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Health and Wellness Newsroom

Barbershop Health Sessions for Men

Thursday January 21, 2010

The Department of Public Health and Wellness’s Center for Heath Equity will sponsor two barbershop health sessions for men, primarily African American men.

The sessions will be held tomorrow, Friday January 22 from 3 to 6 p.m. and on Saturday January 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Both sessions will be held at Skips Shears Plus III at 801 W. Broadway.

Activities will include blood pressure and glucose screenings provided by Norton Healthcare, discussion and information on men’s health issues, door prizes and chances to win free hair cuts. For more information call the Center for Health Equity at 574-6616.

“African American men have some of the worst health of any group in the country,” said Dr. Adewale Troutman, Public Health and Wellness director. “They suffer from higher rates of obesity, diabetes, lung cancer, and cardiovascular disease. And they rarely go to the doctor! We are seeking creative ways to engage men in not only taking responsibility for their health but we’re also seeking to learn about their social conditions to help us understand other root causes of these alarming health statistics. What better place to go to connect with men than the local barbershop.”

According to a 2007 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report, men are more likely than women to avoid healthcare – especially preventive healthcare until the need is imperative. The men of Louisville follow the national norm. During a recent Louisville Metro focus group on men’s health, the attending men verified that they seek healthcare when their health is in crisis such as blood in their urine or severe pain.

The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness opened the Center for Health Equity in 2006 to eliminate inequities in health status among low income populations and communities of color. The Center is located in the historic Hampton House on West Chestnut Street. It works to address the root causes of health inequities through improved social policies and capacity building.