YHYW Event Calander Postings for 2011
Barber Health Initiative: Direct Contact (Cutting Edge Health Advocacy)
Your Health is Your Wealth is proud to present Direct Contact (Cutting Edge Health Advocacy). Direct Contact is a program that features three weeks of in-house health training provided by a licensed medical professional to the participating barbers. This health initative utilizes barbers as community health advocates allowing them to utilize their strong community voice as the key driver to push the importance of personal health to males both young and old. Direct Contact is inspired by such barber health programs as Chicago's trend setting Project Brotherhood's preventive health program and Baltimore's Hair, Heart, and Health program, led by cardiologist Elijah Saunders.
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August 21, 2009 marked the date of commencement for Direct Contact. The program's classes are informative, interactive, and eye opening, teaching the facts about life threatening diseases like Diabetes, Heart Disease, Prostate Cancer and Hypertension. These are diseases that people lug around everyday without a clue, which is why turning barbers into health advocates will have such major impact on the amount of people that can be reached before time expires. Direct Contact's next session will begin April 25, 2011 to May 9, 2011 for three consecutive Mondays from 1:00pm - 2:00pm at North Central Community Health Center, which is located at 4000 Jennings Station Road.
What You Don't Know Can Hurt You Part II occurred November 10th form 2pm-4pm at the Saint Louis Community College - Florissant Valley Campus in Room 105-107 of the Training Center. Dr. Michael T. Railey, Director of Research and Medical Services for Saint Louis County Department of Health, led the discussion with a powerful presentation on Your Mental and Emotional Well Being. Along with Dr. Railey, Tyree E. Miller, LCSW Social Worker/Men's Group Facilitator for the Normandy School District, also held breakout sessions on "Dysfunctional Living and Mental Aspects of Male Sexuality." This was a follow up to our spring 2009 workshop held at the Florissant Valley and Forest Park campuses.