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Indiana Enlists Barbers in Health Initiative

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by Associated Press

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. — A southern Indiana health campaign is enlisting black-owned barbershops in a push to bring free health screenings and information on common diseases to black men.

The seventh annual Black Barbershop Initiative kicked off March 31 at Community Action of Southern Indiana in Jeffersonville with free health screenings, door prizes and health information.

Four black-owned barbershops in New Albany and Jeffersonville hosted health screenings and provided information about health insurance on April 1.

The News and Tribune reports that participants learn about their blood sugar and blood pressure levels and their risk factors for certain diseases.

Pam Clark with the Community Action of Southern Indiana says the events are fun for participants. But she says the message about getting health assessments and being seen regularly by a doctor are “very clear.”

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