Dr. Bill Releford, the founder of the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program, is featured on THE DOCTORS to discuss the benefits of screening African American men for diabetes and high blood pressure in black-owned barbershops.

The Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program addresses healthcare disparities and cardiovascular disease in African American men through creativity, innovation, and hard work. Dr. Bill Releford explains his program on THE DOCTORS. In barbershops, volunteers screen men for diabetes, check their blood pressure and educate them about the risk of smoking and the health benefits of exercising and eating well. The program’s goal this year is to hold screenings in 750 barbershops and reach 25,000 men in 50 cities. By spring 2009, the campaign had already hit New Orleans, Chicago, St. Louis, and Los Angeles.  By screening African American men for both diabetes and hypertension in various barbershops around the country, the program has the potential to save lives and address health care disparities within these communities.

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A network of health care outreach professionals in black-owned barbershops throughout the United States. The goal is to use a cultural setting, conducive of trust and interaction (the barbershop) to also be a place where black males can actively learn how to prevent diabetes and cardiovascular disease, show to disproportionately affect the black male population.

Dr. Releford's Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program
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Welcome to the official site of The Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program. Addressing healthcare disparities and cardiovascular disease in African American men is critical and will require creativity, innovation and hard work. Because African American men are disproportionately affected by diabetes and hypertension more than any other ethnic group, creative and innovative outreach is critical. Our goal is to facilitate education, early detection, and referral to the appropriate healthcare partner in the cities where we are present. By screening African American men for both diabetes and hypertension in various barbershops around the country, we will save lives and address health care disparities from within our communities.

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