Join the Indiana Black Barber Health Initiative (IBBHI) for a 10-year celebration!

September 15, 2021

Black Barber Shop InitiativeJoin the Indiana Black Barber Health Initiative (IBBHI) for a 10-year celebration!

Looking for a rewarding volunteer opportunity? Volunteer with the IBBHI as they work in 16 different communities across the state, on select Saturdays in April.  The IBBHI will partner with local barbershops to 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 opportunity to educate customers about chronic disease and overall health by providing free health screenings. The screenings provided by the IBBHI measures body mass index, blood pressure, and blood glucose. Health information on how to live healthy lifestyles and how to incorporate exercise into daily lives is also shared with customers.

If you are interested in volunteering to provide health information or conduct health screenings, please contact James Garrett, Executive Director, Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males at JGarrett@icrc.IN.gov.

For more information please visit the IBBHI website.

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