Hair Today, Health Tomorrow - Local Barbershops, Beauty Salons to Provide Health Screenings
Pitt’s Center for Minority Health Hosts Eighth Annual ‘Take a Health Professional to the People Day’
PITTSBURGH, Sept. 10, 2009 – Regular visits to the doctor’s office are an important part of staying healthy, yet many people do not have a primary care physician for routine checkups. To address this need, the Center for Minority Health (CMH) at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health will hold the eighth annual “Take a Health Professional to the People Day™” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 17 at 10 barbershops and beauty salons throughout Pittsburgh. The event creates a unique opportunity for African-Americans who lack a medical home or may be hesitant to visit the doctor’s office, to talk about health in the comfort of their local barbershop or beauty salon.
“Historically, barbershops and beauty salons have been where African-Americans gather not only to get haircuts and styles, but to network, debate politics, socialize and exchange information through the ‘grapevine’,” said Angela Ford, Ph.D., executive director of the CMH. “It just makes sense that health promotion and disease prevention would work well in this trusted environment.”
This year, teams of volunteer physicians, nurses, public health educators, dentists and pharmacists from Pitt’s Schools of the Health Sciences, Duquesne University School of Nursing, Gateway Health Plan, Mayo Clinic, University of Colorado, University of Wisconsin and health advocates from across the city will join CMH’s innovative community outreach effort. Many of the participating barbers and salon operators have been trained by CMH as lay health advocates. By providing free blood pressure screening and education about diabetes, cancer, hypertension and HIV/AIDS, the event seeks to build trust and promote health and prevent disease in African-American communities.
Screenings will take place at the following locations beginning at 10 a.m.:
- Bat’s Barber Shop, 5911 Penn Ave., East Liberty
- Big Tom’s Full Service Barber Shop, 2042 Centre Ave., Hill District
- Center of Attraction, 2019 Centre Ave., Hill District
- Crown of Glory Hair Salon, 2203 Centre Ave., Hill District
- Hamm’s Barber Shop, 2178 Centre Ave., Hill District
- Mark Anthony Beauty Salon, 311 S. Craig St., Oakland
- Ms. Ida’s Epiphany Barber Shop, 822 Wood St., Wilkinsburg
- The Natural Choice, 111 Meyran Ave., Oakland
- Wade’s Barber Shop, 7223 Kelly St., Homewood
- Willie Tee’s Barber Shop, 7205 Frankstown Rd., Homewood
Established in 1994 with a grant from the R.K. Mellon Foundation, CMH is committed to translating evidence-based research into community-based interventions and innovative outreach practices. The CMH provides the infrastructure for addressing health issues among ethnic and racial minorities and other vulnerable and underserved populations. For more information, visit the CMH web site.
For additional information about Take a Health Professional to the People Day, contact Mario Browne at (412) 624-9472. Reporters interested in covering the event, should contact Clare Collins at (412) 648-9725 or firstname.lastname@example.org.