Making a Difference

Preventative Care Starts in a Barber Chair


The neighborhood barbershop is at the heart of many African-American communities – a place where men go not only for a trim, but to plug into neighborhood happenings and take part in some good-natured ribbing. “People come to us once a week like they might go to church,” said Ray Lindsey, a barber at Serenity Salon in Trotwood. Barbers have a bond with their clients that is rivaled by few others in the black community. It was clear that they could play a key role in raising awareness among men about potentially serious health conditions that might be going unaddressed. So Premier Health recently teamed up with Serenity Salon and two others in Montgomery County: Deeez Cuttz Barbershop in Trotwood, and Man Up Barber Shop in Huber Heights. On select Saturdays, we provide free, voluntary, and convenient health screenings at the barbershops, taking blood pressure and measuring customers’ height, weight and blood sugar levels, a good indicator of one’s risk for diabetes. On occasion, even larger health fairs will be hosted on-site. “We say at our shop, ‘We’re changing the world one head at a time,’” said Antoine Walker of Deeez Cuttz Barbershop. Premier Health is proud to partner with local barbers to make a difference in the health of local African-American residents. “Hairs” to your health!

Learn more about the Barbershop Health Program.

Other ways Premier provides physical literacy and chronic disease management in the community:

Content Updated: April 15, 2019

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