Black Barbershop Outreach Program

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African American men suffer disproportionately from preventable diseases and have the lowest life expectancy than any other ethnic group. The Crisis of the African American Male is further complicated by ongoing health care disparities. Early detection and intervention are necessary to address this growing trend. Dr. Stanley Frencher, Co-Director of the Black Barbershop Outreach Program, discusses the health of Black men and the importance of getting screened for prostate cancer as well as cardiovascular diseases.

The Diabetic Amputation Prevention Foundation launched The Black Barbershop Outreach Program in December 2007 to address the at-risk African American male population throughout the country for cardiovascular disease . Black owned barbershops represent a cultural instituton that regularly attracts large numbers of black men and provides an environment of trust and an avenue to disseminate health education information.

During The Black Barbershop Outreach Program volunteers have measured blood pressures and screened for diabetes in over 38 cities across the country. Customers with abnormal findings are referred to participating physicians or health care facilities. In some instances, men have been sent directly to the emergency room because of abnormal findings. More commonly, participates are given information about health care resources in their immediate community. In Los Angeles, we have developed "THE REAL BLACK BOOK / Medical Resource Guide" which is a compilation of free or low cost health care resources.

The Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program has developed key strategic partners around the country to address health care disparities in African American men. In order to reach our goal to screen over 500, 000 men by the year 2012 we are reaching out to every fraternity, sorority, medical school, nurse, corporate entity and philanthropist to help us prevent premature death in African American men from cardiovascular disease and prostate cancer.



About Dr. Stanley Frencher

DR. STANLEY FRENCHER Co-Director, Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program Dr. Stanley Frencher graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in Biology/Sociology. He specialized in health and aging, as well as in social inequality, race, class, and gender. Dr. Frencher earned his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. During medical school, he obtained a Master's degree in Public Health at Columbia University as a Macy's Scholar. Immediately prior to starting residency, he briefly interned on Capitol Hill for Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) working on health-related policy. He is currently the first Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar sponsored by the American College of Surgeons conducting surgical quality of care research at UCLA/RAND, interrupting his general surgery residency training at Yale New Haven Hospital. Now, transitioning to a surgical career in urology, his research interests include understanding patterns of screening and awareness of prostate cancer among minorities within health care systems and in community settings. To that end, he has teamed with Dr. Releford and the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program (BBHOP) to initiate an informed dialogue among African American men about the controversies surrounding prostate cancer screening and treatment in the barbershop. Dr. Frencher sees himself as a future leader in health both as a producer of rigorous research that informs the decisions of physicians, health care administrators, policymakers and, most importantly, an advocate for his patients and community.


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