(Re)framing health literacy: Transforming the culture of health in the black barbershop

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Health literacy, a barrier to addressing health disparities in Black communities, is exacerbated by a history of healthcare maltreatment, poorly informed partipation in experimentation, and a perception of unethical medical behavior. Black communities have employed oral tradition to address health; integrating public health (Ctaliennes into communication within socio cultural spaces of blackness, lilack barbers are redefining roles and spaces, recrafting discourse about healthcare among, Black men. The Barbershop Hypertension Screening Program is designed to increase health literacy and knowledge of Black males through high blood pressure screening and referrals, This project illuminates the role of Black barbers in transforming this emancipatory space to encompass health education and empowerment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)176-186
Number of pages11
JournalWestern Journal of Black Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies


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