3RD Annual Indiana Black Barbershop Health Initiative set for Saturday, April 13th


City of Evansville Seal

Through the Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males, health screenings and health education programs for African-American males will be provided on Saturday April 13, 2013 at more than 50 barbershops in Indiana including five Evansville Barbershops. In Evansville, the program is being sponsored by the Evansville Commission on the Social Status of African American Males in collaboration with community partners. David Wagner, Chairperson of the Evansville Commission on the Social Status of African-American Males, encourages men to be proactive with their healthcare because, “it may save your life.” Free screenings will be provided from 9:00 am-3:00 pm at the following barbershops:

Fila’s Designs Jerald’s Barbershop Shark’s Den Barbershop

1010 S. Kentucky Ave. 1337 E. Walnut St. 765 Lincoln Avenue

Evansville, IN 47714 Evansville, IN 47714 Evansville, IN 47713

Going Forward Lynch’s House of Coiffure

Barber & Beauty Shop 555 S. Kentucky Avenue

1015 E. Riverside Dr. Evansville, IN 47713

Evansville, IN 47714

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. Through black-owned barbershops, which represent a cultural institution of familiarity and trust, the initiative chose to provide health information and screenings in an environment men are comfortable with. This year the goal is to screen over one thousand men across the twelve cities. Last year in nine participating cities 748 screenings were performed.

Local partners include the City of Evansville and the Evansville Commission on the Social Status of African-American Males, Community Action Program of Evansville (Minority Health Initiative), Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center (SWI-AHEC), hosted by the University of Southern Indiana, Evansville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and American Medical Response (AMR).