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Hampton University's School of Nursing and Cancer Research Center Start Barbershop Outreach Project
10/22/2019 - #87

HAMPTON, Va. (October 22, 2019)-- On Saturday, October 19th, the Hampton University School of Nursing, in conjunction with the Hampton University Cancer Research Center, held the very first Hampton University Barbershop Outreach Project at BK’s Barbershop in Hampton, VA. 

The aim of the project is to educate, assess and screen African-American males by performing health-related services in a comfortable and familiar setting. Across several Saturdays, the Hampton University Barbershop Outreach Project researchers will screen and educate patrons while providing vouchers for free haircuts as incentives. During the screening, researchers will collect qualitative and quantitative data to assess for effectiveness of the outreach efforts.

"It is wonderful that our School of Nursing and Cancer Research Center have come together to provide health care services to this population," said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.

15 trained African-American male healthcare providers and Registered Nursing students will perform the outreach and data collection. In this setting, they will provide culturally-appropriate assessments and tailored education to African-American men. The free haircut vouchers can be redeemed at the participating barbershops. 

“The Hampton University School of Nursing wanted to find a way to reach out and spur the conversation with Black men and their health. Black men don’t seek out health care; there’s a health disparity there. We need to be more active and more involved in bringing them to the conversation,” said Hampton University Instructor, Jonathan Romero, MSN, RN, RSA.

Those who attend the outreach program receive pamphlets on treating prostate problems, screening for colon cancer, cancer facts for men, and more. For more information, contact Jonathan Romero at jonathan.romero@hamptonu.edu.


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