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Tuesday, May 14, 2013 – 8 am to 12 pm
Tamkin Auditorium, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
757 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095

UCLA Urology brought four of the leading minds in barbershop-based health outreach together for a free half-day symposium to share the lessons they have learned in trust building, community interaction, and balancing research and outreach. Working with communities is one of the most promising routes available to addressing the great inequalities seen in the burden of many diseases. Indeed, "the future health of the nation will be determined to a large extent by how effectively we work with communities to eliminate health disparities among those populations experiencing a disproportionate burden of disease, disability, and death (Office of Minority Health & Health Equity, 2012)."


A. Eugene Washington, MD, M.Sc., vice chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences and dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine – Welcome and Opening Remarks Video

Jody Heymann, MD, PhD, dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology – Welcome and Opening Remarks Video

Stanley Frencher, MD, MPH, a former Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and current Urology Resident at Yale School of Medicine, has dedicated his academic career to understanding prostate cancer screening patterns in minority communities and increasing awareness through community-based outreach. Through the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program, he has worked in Los Angeles’ African American communities to increase understanding of cardiovascular disease and prostate cancer. Video Powerpoint

Anita Linton,  MA, National Barbershop Initiative coordinator, Prostate Net. Through the Prostate Net's Barbershop Initiative, barbers are trained as lay health advisors, recruited medical centers serving minority communities, and placed computer terminals providing prostate cancer information in order to reach at risk African-American men.Video Powerpoint

Bill Releford, DPM, founder of the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program, which  has reached over 30,000 men across the country with heath information and screenings for hypertension, diabetes, and prostate cancer. Dr. Releford has outreach programs both domestically as well as internationally aimed at reducing the diabetes-related amputation rate in fragile populations.Video

Brian Rivers, PhD, MPH, a member of the Moffitt Cancer Center and Assistant Professor in Florida College of Medicine’s Department of Oncology.  The goal of his current research, CERED (Comparative Effectiveness Research for Eliminating Disparities), is to determine the effectiveness of community-based education in the provision of informed decision-making (IDM) for prostate cancer screening among African American men via lay health advisors and iPads. Video Powerpoint

For more information, please email info@uurc.healthsciences.ucla.edu


This project received support from the NIH/NCRR/NCAT UCLA CTSI Grant Number UL1TR000124.