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Willowbrook, June 1 – A new program is bringing health education to African American and Latino men through a trusted venue: the barber’s chair.
In an area of Los Angeles with some of the worst health statistics in the nation, nine barbershops throughout South LA have teamed up with doctors from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital (MLKCH) and MLK Community Medical Group to offer “Man Up!” – a new men’s health education and outreach program.
Their job: to talk with men in a supportive setting about the common health risks men face and to give them access to the resources and education that can help them stay healthy.
African American men have some of the highest rates of prostate cancer and heart disease and diabetes. Latino men have high rates of obesity compared to other racial/ethnic groups and are three times more likely to be uninsured.
“Health doesn’t have to be an intimidating conversation,” said Dr. Jorge Reyno, Vice President of Population Health at MLKCH. “We want to get the word out in places where men feel comfortable. We want the trusted voices of our community members leading the conversation. We know that sometimes it takes support to get the support you need.”