not-for-profit wing, which is the George Biddle Kelley Foundation, and Albany Medical Center. And we’re really trying to draw some attention to hypertension, particularly in the African-American community. We chose to use the barbershop as a focus for our initial intervention, because we have learned that this is a site where a lot of people get information about their health and their lives, and what better place to impact hypertension than here? We’re beginning this partnership with Albany Med here at Brick’s Barbershop. We’re like a community headquarters, I say sometimes. This is a place where the community comes and seeks refuge, comfort, they relax. People feel really comfortable expressing themselves, and the issues that they face. Hypertension is an important health topic and there are a lot of myths and misconceptions in relations to treatment and how to deal with it in the community, so we’re hoping to dispel a lot of the myths, and to provide some nice health information that people can utilize. Today is all about demonstrating the importance of getting out into the community with efforts to improve the health of the people we care for. Hypertension can cause serious problems with our brains. It can lead to strokes. It can lead to dementia. It can cause heart disease, heart attacks. After they take their blood pressure, we not only share information, but we can actually do referrals to physicians. This is a predominantly African American community. African-Americans are about 40% more likely to have hypertension. So I think us being in this community and being at a barbershop, where everyone can talk and share information. It’s just such a great place. It reminds them why they went to medical school. Sometimes their doing their exams, and they’re studying, and they’re in the library, it’s dark. They’re sitting over the books. They forget why they went into medicine, and this reminds them. They also don’t know though, that this will also give them the opportunity to learn about what illnesses in the community, in a real way, and actually recognize why it’s important. When I got it checked, it was a little high. So I got it checked twice. That second or the first time, it was a little high, and then I came back again 20 minutes later, and it was still a little high. I have to make an appointment with my primary, and go ahead and handle my business as far as this blood pressure’s concerned. I’ve only been here for a year and a half I think, but I love this community. I love being at Albany Med, and I like how involved they are in this community. And it’s so great to get to know the community you’re serving. We all bring different resources to the table. This represents an important way for all of us to get together and maximize our resources, and certainly dealing with this issue. Health and preventative health is actually accomplished at home. In the neighborhood, in your community, in your workplace, in your barbershop. And when you link health efforts to your community, then the circle of people who are working with you, that are advocates who are encouraging you to get care and stay on the right track is so much better.