Visiting a barbershop in Fort Wayne on April 5 could possibly save a life. The Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males is joining with the Fort Wayne Commission on African-American Males and community partners to provide health screenings and distribute life-saving information at 10 local barbershops from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 5. The event will be held in 15 cities across Indiana.
The Indiana Black Barbershop Health Initiative seeks to inform African-American men on the causes and warning signs of cardiovascular disease. African-American men have the highest mortality rate of any racial or ethnic group.
Volunteers from Chi Eta Phi Nurses’ Sorority and IPFW Department of Nursing will conduct blood pressure and glucose screenings. Volunteers from the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne and other organizations will distribute health information. Those who participate will be eligible to enter a drawing for prizes.
Statewide sponsors include Admiral Medical Supplies, Affecting Cancer Together (ACT) and the Indiana Minority Health Coalition. Local sponsors include Parkview Health; IPFW Nursing, Walgreens, Chi Eta Phi, the Urban League, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, YMCA, IPFW Office of Diversity & Multicultural Affairs and the city of Fort Wayne.
Screenings will be at Unity Barber Shop, 921 E. Pontiac St.; Spirit Clips Barbershop, 2411 Hobson Rd.; Jerrell’s Barber Shop, 2104 S. Clinton St.; 2K Tight Barbershop, 3207 Lafayette St.; King’s Barber Shop, 1716 E. Pontiac St.; Qnic Cuts, 3205 E. Paulding Rd.; Optimistic’s Beauty/ Barber Salon, 3415 Warsaw St.; Precision Cuts, 7504 Paulding Rd.; Agape Kutz & Styles, 2309 Spy Run Ave. and Turn-N-Headz, 4234 S. Calhoun St.