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Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males

ICSSBM > Newsroom > Press Releases > 2014 Indiana Black Barbershop Health Initiative Kick-off Event March 27th at the Statehouse 2014 Indiana Black Barbershop Health Initiative Kick-off Event March 27th at the Statehouse

Indiana– The 2014 Indiana Black Barbershop Health Initiative Kick-off Event is Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Indiana Statehouse. Join the Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males (ICSSBM) as they discuss their April 5, 2014 statewide health initiative. While there you can take advantage of complimentary health screenings and haircuts.

On Saturday, April 5, 2014 you can visit more than 50 Indiana barbershops located in the 13 cities listed below from 9:00 am-3:00 pm to receive a free health screening and educational materials from trained health care providers.

  • Elkhart
  • Evansville
  • Fort Wayne
  • Gary
  • Hammond
  • Indianapolis
  • Jeffersonville
  • Kokomo
  • Merrillville
  • Michigan City
  • Richmond
  • South Bend
  • Terre Haute

The Indiana Black Barbershop Heath Initiative, along with numerous volunteers, seeks to enlighten African American men to better understand cardiovascular diseases through screening and education. This year’s statewide initiative partners include Admiral Medical Supplies, Affecting Cancer Together (ACT) and the Indiana Minority Health Coalition. The initiative also enjoys support from local health and community partners and is thankful for the public engagement in each city.  

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.

This is the fourth year for the annual initiative and from the first year with six cities the initiative has doubled to twelve cities. The initiative utilizes over fifty barbershops, over two hundred barbers and more than three hundred volunteers. To learn more about the health outreach effort, and to view a complete list of the barbershops involved, please go to www.in.gov/icssbm.

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