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Metro Newsroom

Barbershop Health Fair

Friday December 11, 2009

The Department of Public Health and Wellness’s Center for Heath Equity will sponsor a Barbershop Health Fair on Friday, December 18 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Skip’s Shears Plus III, 801 West Broadway.
“African American men have the worst health of any other groups in the U.S.,” 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.”

Activities will include blood pressure and glucose screenings provided by Norton Healthcare, discussion and information on a number of health issues, and door prizes will be given away. For more information call the Center for Health Equity at 574-6616.
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.