This year will be the Indiana Black Barbershop Health Initiative's 10th anniversary. In 15 different communities across the state, on select Saturdays in April, barbershops will host the initiative from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Black males have the highest mortality rate in the state of Indiana, which is believed to be in part due to the lack of trust for the healthcare system as a whole. Black owned barbershops represent a cultural institution that regularly attracts a large number of black men and cultivates an environment of trust. IBBHI uses this platform as an opportunity to educate about chronic diseases and overall health by providing free health screenings. The screenings provided by the IBBHI measures Body Mass Index, Blood Pressure, and Blood Glucose. Health literature on how to live healthy lifestyles and how to incorporate exercise into daily lives is also given.
URGENT: Due to the pandemic and COVID 19 the Indiana Black Barbershop Health Initiative is postponed indefinitely