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Evansville to Host Black Barbershop Health Initiative Event this Saturday

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Apr 4, 2024

The annual Indiana Black Barbershop Health Initiative is set to take place this Saturday in Evansville. This statewide event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be held at seven different locations throughout the city. The initiative aims to provide free health screenings and valuable education on chronic diseases to the community.

Black barbershops have historically served as more than just places for haircuts – they also act as therapy centers and spaces for healing for Black men. The relationship between Black men and their barbers is built on trust, making barbershops ideal locations for health screenings. When barbers trust medical professionals to conduct these screenings in their shops, Black men are more likely to trust them as well and seek out preventative medical care.

The Indiana Department of Health has reported that Black men in the state have the highest mortality rate compared to any other group. Additionally, prostate cancer is more prevalent among Black men in Indiana than any other racial or ethnic group. These concerning statistics highlight the importance of events like the Indiana Black Barbershop Health Initiative in providing accessible health resources and information to the Black community.

The participating locations for the Black Barbershop Health Initiative in Evansville include Fila’s Designs, Jerald’s Barbershop, The Dapper Man’s Parlor, Lynch’s House of Coiffure, Going Forward Barber & Beauty Shop, Super Fresh, and Chinnos. These establishments will host free health screenings and provide essential education on chronic diseases to help improve the health outcomes of Black men in the area.

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