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Building Trust At The Barber Shop

Data shows that Black and Brown communities are in the crosshairs of the Coronavirus pandemic. But history baked in racism has taught those communities not to trust doctors. Dr. Stephen Thomas, director of the University of Maryland Center for Health Equity, has created a network of barbers and stylists who disseminate accurate COVID-19 information in a trusted atmosphere. Plus, we hear from Mike Brown, a barber and manager of Shop Spa, who has served as a credible source of health and wellness information to his clients for more than a decade.

For more information on the University of Maryland Center for Health Equity, visit this link.

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Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Melissa Gerr is a Senior Producer for On the Record. She started in public media at Twin Cities Public Television in St. Paul, Minn., where she is from, and then worked as a field producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland. She made the jump to audio-lover in Baltimore as a digital media editor at Mid-Atlantic Media and Laureate Education, Inc. and as a field producer for "Out of the Blocks." Her beat is typically the off-beat with an emphasis on science, culture and things that make you say, 'Wait, what?'