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Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males

5th Annual Indiana Black Barbershop Health Initiative 5th Annual Indiana Black Barbershop Health Initiative

Indiana – The Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males (ICSSBM) will be coordinating the Annual Indiana Black Barbershop Health Initiative for the fifth time, in 2015. The initiative will take place on Saturday, April 11, 2015. This event will be held in conjunction with local commissions and community partners will be providing health screenings and education at local barbershops from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in these fifteen participating cities:

  • Bloomington
  • Elkhart       
  • Evansville            
  • Fort Wayne
  • Gary
  • Hammond
  • Indianapolis                   
  • Jeffersonville
  • Kokomo
  • Merrillville
  • Michigan City
  • New Albany
  • Richmond
  • South Bend
  • Terre Haute

Click HERE for the most recent list of participating barbershops.

The Kick-Off event will be held on April 2 at The Brick, 1145 Northside Blvd in South Bend.

The Indiana Black Barbershop Heath Initiative, along with numerous volunteers, seeks to enlighten African American men to better understand cardiovascular diseases through screening and education. This year’s statewide initiative partners include Telamon Corporation, Novo Nordisk and the Indiana Minority Health Coalition. The initiative also enjoys support from local health and community partners and is thankful for the public engagement in each city.  

Recent figures from the Indiana Department of Health show African American men have the highest mortality rate of any group in Indiana. African American men also suffer from prostate cancer at a higher level in Indiana than any other racial or ethnic group.      

This is the fifth year for the annual initiative and from the first year with six cities the initiative has more than doubled to 15 cities. The initiative now utilizes over fifty barbershops, over two hundred barbers and more than three hundred volunteers.

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