Joseph Ravenell: How barbershops can keep men healthy
Joseph Ravenell - Physician and men’s health advocate
Using unexpected channels like the pulpit and the barber’s chair, Dr. Joseph Ravenell delivers basic health care information to an at-risk demographic -- African-American men. Full bio
is not just a place
or your beard trimmed.
has been a safe haven for black men.
to get away from the stress
by the outside world.
where we can fearlessly be ourselves
of the black barbershop.
with my dad as a kid.
every other Saturday.
the same group of men would be there
that warmly welcomed us
and they treated him like a celebrity.
of the conversations was immense.
and sports and music
a black man in America.
talked about health.
were lengthy and deep.
their doctor's recommendations
you could reduce stress,
high blood pressure in the barbershop.
of black men have it.
every single black man
in the barbershop
when high blood pressure
He had a stroke."
He died last week.
pressure than from anything else,
and science have demonstrated
can be prevented
and appropriate treatment.
so differentially deadly for black men?
is either untreated
with the primary healthcare system.
those with high blood pressure,
a primary care doctor
on black men's health
office is associated with fear,
that you go when you don't feel well.
you might wait for hours
a stoic figure in a white coat
don't want to be bothered
your most vital organs.
Superstar Barbershop in Harlem.
as my barber for the last eight years.
more than they trust their doctors."
as I've been with Denny,
about every two weeks.
with your look and with your style,
and sometimes your life.
is more than just an artist,
for the well-being of his community.
into Denny Moe's shop,
a voter registration drive
and his community.
that typifies the black barbershop,
is a perfect place
other health concerns in the community.
a medical setting,
all the negative psychological baggage
and you're among friends
is a place of connection,
to have a conversation about health
have all the elements of great shop talk:
to be a black man in America
about high blood pressure
with the Denny Moe's of the world
to address the health inequities
expanded from clinics and hospitals
Dr. Eli Saunders in Baltimore
health promotion to community hubs
for my professional journey
that I worked on as a medical student
being perceived as healthy
went hand in hand with looking good.
of Project Brotherhood,
by Dr. Eric Whitaker
healthcare to black men.
for needed healthcare
valued how they looked
was also important to us.
and haircuts can be cultivated.
was Dallas, Texas,
were not only willing
their sleeves and participate
to improve the health of their customers
cadre of black barbers
to measure blood pressure
thousands of blood pressures
being referred to doctors
of their high blood pressure.
in the number of men
target blood pressure levels
that three point drop
with high blood pressure in America,
500 strokes and 900 deaths
has been no different in New York City,
of diverse research assistants,
with over 200 barbershops
screening and counseling
and community leaders
lower blood pressure
other health indicators.
by a unique problem
see the opportunity.
About the speaker:Joseph Ravenell - Physician and men’s health advocate
Using unexpected channels like the pulpit and the barber’s chair, Dr. Joseph Ravenell delivers basic health care information to an at-risk demographic -- African-American men.
Why you should listen
Colorectal cancer and hypertension are the two leading causes of death among African-American males over 50, and yet these men remain underserved by basic diagnostic procedures such as blood pressure checks or cancer screening. By tapping the members of the African-American community most often trusted by men -- barbers and religious leaders -- Joseph Ravenell hopes to change that.
Working with New York University's Men's Health Initiative, Ravenell studies and implements community-based strategies to diagnose and treat these preventable and potentially deadly diseases, offering blood pressure readings at barbershops and health education at churches and mosques.
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