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The Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program: Chicago Health Initiative to address health care disparities in African American men

Posted by Admin On June - 20 - 2011 Comments Off on The Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program: Chicago Health Initiative to address health care disparities in African American men


Chicago, IL – Visiting a barbershop in Chicago on Saturday, June 25th, 2011 could mean more than just getting a haircut.  It might save your life. The Back Barbershop Health Outreach Program, a unique, grassroots approach to health screening and education, will be held at more than 15 barbershops in Chicago and surrounding counties on Saturday, June 25th, from 11 a.m. to   4 p.m.


The Black Barbershop Heath Outreach Program, led by the founder, Dr. Bill J. Releford, D.P.M., along with a squadron of volunteers, the outreach program seeks to empower African American men to better understand cardiovascular diseases through a three-pronged approach: Screening, Education and Referring men to the doctor that need follow-up care. The program was funded by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science, UCLA and the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Those found to be “at risk” will receive the Real Black Book; a local resource guide that lists low cost medical care providers in their communities.


This year’s partners of the Chicago BBHOP Initiative include the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, The DAP (Diabetic Amputation Prevention) Foundation, the Prostate Cancer Foundation, Andis Company and AARP. The outreach program also enjoys support from local community partners and is proud to welcome Sanford-Brown College, and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.  


“The need to address health care disparities in African American men is paramount in light of the fact that they have the lowest life expectancy of any group in the U.S.,” said Dr. Releford a podiatric surgeon. “For decades, the black barbershop has served as a centralized gathering place where African American men feel comfortable discussing the most important issues that impact their lives: politics, social trends, family and finances.  Now, we are introducing an important discussion of health and the critical need for health awareness.”


Recent figures show African American men are 30% more likely to die from heart disease than White men, according to the Office of Minority Health – an arm of Health and Human Services, a federal agency.  Also, African American men suffer from prostrate cancer at a level that’s more than twice the mortality rate for any other racial or ethnic group in the U.S., according to the CDC.    


Through black-owned barbershops, which represent a cultural institution of familiarity and trust, the outreach program has adopted a novel means to spread health information. Over 25,000 African American men have been tested in 23 cities, including New Orleans, Chicago, Atlanta, St. Louis, Washington, DC, Baltimore and California since 2007 when the outreach program was launched. The ultimate goal by 2012 is to screen more than a half-million African American men.


Since 2007, nearly 750 black-owned barbershops have participated in the program. To learn more about the health outreach effort, and to view a complete list of those barbershops involved, please go to www.BlackBarbershop.org.


Brief Profiles of the Program’s Largest Sponsors



The Diabetic Amputation Prevention (DAP) Foundation

The DAP Foundation’s mission is to help decrease the diabetes-related amputation rate among high-risk populations around the world and to address the escalating number of individuals with undetected cardiovascular disease. The DAP Foundation’s outreach program seeks to partner with community groups and organizations to improve health conditions that adversely affect African American males through education, prevention and early detection screenings. The foundation’s efforts already have been duplicated in Oakland, Chicago, Washington, DC, Baltimore, St. Louis, Kansas City, Atlanta, New Orleans and other metropolitan areas.  For more information on participating in the program, or learning about sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.BlackBarbershop.org.


About Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science

CDU is a private nonprofit, nonsectarian, minority-serving medical and health sciences institution. Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,500 post-graduate physicians, more than 2,000 physician assistants and hundreds of other health professionals.  The only dually designated Historically Black Graduate Institution and Hispanic Serving Health Professions School in the U.S. CDU is recognized as a leader in translational and health inequities research, specifically with respect to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health, and HIV/AIDS. The university is among the top 7 percent of National Institutes of Health-funded institutions and rated one of the top 50 private universities in research in the U.S.  Recently, the CDU/UCLA medical program was named the “best performer” in the University of California system for producing outstanding underrepresented minority physicians. For more information, visit http://www.cdrewu.edu.

About the Prostate Cancer Foundation

The Prostate Cancer Foundation is the world’s largest philanthropic source of support for prostate cancer research focused on discovering better treatments and a cure for prostate cancer. Founded in 1993, the PCF has raised more than $370 million and provided funding to more than 1,500 research projects at nearly 200 institutions worldwide. The PCF also advocates for greater awareness of prostate cancer and more governmental research funds. PCF advocacy has helped produce a 20-fold increase in government funding for prostate cancer since 1994. More information about prostate cancer and the PCF can be found at www.pcf.org.


About AARP

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole.  AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates.  We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world’s largest-circulation magazine with over 35.1 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP’s millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors.  We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.                                                    


About Sanford-Brown College 

Sanford-Brown College – Atlanta offers career-focused training programs such as Cardiovascular Sonography, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Medical Assistant, and Medical Billing and Coding, and Advanced Massage Therapy that are designed to help students gain the specific skills and knowledge that employers are seeking.  SBC is institutionally accredited by theAccrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), a national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (DOE).   SBC – Atlanta does not guarantee employment or salary. SBC – Atlanta is part of the Career Education Corporation network of schools (NASDAQ: CECO). For more information, please go to www.sanfordbrown.edu/chicago.


For more information and a complete list of participating barbershops, visit www.blackbarbershop.org




                                                   PARTICIPATING BARBERSHOPS IN CHICAGO






Adams Barbershop

5138 West Madison Street

Chicago, IL 60644



Johnnie’s Vernon Street Barbershop

430 East 75th Street

Chicago, IL 60638



Ron’s Barbershop

5108 South Harper Avenue

Chicago, IL 60615




1514 South Wabash

Chicago, IL 60605



Keep Your Head Up Barbershop

102 St. Lawrence Street

Chicago, IL 60628



Silk & Classy Barber College

804-810 East Sibley Blvd.

Chicago, IL 60419



Hair Perfections Barbershop

236 East 115th Street

Chicago, IL 60628



L & M Barbershop

422 East 87th Street

Chicago, IL 60619



Silk & Classy Barber College

4263 West 167th Street – Polaski

Chicago, IL 60478


Harper Avenue Barbershop

1524 East 87th Street

Chicago, IL 60619



McCoy Barber College

2059 E. 79th Street

Chicago, IL 60649


Techniques Design Beauty & Barbershop

1575-77 Sibley Blvd.,

Calumet City, IL 60409



Herb’s Barbershop

5118 West Chicago Avenue

Chicago, IL 60651



Mo’s Styles & Moe’s Clips

6959 South Halsted

Chicago, IL 60621



Timeout At Shannon’s

845 West Monroe, 4B

Chicago, IL 60607


Better Business Bureau Advises: Don’t let stress and confusion from an auto accident add more expenses

Posted by Admin On June - 20 - 2011 Comments Off on Better Business Bureau Advises: Don’t let stress and confusion from an auto accident add more expenses

Chicago, IL – After the initial shock of a car accident, people often find themselves facing stress and confusion over how to get damage fixed. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) suggests drivers know the proper way to handle towing and repair claims after an accident.


“It’s difficult to think clearly after an accident, but it’s vital to get all the facts before saying ‘yes’,” commented Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and northern Illinois.  “When you allow a tow operator to carry your vehicle, you become responsible for the costs. Be mindful that the costs could exceed your coverage.”


The Better Business Bureau offers these towing and repair suggestions to help drivers make sound decisions following an accident:


  • Call your insurance company from the accident scene.
  • Never give permission to a tow operator who arrives unsolicited to take your vehicle.
  • Do not provide a tow truck operator with personal lien holder information.
  • Ensure that the tow truck signage matches the name that you called and is identical to any documentation the tow truck operator provides. 
  • If the truck is not marked, ask for identification. 
  • If in doubt, call the company back to ensure the operator is with the company.

Auto Repairs: 

  • Check the repair shop’s complaint records with your Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org. The shop you select should have a good track record of resolving any complaints.
  • Get recommendations. Talk to friends and family for recommendations. Ask your auto insurance agent, auto parts salesperson, or other business people you know.
  • Do not pay in full until the repairs are complete.
  • Look for a mechanic with experience working on the same automobile model and make as yours. Seek out a mechanic with good credentials, updated knowledge and skill. Some shops display ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certification, which indicates the mechanic has met basic standards in a specific technical area. You can also check for shops that participate in the AAA auto service program. But be careful; an ASE test or other certification is not an indication of ethics and integrity.
  • Interview mechanics. Are they willing to answer your questions? Do they convey a positive, professional image? Ask if the technician or shop has experience working on the same model vehicle as yours.
  • Ask the shop for the names of customer references. Then call those references.
  • Look for a shop with a clean and well maintained repair area. 

For more information on finding a tow or car repair service you can trust, visit www.bbb.org 


“Great, New African American Civil War Museum Ribbon Cutting and Dedication Ceremony Planned”

Posted by Admin On June - 20 - 2011 Comments Off on “Great, New African American Civil War Museum Ribbon Cutting and Dedication Ceremony Planned”


Washington, DC – “With much generous support from the Mayor and Council of the District of Columbia and hard work by our staff and volunteers, it is finally finished, a great new 5,000 sq. ft. African American Civil War Museum at 1925 Vermont Avenue, N.W.” said Dr. Frank Smith, Founder/Director.   2011 ushered in the beginning of a four-year celebration as America remembers the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War and the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement. The 3-Day Celebration theme is “Civil War to Civil Rights, Pathway to Racial Healing.”


For more than ten years, the African American Civil War Monument and Museum has stood as a testament to the struggle of African Americans and others to rid this nation of the scourge of slavery and racial bias. There is no doubt, America is a much better place for all having shed itself of slavery and a Jim Crow past, now comes closer to living out the meaning of the words ‘One Nation, Under God, Indivisible, With Liberty and Justice for All’.


On July 18, 2011 at 12 noon, the Grand Opening of this ‘great, new and permanent site of the African American Civil War Museum,  will join the ranks of educational, historically accurate and interactive museums, with $5 million in exhibitions, touch screens and the best curator in town! The New location at 1925 Vermont Avenue NW is directly across from the African American Civil War Memorial, which highlights the story of the 209,145 African American Soldiers who served during the American Civil War.


The Board of Directors and Staff of the AACWM invite all to attend the Grand Opening Ceremony of the New Museum, to be held Monday, July 18, 2011 beginning with a VIP reception at 12:00 noon.  The Opening Ceremony and Awards Program will start at 1pm.  


Mayor Vincent Gray and Congresswoman Eleanor Norton and other elected officials and dignitaries have been invited.  Other events include a Saturday (July 16, 2011) Racial Reconciliation, Teachers and Scholars Conference; and Sunday (July 17, 2011), a Civil War to Civil Rights Film Festival.  All events will be held at the new location listed above, which includes the ribbon cutting and dedication of the new site.  All Access Passes are being sold for $200.00/per person for attendance on all three days.  Proceeds will benefit the museum programs.


Former Ward One Councilman, Honorable Frank Smith is the founder of the project.  July 18, 1998, is a significant date; when the African American Civil War Memorial, Spirit of Freedom was unveiled, now a national monument, located directly across the street from the new museum. Thus, July 18, 2011, the date of the new museum opening has been planned to directly connect the museum to the July 18, 1863 battle, as seen in the movie “Glory” starring Academy Award winner Denzel Washington.  You see the heroic assault on Fort Wagner, South Carolina, with this historically documented battle of the US Colored Troops. 


Over the next four years, America will celebrate from 2011 – 2015 which reflects the Sesquicentennial (150th) Anniversary of the American Civil War (1861 – 1865).  Dr. Smith said, “We always want to plan our celebrations around significant dates when the US Colored Troops made history!”


The new location also contains a media center and a research area for descendents and scholars.  The African American Civil War Monument and the new museum site has added greatly to the master narrative about Civil War slavery and justice by injecting primary information on the heroic

role of blacks in helping Lincoln to win the war to keep America united under one flag.


Between 2011 and 2015, the African American Civil War Memorial Museum is putting together a series of programs on the American Civil War from the start of the war;  emancipation; to the end of the war; and post war situations of the newly freed slaves. The next four years present a great opportunity for the nation to make great strides in the discussion about race and equality and it is for this reason that we have adopted the theme:   “Civil War to Civil Rights, Pathway to Racial Healing.”


We invite the general public on this great journey to mark your calendar and plan to attend this special celebration.  A schedule of events along with our promotional flyer is attached for your review.  Beverly Perry, Senior VP, PEPCO is the board chairman.


For more information: Media Inquiries Contact : Lyndia Grant, 202-667-2667             

1925 Vermont Avenue, NW  Washington, D.C.  20001  202/667-2667  202/667-6771 (fax) www.afroamcivilwar.org

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