Stephen Johnson of F&S Barbershop: “I have always thought about becoming more involved because I

“After completing trade school and not finding a job, one day, my brother asked for a haircut. I borrowed my friend’s tools and gave him a good haircut. That was in 1990 and the rest is history,” says Steven Johnson (pictured right), owner and manager of Church Avenue’s F&S Barbershop. F&S has been partnered with the Arthur Ashe Institute for roughly 16 years. Johnson says that his favorite aspect of the partnership is helping customers become aware of their health issues. “We have had customers who did not know that they had high blood pressure. By having blood pressure tests given here through the Arthur Ashe Institute, customers were more aware of the importance of testing and knowing the

Hermie's Salon: "I see what being informed did for me and want to see what it can do for ot

Hermione Fraser, is the owner of Hermie’s salon, and she has been in the business for over 40 years. Additionally, her work as a community leader is a critical part of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health’s Health & Beauty Council. Ms. Fraser points out that her salon not only offers perms, braids and hair coloring, but also the best products for her clients. In wanting the best for the clients of Hermie’s Salon, Fraser partnered with the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health (AAIUH) to provide information and health awareness for her clients. “It’s a promising experience for my clients, they learn what to ask when they go to the doctor.” Fraser says of her experience with AAIUH, in a

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