November 19, 2016: Tina Patton and Imogene Harris administer a blood pressure test to one of the barbers at Al's House of Style in partnership with the 100 Black Men of Greater South Bend.

PARTNERSHIP WITH THE 100 BLACK MEN OF GREATER SOUTH BEND

South Bend Area (IN) Chapter and area sororities

A drawing for a free haircut will be held for those getting their blood pressure checked. Unidentifiable information is recorded for statistical purposes.

November 21, 2015: Raquel Foster of The South Bend Area (IN) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, administers a blood pressure test to Apostle Willie Coates, Jr. at Al's House of Style as part of the partnership with the 100 Black Men of Greater South Bend.

December 19, 2015: Angela Logan, Tina Patton, and Alice Miller of The South Bend Area (IN) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, administer a blood pressure test to a gentleman  at Al's House of Style as part of the partnership with the 100 Black Men of Greater South Bend. Our partnership continues.

Tina Patton and Imogene Harris completed blood pressure checks at Al's House of Style. 2019

The second year of partnering with the 100 Black Men of Greater South Bend on the Barbershop Initiative is now underway with volunteers working at the Al's House of Style every fourth Saturday from 9 am until noon. We expect a very successfully year, the same as last year. It has been reported that as a result of getting  blood pressure testing done at the barbershop, men have visited their doctors to find out that they had high blood pressure and is now receiving medication to help lower their blood pressure.


Into our third year of partnering with the 100 Black Men of Greater South Bend on the Barbershop Initiative and going strong. Every fourth Saturday of the month, members of the South Bend Area (IN) Chapter volunteer three hours to perform blood pressure screening at Al's House of Style. It is such a rewarding experience to see African American men and boys interested in their health by getting their blood pressure checked. Some of the men thanked the South Bend Area (IN) Chapter for taking an interest in their health and how much they appreciated it.


Our partnership with the 100 Black Men has continued through 2019, using the same format as in previous years. We are now in our fifth year of partnership with the 100 Black Men of Greater South Bend. The appreciation from the men continues to this day. We thank Al' House of Style staff for their cooperation and help in making this program a big success.

In September 2014, members of four local black sororities and women's social organizations began volunteering to help promote and administer blood pressure screenings at area barbershops. The hope is that the involvement of women will encourage more black men to participate in the screenings and pursue followup care when it is indicated. 


For several years, The 100 Black Men of Greater South Bend (The 100) has provided blood pressure monitoring equipment at five barbershops. The barbers would ask customers (men and women) to have their pressures checked and then record the readings and provide each customer with a list of area health care providers ad a handout of tips to achieving better blood pressure.


The program has been successful, but the demands on barbers to do their own jobs along with checking blood pressures proved increasingly onerous. The 100 asked sororities and women's social organizations to participate. After training on how to use the blood pressure monitors and on September 27, 2014, the actual participation of the organizations began. It was agreed that all organizations involved would volunteer at their respective barbershops on the fourth Saturday of the month (excluding January, February, July, and August) from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.


The organizations partnering with The 100 and their respective barbershops are: The South Bend Area (IN) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated at Al's House of Style; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority at Wigfall's Barbershop; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority at Main Event Barbershop; and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority at Inspiration Barber-Salon.


This program is headed up by the Chapter's Health and Human Services Facet. The outcome, according to President Jann Joseph and Facet Chair Raquel Foster, is a mutually rewarding partnership that could result in saving lives in our community. From the inception, the intent of this program has been to inform Black men, women and children about the urgent need of having a primary care physician whom he/she should visit frequently, provide health related information and screenings in the barbershops and having a list of low-cost health care service providers. 

Blood Pressure Monitor 

Al's House of Style supports members of the South Bend Area (IN) Chapter in their providing blood pressure checks to their patrons. 2019

Raquel Foster and Angel Logan were the volunteers for February 25, 2017 Barbershop Initiative. Link Raquel has coordinated this activity since its beginning in 2015, as Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee.