Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program Saves Lives!
Black Men Are Dying Prematurely From Preventable Diseases
- African American Men are more likely to die from cardiovascular disease
- African American Men are 20 times more likely to suffer from kidney disease
- African American Men have the lowest life expectancy than any other sector in the U.S.
- African American Men are 5 times more likely to be homeless
- African American Men eat fewer servings of fruits and vegetables than other groups
About The Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program
The inception of the program grew out of recognizing the barbershop as a centralized gathering place for black men that can also be used as a medium to link men to health resources. The Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program (BBHOP) was spearheaded by Founder, Executive Director Dr. Bill J. Releford, DPM. Under his direction, the program has utilized barbershops as a platform to disseminate health education information and give screenings to black men in an environment where black men feel safe and appreciated, the barbershop. Dr. Releford established this novel health project on December 7, 2008 that has garnered national distinction from such mainstream media as Newsweek, NBC Nightly News, The VIEW and the Los Angeles Times.
The Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program has screened over 30,000 African American men for diabetes and high blood pressure in 460 black owned barbershops in 26 cities.
About The Founder
Dr. Bill Releford is recognized both domestically and internationally as a leader in the field of diabetic limb salvage and wound care. A graduate of the Temple School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, he began his practice in 1990 when he established the Diabetic Foot Institute, a facility dedicated exclusively to the reduction of diabetes-related amputations in high-risk populations.
Dr. Releford is founder The Releford Foot and Ankle Institute based in Los Angeles. effectively serves to effectively decrease the diabetes-related amputation rate in Los Angeles and its surrounding communities by providing a comprehensive wound care and limb salvage service. The Releford Institute addresses patients’ specialized needs, and creates individual treatment plans to heal wounds and prevent amputations.
Dr. Releford’s community outreach and health care advocacy efforts are facilitated through the Diabetic Amputation Prevention (DAP) Foundation, a nonprofit organization he founded in 2001, whose mission is to increase public awareness of diabetes through culturally specific education and community-based programs such as the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program that educates and screens black men for diabetes and cardiovascular disease at community-based black barber shops throughout the nation. Internationally, the DAP Foundation, in an effort to address health care disparities from a cardiovascular-disease perspective, has projects in Fiji, Costa Rica, Brazil, Ghana, Uganda, Gabon and Benin. Domestically, Dr. Releford and the DAP Foundation have been recognized for the success of innovative and effective community outreach programs.
Dr. Bill Releford is an assistant professor at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science, Los Angeles, California; and he lectures worldwide about the latest techniques in limb salvage and community-based outreach strategies. His book, Five Colors to Better Health, was published in November 2008.
Make your mind up and get healthy now!
Small changes in your lifestyle can pay great dividends in your overall productivity and quality of life.
Proper Eating Habits
A diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables can be perhaps the best way to stay away from the doctor. Dr. Bill Releford, Founder of The Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program, published “5 Colors A Day To Better Health” when he found that his healthiest patients ate at least 5 colors a day.
A daily regimen of moderate to vigorous exercise can improve your overall mode, increase your muscle mass and significantly decrease your body fat percentage. A consistent workout program of at least 45 minutes to an hour a day is highly recommended. Always consult your health care provider before you begin your fitness program.
Cigarette smoking can increase your risk of various cancers, high blood pressure, impotence and even lower extremity amputation. Historically, African Americans have been aggressively marketed to by the tobacco industry. As a result, African Americans have one of the highest usage of menthal flavored cigarettes which has been directly associated with a higher cancer rates.
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The BBHOP is the only national health initiative targeting African American men.
About The Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program
The Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program is a health entity designed to educate African American men about healthy lifestyles.
"I was screened for diabetes in a barbershop in New Orleans when the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program came to town. My blood sugar was very high and I was eventually diagnosed as having diabetes."
-Jamal S., New Orleans
"I believe that the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program actually saved my life. I am eating better and exercising."
- Sam J, Los Angeles
"BBHOP should be in every black owned barbershop."
- David J., St. Louis