The mission of the Arkansas Minority Barber & Beauty Shop Health Initiative is to increase public awareness about heart disease and stroke. The goal is to empower minorities to better understand hypertension prevention and management. This initiative will carry out its mission by incorporating Million Hearts™ which will focus on coordinating and enhancing cardiovascular disease prevention activities across the nation to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Million Hearts will promote the “ABCS” of clinical prevention (Appropriate aspirin therapy, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, and Smoking cessation) as well as healthier lifestyle.
The primary objectives of the Arkansas Minority Barber & Beauty Shop Health Initiative are three-fold:
- Screen: Provide diabetes, hypertension, and cholesterol screening
- Educate: Teach communities about the importance of proper diet, physical exercise, recognizing signs and symptoms of chronic diseases.
- Refer: Refer high risk individuals identified through screening to local health units.
Population of focus: Residents of the state of Arkansas
Organization: Arkansas Department of Health