Barbershop Hosts Health Screenings
By Jason Lewis
The Diabetic Amputation Prevention (DAP) Foundation has come up with a very clever way to make sure that members of our community know what their health status is.Â
The DAP realized that many people do not have health insurance, and they do not have access to vital tests, such as tests for high blood pressure and diabetes.Â So the DAP is making it easier for community members to receive these tests by launching the Black Barbershop Health Outreach program, which is sponsored by a grant from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
On Saturday, November 7, from 10 am until 4 pm, the DAP will set up at Black barbershops around the Los Angeles areas and give free health screenings.
"The purpose of this event is to address health care disparities in African-American men," said Dr. Bill J. Releford, D.P.M., founder of the DAP Foundation.Â "African-American men have the lowest life expectancy of any group in this country.Â We die from preventable deceases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and prostate cancer.Â Our goal is to bring healthcare resources to a community that is lacking significant health care resources."
Compared to the general public, African American males have a higher risk of diabetes and other cardiovascular conditions, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The American Diabetes Association estimates that 3.7 million (14.7 percent) of African Americans ages 20 years or older have diabetes, while statistics show that forty percent (40 percent) of African American men die prematurely from cardiovascular disease as compared to twenty-one percent (21 percent) of white men.
The DAP has screened over 10,000 men in 23 cities since 2007.Â The DAP has these screening at barbershops because that is where Black men are, and Black men have easy access to the barbershop, opposed to going to a medical facility.Â
The goal for the DAP is to go on a 50 city tour next year, and give screenings at 750 barbershops.Â
On Saturday the DAP will offer free screenings at screenings at the following locations in Los Angeles:Â The New Millennium BS, 4310 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 9004, In The Cut, 220 East Regent St., Inglewood, CA 90301, The New Millennium BS, 1207 N. La Brea Ave., Inglewood, CA, 90302, Legends Barbershop, 5366 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, Inglewood's Finest, 122 S. Market St., Inglewood, CA 90301.
Volunteering for the screening event will be Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., 100 Strong Black Men of Long Beach, United Nurses Association, and Kaiser Permanente Association of African American Professionals.
For more information visit www.blackbarbershop.org or call 310-412-8009.