Of all minority groups, African-Americans have the most, and many times the largest, differences in health risks when compared to other minority groups. African-Americans have more disease, disability, and early death as well. African American women are becoming more at risk of developing high blood pressure and diabetes. Yet, both can be prevented.The Black Beauty Shop Health Outreach Program, headed by Dr. Didra Brown Taylor, has taken on the challenge to address health disparities among African American women, right where they are, in the beauty shop.
The Black Beauty Shop Health Outreach Program is a natural outgrowth of the overwhelming national success of the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program, which to date has screened over 37,000 men for diabetes and high blood pressure." The Black Beautyshop Health Outreach Program was officially launched on August 28, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with Congressman Alcee Hastings with over 15 barbershops and beautyshops participating in the screening effort", states Dr. Bill Releford, founder of the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program and co-founder of the Black Beautyshop Health Outreach Program.