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Annette Grotheer  

Founder of The Shop Docs

Well before COVID-19 highlighted the dangerous disparities in healthcare, Dr. Annette Grotheer understood the disproportionate risks that lack of access to preventive care can pose to our communities. While still a student at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Grotheer launched The Shop Docs as her Master of Public Health capstone project in 2016, bringing hypertension screenings into the trusted forum of the barbershop with the aim of improving the health outcomes of African-American men.

In the years since, the program has grown into a national nonprofit organization with other program locations, including Philadelphia and Paterson, N.J., and more in development, as well as a screening site for HIV/AIDS. For her efforts, the young doctor was named to Forbes' "30 Under 30" 2020 list, the only African American in the health care category.

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