The Barbershop Initiative strives to prevent illness and early death among African-American men by providing preventive services at local barbershops.
The services include:
- High blood pressure monitoring.
- Glucose screenings.
- Health education.
- Quarterly presentations on topics such as finance, mental health, fatherhood and domestic violence.
- Referrals to other services.
The initiative partners are the American Heart Association, The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority, the Georgia Department of Public Health and the DeKalb County Board of Health.
Hypertension Control Program
A team approach is used to achieve high blood pressure control among patients of the Men’s Health and Wellness Clinic (see below) by encouraging self-management and ensuring a continuum of care. The program provides treatment to patients with hypertension, as well as coaching, education and referrals to other services.
Fathers Offering Resources and Education (FORE) Program
FORE provides fathers with the resources and skills necessary to be engaged, effective and healthy fathers. The program is open to DeKalb County fathers ages 18 and older with at least one child under the age of 18.
The services include:
- Free monthly support group sessions that educate fathers on topics such as finances and parent-child relationships
- Mentoring and referrals
- An annual symposium on fatherhood
For more information, click here.
Men’s Health and Wellness Clinic
The Men’s Health and Wellness Clinic provides non-emergency, primary medical care and chronic disease management for low-income, uninsured DeKalb County men. The Physicians Care Clinic provides the services, with funding from The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority. The clinic is held in the Board of Health’s T.O. Vinson Health Center in Decatur and serves patients on Wednesday and Thursday evenings by appointment.
Interested men must apply. To access an application, click here or call 404-508-7847.
Men’s Health and Wellness Fair
An annual fair provides free onsite screenings and health education.
For more information about any of the Men’s Health Initiative programs, call 404-508-7847 or email DeKalb.OCDP@dph.ga.gov.