Sentara Martha Jefferson HealthWise: Health in Your Hands
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A local hospital and health district are teaming up to expand health care services with a new program called Health in Your Hands.
Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital has partnered with the Blue Ridge Health District to help expand health care services to all residents.
Every Thursday through Sept. 30, people can stop by the A Cut Above the Rest barbershop for free health screenings, Johnson and Johnson vaccine administration, voter registration and consultations with health care experts.
"Really having that one-on-one attention from providers to really talk to people who do not have time to go make an appointment with a doctor or have a primary health provider," said Diana Webb, Sentara MJH's community health educator.
Event organizer Greg Winston hopes these conversations with experts will help clear up doubts people have over the vaccine.
"We are having medical providers on-site to provide curbside consults, such that they can overcome the misinformation that folks have relative to the vaccination," he said.
One demographic that this program is targeting is the African-American community.
"As we've looked at the numbers," said Winston. "That is the lowest vaccinated ethnic group as we've looked at the data and our goal is to increase those numbers and gt to a point where we can reach herd immunity within that community."
The program will also offer services like blood pressure screenings, A1C testing, body mass index testing, and Medicaid enrollment.
It will take place between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and there is no appointment necessary.