African-American Hairstylists Enlisted as Lay Health Promoters in Eight Michigan Cities

Non-traditional preventive education program for African-American females with chronic health conditions

The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan expanded Healthy Hair Starts with a Healthy Body™, a project to train hair stylists in African-American neighborhoods as lay health promoters to educate their clients about diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney disease.

Project staff expanded the project in three cities in Michigan and added five new cities. The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) national program Local Funding Partnerships.

This program provides matching grants to local grantmakers for innovative, community-based projects that improve the health of vulnerable people.

Key Results and Findings:

  • 742 hair stylists in eight cities in Michigan became lay health promoters, educating 19,527 clients about diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney disease.
  • Nearly 60 percent of clients took steps to prevent diabetes, high blood pressure and/or kidney disease or to seek medical advice.

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