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Friday February 22, 2011  

Support the 3rd Annual African-American Men’s Health Empowerment Summit & Job Fair

LOS ANGELES – The Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center for the 3rd Annual African-American Men’s Health Empowerment Summit & Job Fair.

Bill J. Releford , the event’s founder, will be joined by former Los Angeles Lakers’ guard Norm Nixon at the summit in drawing attention to health disparities in black men. The event is scheduled for Feb. 26, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“The need to address health care disparities in African American men is paramount in light of the fact they have the lowest life expectancy of any group in the U.S.," Dr. Releford said. He said he hopes more than 3,000 men will be screened for cardiovascular disease and educated on prostrate cancer during the event.

A day of live entertainment, seminars, and FREE screenings for diabetes, high blood pressure, prostate cancer, cholesterol, HIV and dental has been planned. Qualigen, a partnering company of the black barbershop program, will employ rapid prostrate tests, providing results within 10 minutes. Others include: the Prostate Cancer Foundation, Novartis, Eli Lilly, County of Los Angeles, Cardiocheck, LifeClinic, Qualigen, PhRMA, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Dada Shoes.

Panels will discuss health care reform, among other topics. Dr. Garth Graham, M.D., the deputy assistant secretary for minority health, will share a federal perspective on health care. Another panel, led by Dr. Releford that includes Cynthia Davis of Charles Drew University in Los Angeles, will discuss black male health.

“This event is yet another example of the amazing work done by Dr. Releford and the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program that continues to connect to, and to improve the health our community” said Keith Norris, M.D., executive vice president for research and health affairs at Charles Drew University.




For more information, please contact:
Daryl Strickland

Charles Drew University of Medicine & Science
Telephone: (562) 229-4924

About Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program
The Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program seeks to reduce health care disparities among African American men through screening, educating and referring men to the doctor. Since its inception, the program has screened over 25,000 men in over 26 cities in 450 black owned barbershops.

About Dr. Bill Releford
Dr. Bill J. Releford, a podiatric surgeon based in Los Angeles, is a graduate of the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. He established the Diabetic Foot Institute in Inglewood. He specializes in diabetic limb salvage to help reduce diabetes-related amputations among African Americans. He has dedicated his life to increase health awareness in underserved communities.


About Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science
CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, minority-serving medical and health sciences institution.  Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,500 post-graduate physicians, more than 2,000 physician assistants and hundreds of other health professionals.  The only dually designated Historically Black Graduate Institution and Hispanic Serving Health Professions School in the U.S., CDU is recognized as a leader in translational and health inequities research, specifically with respect to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health, and HIV/AIDS.  Recently, the CDU/UCLA medical program was named the “best performer” in the University of California System with respect to producing outstanding underrepresented minority physicians by the Greenlining Institute.  For more information, visit .


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