In some communities, the laundromat has become a place to get a mammogram, a blood test, or a skin cancer screening. Mental health counseling is being offered at churches, health insurance sign-ups are taking place in libraries and parks, and barbers are raising awareness of hypertension and the risk of colorectal cancer as they snip and shave. When the doctor’s office is an intimidating space or a difficult drive away, familiar community spaces become comfortable alternatives that make health services easier to access. Trusted messengers who meet people where they are offer an important entry point to respectful care.
- 2022 Health